Sunny & Mercy Philip Lead Pastors
God started calling Pastor Sunny into ministry in 1986. He refused because he had gone away from God and was ashamed of the failures in his life. But God of second chances assured him with the stories of Peter and Jonah and he surrendered his life for ministry. He wanted to do it along with his professional life. But God intervened again and he finally surrendered to the call for full time ministry in 1994.(Details are in his book, Building With Burned Bricks.)
When God was compelling him to enter into full time ministry, Pastor Sunny asked God what He wanted him to do. The answer was, 'Comfort my people.' So the main focus of Dr. Philips ministry is bringing healing and restoration to Gods people. His God given messages always bring comfort and encourage people. His books and articles do the same.
Since 1988, Dr. Philip has served as a Pastor. Currently he serves as the senior Pastor of the multi- cultural Gateway Christian Center in Valley Stream, NY.
He was also used by God to start the Global Network of Christian Indian Leaders (GONCIL), a leadership network for Indian Christian ministers scattered around the globe. It conducts leadership development conferences in different nations.
He has a B.S. in Chemistry from Kerala University, India; a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Polytechnic University in New York, an M.A. in Practical Theology from Trinity College, IN and a Honorary Doctorate in Christian Education from Freedom Theological Seminary in Rogers, AK.
Pastor Mercy Philip is the wife and ministry partner of our Senior Pastor, Dr. Sunny Philip. She hails from a family with a tremendous spiritual heritage. For four generations, her family has been stewards of Pentecostal heritage in India and around the world. Her father came to study in a Bible College in USA in 1962 and after his graduation ministered both in India and USA for the rest of his life. He brought his family to New York in 1974. Since then Mercy is a New Yorker. She is an ardent student of the Bible and ministers with a passion for the word of God. She is affectionately called Mercymamma by all nationalities in Gateway, which is a respectful way of addressing an older female in South India.
Rakesh Ragubir/ Associate Pastor.
Pastor Rakesh was borin in a Hindu family in Guyana. He accepted Jesus Christ as his savior after hearing a message in a public crusade. As a result he suffered much from his family members. But members of the Christian community nurtured him and gave him opportunities to grow spiritually. His ministry involvement started with the youth group in his local church. After immigrating to New York, he has held ministry leadership positions in wherever God has sent him. Pastor Rakesh is known for his passion and enthusiasm in the things of God.
In Gateway, Pastor Rakesh works with our Senior Pastor in the areas of administration, missions and children's ministry.
Janet Kennedy Intercession/ Women's Ministry
Janet Kennedy was born on the island of Jamaica in the West Indies. She migrated to the United States at the age of eight and has lived the majority of her adult life on Long Island. As a member of Gateway Christian Center she is currently part of the intercessory team and women's ministry whilst contributing her time to other ministries in the church. The motto Janet lives by is Luke 6:38. In addition to being a spirit led individual, she is also a very business oriented person who has had over fifteen years of retail management experience and is presently a licensed cosmetologist.
Pastor Emmanuel Asse Pastor for Community Outreach
Pastor Emmanuel Asse was born on November 2, 1974 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He learned how to worship and praise God, from a young and tender beginning. Growing up in a Christian family with a deep foundation of the word and fear of God, formed a very strong foundation of his preaching ministries. Emmanuel rejected the call of ministry on his life for many years, but in 2002 he rededicated his life to the Lord and came to the revelation that what God had for him was far more superior than what the world could offer. He enrolled in Mt. Olive Bible College and obtained a bachelor degree of theology.
Pastor Emmanuel work with people of diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds, guiding and supporting them to cope with various family problems and life challenges. He is very active in community affairs and work closely with politicians and law enforcement agencies along with other community leaders.
At Gateway, Pastor Emmanuel serves as the Minister of Community Outreach and is instrumental in aiding Gateway's effort to be a blessing to the communities it serve.
Indira Khan Children's Ministry Director
Indira Khan was born in Guyana, South America. Her parents were Hindus but accepted Jesus Christ, which paved the way for their entire family. Coming from a large family of seven sisters and three brothers, her parents always gathered them together to pray and sing. That is where her love for singing began. She became involved in the work of the Lord as a teenager. She has been a part of the worship team in Guyana and currently here in New York. Her love for children starts with her secular job working in a Foster Care and Adoption agency, and other children's facilities, currently with the Board of Education. She became a Sunday school worship leader and found much joy watching the children singing and worshiping Jesus. She's married to Fazal and together they have four children who loves Jesus and are also involved with the work of the Lord.