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.  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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Kids Director

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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Free & will bruce

Administrative Assistant

In 2014 Free was radically changed when she surrendered her life to Jesus. Free's faith was shepherded by surrounding herself with community and she is passionate about cultivating one in the church and the city of Asheville that is both authentic and life giving. 

Free graduated in 2013 with a bachelors in Business Marketing from Florida State University. She moved to Asheville in 2015 with her two year old daughter to pursue a career in property management. In 2016, she married her husband, Will, and after growing closer to God in the loss of their daughter Rosemary, God placed a dream in Free's heart to work in ministry where she can help to uplift and encourage others in their time of suffering. 

Free is excited to see the way God will redeem the broken parts of Asheville and use her gifting in organization and passion for community to help The Gathering Church be a part of Gods incredible plan!

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