Eddie Pate, professor of evangelism and director of the David and Faith Kim School of Global Missions, has been associated with Gateway in one way or another since 2005. He is the former director of Gateway Seminary’s Southern California Campus and served four years as director of the David and Faith Kim School of Global Missions from 2008-2012. Eddie taught at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary before coming to Gateway. Prior to that time, Eddie and family lived in Jordan and Sudan (1993-2004). Eddie served as the senior pastor of the First Baptist Church, Barstow California from 1986-1993 and again from 2012 to 2021. He has additional experience as senior pastor of the North Temple Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, from 1982-1986.
Dr. Pate has a BA in religion from California Baptist College, 1980, and an M.Div. (1984) and D.Min. (1989) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has studied additionally at Fuller Seminary and Biola as well the Kelsey School in Amman, Jordan.
Though born in Memphis, Tennessee, Eddie grew up in Anaheim, California, in the shadow of Anaheim Stadium and Disneyland. He has been married to Myrla (a Texan) for the past 42 years. They have four grown sons (three married), four granddaughters and seven grandsons. He loves living in the High Desert, bicycling, kayaking and fishing in California! Dr. Pate loves all kinds of food and especially combination burritos (California Bold style) from the original Del Taco in Barstow, California.