We are so glad that you decided to check us out. We are a community of people that come from all different walks of life.  We would love for you to be part of this community and experience a life of joy with others.  When you come to our worship gathering, you can expect it to be fun, inspirational and genuine.  We believe that our Sunday gathering is important, but always know that we are MORE THAN SUNDAY.  We want to see all of us in community with each other throughout the week.

Our Team




John Mark is the dreamer who spent every day staring out the window in school. He loves to laugh and rarely takes himself too seriously. He carries the vision for the church with a deep brokenness for people who don’t know Jesus. As Lead Pastor he keeps everything we do focused on the goal of bringing hope, grace, and Love to the city of Asheville. 7 years ago God broke his heart for the local church and called them to start a church. He spent that time pursuing a seminary degree, asking every question he could and reading every book he could get his hands on the subject. For the last 3 years he served at South Bay Church in San Jose, Ca as the Student Director. While praying together on a retreat John Mark and Rahel felt God calling them specifically to Asheville. John Mark and Rahel are overflowing with passion and excitement for what God is going to do in the city of Asheville!

John Mark raises his own salary to work on staff at The Gathering. If you would like to contribute to John Mark’s support, you can do that here.

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Robbie loves to put legs to a vision. For years he has told those around him that his calling is to be a “second man.” The best leaders are those who have a strong team around them. Robbie wants to bring strength to The Gathering Church by seeing the vision come to a reality.

Before moving to Asheville, Robbie spent 27 years in Charleston, SC. For 8 years he served and worked with the Young Adult Ministry at Northwood Church. He spent 4 years Pastoring the Young Adult ministry at Northwood. He and his wife, Chelsie, love being a part of community that cares for one another. They believe that God wants to reach Asheville in a unique and creative way and they are excited to be apart of this journey!

Robbie raises his own salary to work on staff at The Gathering. If you would like to contribute to Robbie’s support, you can do that here.

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Robert is a “creative” who loves production, technology, music and graphic art.  He has a BA in Youth Ministry from Charleston Southern University. He is the type of guy that does a Google search on something as he feels as though a topic of conversation needs more information or a question answered. Social media, branding and marketing take a high priority when it comes to a business, organization or event. Prior to moving to the mountains of Asheville, Robert was a beach boy native of Charleston, SC.

He invested 17 years at Seacoast Church and served most recently as the worship and creative director for their student ministry, Custom Students.  He and his wife, April, founded #scripturedoodle, a creative movement of illustrating God’s Word as well as Well Crafted Retreats. They are excited to be part of the creative community in the city of Asheville!

Robert raises his own salary to work on staff at The Gathering. If you would like to contribute to Robert’s support, you can do that here.

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Sarah has always had a heart for serving along with an unyielding ambition to cultivate and grow that value in others.

From the Nursery through to Young Adult Ministry Sarah enjoys the adventure of discovering the area of greatest impact to influence the next generation.  She also seeks to make Kids Ministry the most fun place to be on a Sunday morning!

Born and raised in Michigan Sarah has a Bachelors in Hospitality Management from Purdue University and 15 years in the service industry.  Sarah's husband Brian is from San Jose California and a leader in the Sunday Worship experience. Together with their bubbly toddler Nouelle they enjoy traveling, dance parties in their living room, and going out for ice cream. 

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Mikey’s a native Texan who’s always up for a pick up game of any sport, meeting new people or traveling anywhere. For over 10 years, Mikey’s ministry experience has ranged from serving with students and leading the young adults ministry at his home church in Texas, to moving to Champaign-Urbana, Illinois where he served as a Student Pastor, and then as a part of a church planting team. His heart beats for people to get out of the boat and walk with Jesus daily in the known and the unknown. Whether he was spending a year in Swaziland, Africa, or working as a Starbucks manager, the goal has been the same…to see people come alive as they encounter Jesus personally.  


Mikey and his wife Morgan met working in student ministry in 2006, and wholeheartedly believe that the world can be radically impacted by a generation of students who have been ignited to passion and purpose. They are excited to be a part of what God has in store for the students of Asheville.

Mikey raises his own salary to work on staff at The Gathering. If you would like to contribute to Mikey's support, you can do that here.

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Danielle and daniel edwards


Danielle can accomplish just about anything set before her and she dreams big. She is what many call a “doer”! Danielle has a huge heart for loving and caring for people well and pointing them to Jesus. She loves helping the broken, locally and internationally; see just how much God loves them. In 2009 she was a part of her first mission trip. It was this trip that cultivated the small seed for serving internationally that grew and overwhelmed her heart. Following that trip, she lead 2 short term teams and experienced more people beginning a relationship with Jesus than she ever imagined!

Danielle met her husband 18 years ago working in a local barbeque restaurant. They were married in 2008. Danielle and Daniel have a passion for family! They believe wholeheartedly in adoption and fostering and plan to continue to build their family this way. In 2014 their first son Cooper was born and their second son, Cayson was born in 2017.

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Statement of Faith


The Holy Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. In its original writing, it is inspired, infallible and inerrant
(II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26).


There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and co-eternal
(I John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 3:7-11).


Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross for mankind and thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory.
(John 1:1,14, 20:28; I Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; I Timothy 2:5).


Jesus Christ was conceived by God the Father, through the Holy Spirit (the third person of the Trinity) in the virgin Mary's womb; therefore, He is the Son of God
(Matthew 1:18, 25; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 7:14; Luke 1:27-35).


Man was created good and upright, but by voluntary transgression he fell; his only hope of redemption is in Jesus Christ, the Son of God
(Gen. 1:26-31, 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21).


For anyone to know God, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential
(John 6:44, 65; Matthew 19:28; Titus 3:5).


We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ: His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human efforts
(Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22).


Repentance is the commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Christ, which allows us to receive His redemption and to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Thus, through repentance we receive forgiveness of sins and appropriate salvation
(Acts 2:21, 3:19; I John 1:9).


Sanctification is the ongoing process of yielding to God’s Word and His Spirit in order to complete the development of Christ's character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that the Christian is enabled to live a Godly life
(I Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; II Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18, II Thessalonians 2:1-3, Romans 8:29, 12:1-2, Hebrews 2:11).


The Blood that Jesus Christ shed on the Cross of Calvary was sinless and is 100% sufficient to cleanse mankind of all sin. Jesus allowed Himself to be punished for both our sinfulness and our sins, enabling all those who believe to be free from the penalty of sin, which is death
(I John 1:7; Revelation 1:5, 5:9; Colossians 1:20; Romans 3:10-12, 23, 5:9; John 1:29).


Christians are people who have invited the Lord Jesus Christ to come and live inside them by His Holy Spirit. They relinquish the authority of their lives over to him thus making Jesus the Lord of their life as well as Savior. They put their trust in what Jesus accomplished for them when He died, was buried, and rose again from the dead
(John 1:12; John 14:17, 23; John 15:4; Romans 8:11; Revelation 3:20).


Given at Pentecost, it is the promise of the Father, sent by Jesus after His Ascension, to empower the Church to preach the Gospel throughout the whole earth
(Joel 2:28-29; Matthew 3:11; Mark 16:17; Acts 1:5,2:1-4, 17, 38-39, 8:14-17, 10:38, 44-47, 11:15-17, 19:1-6).


The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection, and confirm the power of the Gospel. The Bible’s lists of these gifts are not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of Biblical parameters. (Hebrews 2:4; Romans 1:11, 12 :4-8; Ephesians 4:16; I Timothy 4:14; II Timothy 1:6-7; I Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; I Peter 4:10).


The church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus' Great Commission. Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the church as a member of the body of believers. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
(Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23).


Water Baptism: Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new convert is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
(Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48).

The Lord's Supper: A unique time of communion in the presence of God when the elements of bread and grape juice (the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus' sacrifice on the Cross
(Matthew 26:26-29; I Corinthians 10:16, 11:23-25).


Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. In addition, both the saved and the lost will be resurrected; they that are saved to the resurrection of life and they that are lost to the resurrection of eternal damnation
(Luke 24:16, 36, 39; John 2:19-21, 20:26-28, 21:4; Acts 24:15; I Corinthians 15:42, 44; Philippians 1:21-23, 3:21).


Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His Kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures
(Matthew 24:30, 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11; I Thessalonians 4:15-17; II Thessalonians 1:7-8; Revelation 1:7)