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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