Senior Pastor: Dr. I. Charles Gates
The Rev. Dr. I. Charles Gates has been an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene since 1973. He served as pastor for more than 25 years and 10 years as a missionary for the Church of the Nazarene to the Republic of South Africa where he pioneered a work among the Ndebele people. After the district was placed into the hands of the indigenous people as leaders, Dr. Gates returned to the US and became Senior Pastor of the Vineland Church of the Nazarene in NJ.
Dr. Gates’ undergraduate work was completed at Eastern Nazarene College in 1971 and attended Nazarene Theological Seminary. He completed a Master of Church Management from Olivet Nazarene University in 1997, a Master of Religion from Trevecca Nazarene University in 1999 and a Doctor of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington DC in 2002.
As a pastor and missionary for over 43 years, Dr. Gates has mentored over 37 young people who have gone into full time Christian service as pastors and evangelists and he has recently served as Associate Professor of Religion at Trevecca Nazarene University and as Senior Pastor of Seashore Community Church of the Nazarene in Cape May, NJ. He is currently serving the Philadelphia District as a staff member assigned to mentoring pastors and assisting churches. He is also the Dean of the Philadelphia Urban Training Center. He is a churchman who believes that the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the holiness message is the relevant message of our world today.
- Pastor to Families
Originally from the St. Mary’s County Peninsula of Southern Maryland, Andy grew up in the Church of the Nazarene. From his home Church in Hollywood, MD he attended Eastern Nazarene College where he graduated with a bachelor’s of science degree in Elementary Education. There he met his wife Sharon who he has been married to for 22 years.
Over the last 23 years Andy has served in eight Nazarene Churches in Maryland, Florida, Tennessee, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Andy taught 5th grade in Maryland Public Schools for the first six of those years. In 2006 Andy completed his Master’s Degree in religion from Northwest Nazarene University and in 2010 had his first book published, Best Practices for Children’s Ministry: Leading from the Heart.
Andy has served as a Children’s Pastor, Lead Pastor and Associate and is sought after for his leadership development and speaking. Andy has consulted with several Churches in the Church of the Nazarene in children’s ministry. From 2005-2012 Andy served as the Chairman of the Board of the Nazarene Children’s Leadership Network and has worked on several projects with the Nazarene Publishing House.
Andy and Sharon have three children: Grant Andrew (21) studying at the Univ. of the Arts in Philly; Amber Reedy (18) who is studying at Eastern Nazarene College; and Hannah Leigh (15) who is a Sophomore at Lower Cape May Regional High School.
Andy will be working with age level ministry teams and team leaders at Seashore and overseeing operations of the Seashore Community Learning Center.
Andy enjoys music, art, traveling, the beach, white chocolate mochas and anything Coca-Cola.
Associate Pastor: Sean Ports – Pastor To Youth
Associate Pastor: Ainsley Ports – Pastor To Young Adults
Worship Leader: David Macomber
David Macomber has grown up here in Cape May and has be serving as the Worship Leader at Seashore Church since 2004. “I kind of became a worship leader by accident while in College in California, but God has been growing, stretching and teaching me ever since.” says David about his experience as a leader . While the end goal is being sensitive and open to what ever God plans for the service – His greatest desire is to unify the congregation through song and bring them closer to a loving God.
David is Married to Melissa Mae and has a wonderful son who never stops running. He works as an Artist and Surf Photographer.
My name is Almond Weech and it is an honor and absolute privilege to be considered among those to assist in the work of Lord. It is truly a humbling experience. Furthermore, I am elated to be associated with such an outstanding organization as the International Church of the Nazarene, Philadelphia district particularly. Over the years I have acquired a wealth of knowledge in the areas of Community and youth development/ organization, public relation, customer service and the like. My experience is diverse, both in the private sector and the local church of the Nazarene.
I find pleasure in interacting with people of all walks of life and culture unique to my own, also, the young and the “young at heart”. My passion
is the development and further education of our young, less fortunate, disenfranchised etc. It brings me great joy working alongside likeminded people, coming together to achieve a common goal. Interestingly, I also enjoy cooking and bringing a smile to the face of one with an empty tummy.
I hale from a necklace of islands nestled some thirty five (35) miles off the coast of Florida. Here, you’ll find the Island of Grand Bahama, the third largest Island in archipelago of the Bahamas. A daily walk along crisp white sandy beaches and resting periodically beneath tall coconut palms, shading from the brisk warm sun is the place I call home.