WHO WE are




Our church is made up of people of all ages and backgrounds. Here are just a few friendly faces that you're likely to meet if you come on a Sunday or during the week. 

PASTOR CHRIS AND LYRA VAZ

Chris and his wife Lyra joined Gateway in 2012 after being Associate Pastor in a thriving church in Wembley. Both were born and raised in India, and came to Britain as missionaries in 2006. They have two beautiful daughters, Eliza and Daniella, who are very quickly learning the Welsh way of life.


Chris has a particular gifting in leadership training and teaching God's word. Lyra's pastoral heart is a real example to learn from and we're very blessed to have the family here in Abergavenny.


CHURCH ELDERSHIP

  • PHIL AND ANGELA

    Phil and Angela have been a part of Gateway since 2014. Phil heads up our Intercession, New Christians and Q&A Apologetics departments, is a regular preacher and along with Angela do an immense amount of pastoral care within the fellowship. Angela is an accomplished violinist, playing in a local orchestra and Phil  enjoys singing in a local choir..

  • PAUL AND RUTH

    Paul and Ruth have been involved with church leadership for many, many years and we are immensely blessed with the experience, grace and Godly wisdom they bring to the fellowship. They are one of the precious fathers and mothers in the house, given to caring, loving and coming alongside people.

  • STEVE AND SARAH

    Steve became an elder in 2013 and balances running a design business as well as a young family. He also enjoys surfing, mountain biking and bouldering.

  • PHIL AND SUE

    Phil is our longest serving elder, having been part of the eldership team for over 15 years. He is also a big Cardiff City fan. Sue has been one of our worship leaders at Gateway for over 15 years, and is also one of our trustees.

  • STEWART

    Stewart is the newest elder at Gateway. Having moving to the UK from South Africa, his compassionate heart and love for God and people is evident for all to see. 

  • HAYDN AND BELINDA

    Haydn and Belinda have been part of Gateway since the beginning.,Having seen all three of their children through church and into adulthood, Haydn became an elder in 2011 and together they have recently moved into Abergavenny.

Church Staff

CHENISE

YOUTH AND CHILDREN'S LEADER


Chenise came on board in July 2017 to head up the youth and children's departments, including our toddler group and crèche. 


Married to Josh, she is full of life, a passionate woman of God, loves people and is always found reaching out to those in need. She also co-leads one of our life groups.

AARON

ASSISTANT YOUTH AND CHILDREN'S WORKER


Aaron started as an intern at Gateway but his strengths and clear calling to serve the church led him into employment in early 2017. He serves in various ministries including Kidz Klub, Kingdom Kids, youth, pastoral care and is also an assistant lifegroup pastor.


Soon to be married to Steph, we know his future is incredibly bright and that God has His hand upon his life in an incredible way.


ALED

OPERATIONS COORDINATOR


Aled has been a part of Gateway for many years and alongside his strategic and invaluable role overseeing Operations, he is also one of our worship leaders and has an exemplary servant heart. 


He is married to Kim, is a dad, as well as granddad, and still manages to find time to tinker with the latest gadgets.

JAN

ADMINISTRATOR


Jan is the friendly voice on the end of all your enquiries and manages an immense amount of our administrative work behind the scenes.


She is married to Steve with two grown up children and loves walking the slopes of the Brecon Beacons and venturing off to foreign countries for short getaways.


RHYS AND NATALIE

CARETAKER AND DOMESTIC STAFF


Described as the oil that keeps the building running, Rhys and Natalie keep our buildings in good shape, whether it’s cleaning, repairing broken doors or getting different spaces ready for ministry. 


With warm and welcoming spirits, they also head up our parent and toddler group, and are a key part of our weekly drop-ins. Rhys is a bass guitarist in our worship team and an ardent rugby fan. 

We are connected to the Assemblies of God (UK), New Wine Cymru and the Evangelical Alliance, and subscribe to the EA’s Statement of Faith.