Pastor Jeremy Gates was licensed to ministry by Gilliam Springs Baptist Church in Arab, Alabama in 1983, at the age of 12. He was ordained in 1999 by the First Baptist Church of Dunedin, FL. He holds a Master’s of Music in Church Music from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Christian Counseling from Cornerstone University in Lake Charles, LA. He has served churches since 1991 in Student Ministry, Education and Music Ministry, and as the Senior Pastor of Westside Baptist Church, Titusville, Florida 2006-2013. He has now served as the Senior Pastor of Wright Baptist Church since 2013.
Pastor Jeremy believes in Biblical, expository preaching for life application necessary in today’s culture. He holds firm that the gospel never changes nor should it ever be compromised; and, his doctrines and personal beliefs completely align with the Baptist Faith and Message (as adopted by the SBC on June 14, 2000). He has been active in his local Association, and currently serves on our Florida Baptist State Board of Missions. His father, Pastor Gary Gates, is a Southern Baptist Pastor, and just recently retired as Director of Missions for the Brevard Baptist Association, Florida. Pastor Jeremy fully supports the Cooperative Program of the Southern Baptist Convention and the mission efforts of our denomination.
Pastor Jeremy served his previous community as a chaplain for the Titusville Police Department, volunteering several hundred hours a year offering Spiritual counseling for sworn and non-sworn personnel of the police department, doing “ride alongs” with police officers, delivering death notices, and offering counseling and resources for victims of domestic violence. He’s grasped opportunities to speak in various revivals, conferences, men’s ministries, business men’s luncheons and church leadership meetings. He has authored three books, When Life Hurts, Avoiding the Sin Trap, and most recently a novel, The Chair.
Pastor Jeremy and Kristin have been married over 20 years. They met in college, and have been on an “amazing journey together” as partners in ministry. God has allowed them to invest in other couples in leading marriage retreats and in counseling. Their daughter, Miranda, is a precious young lady who has come to know early in life what it means to give one’s heart to the Lord. They love the outdoors! They enjoy camping, kayaking, hiking, and taking advantage of God’s creation. Pastor Jeremy is a certified SCUBA Divemaster, and he and Kristin both enjoy diving. Miranda loves snorkeling with them. He is also an avid cyclist and participates in several charity rides each year. Pastor Jeremy’s newest goal is to complete a half-marathon!
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