Eddie Pate, professor of evangelism, 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. Eddie taught missions and evangelism at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary before coming to Gateway. Prior to that Eddie and family served with the IMB in Jordan and Sudan (1993-2004). Besides his role at Gateway, Eddie currently serves as senior pastor at First Baptist Church, Barstow California where he has been since 2012. He has additional experience at First Baptist Church Barstow, California as senior pastor from 1986 to 1993 and as senior pastor at the North Temple Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, 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 additional study in missions from Fuller Seminary and Biola as well as Arabic from 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 38 years. They have four grown sons (three married), three granddaughters and four 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.
Degrees and Accolades
D.Min., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
M.Div., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
S.A., California Baptist College, Riverside, CA