Our Staff

  • Rev. Christopher White


    Chris joined the Gateway community in 2009 after working in campus ministry for 8 years. He received his undergraduate degree from Malone University and his M.Div. from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Chris is married to Jessika, and he loves spending time with her and their two children, Libby and Sam.

    3 Fun Facts: I have six fingers on my right hand, I have a far too deep knowledge of U2 facts, and I love to ski.

    Aspect of my job I most enjoy: Sharing a great conversation over a meal and listening for what God is up to

    On my day off, you will find me…: Finding coffee with a good book or a friend, walking with my kids, and then watching a movie with Jess

  • Sam Levy

    Director of Student Ministries

    Sam grew up in Central Pennsylvania and went to college at Shippensburg University, graduating in 2009 with a degree in education. He was a student leader in a ministry there before serving as a teacher in Baltimore. He now works in partnership between the CCO and Gateway to minister to students at Slippery Rock University and Grove City College. Sam is married to Alecia, whom he met while working at a summer camp. Together, they have a son, Everett.

    Top 3 Books: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Culture Making by Andy Crouch, and Let Justice Roll Down by John M. Perkins

    Album that I could listen to on repeat: Nothing Is Sound, Switchfoot

    3 Fun Facts about myself: 1) I love cheese. 2) I once broke my arm by running into a dog. 3) I’ve never had a cavity.

  • Reed Verdesoto

    Worship Leader at Gateway

    Reed has lived in the Pittsburgh area with his wife Kate and 3 daughters, Lila, Eden, and Goose since 2003. Reed is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and was a student of CCO ministries.  After moving to his wife's family farm outside of Slippery Rock and New Castle, Reed and family started attending church at Gateway and quickly found a home and community.  Reed has been leading worship for churches around the Pittsburgh area for more than a decade, in many EPC Churches.

    Top 3 Books: Enders Game by Orson Scott Card, Slaughter House 5 by Vonnegut, Biblia Pauperum- the Bible of the Poor the Gutenberg Blockbook

    Album(s) on Repeat: 22 a Million - Bon Iver, Sky Blue Sky - Wilco, Mouse and the Mask - Dangerdoom

    Day off:  WHATS THAT?  Farm, carpentry, hunting, writing parody music, coaching soccer, brewing, kid stuff!

  • Leah Hornfeck

    CCO Fellow at SRU

    Leah grew up in Beaver Falls, PA. She attended Duquesne University, where she earned a degree in Athletic Training and served as a leader in Duquesne's CCO ministry, Crossroads.

    Top 5 Books: Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, Unashamed by Lecrae Moore, The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis, The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Garden City by John Mark Comer

    3 Fun Facts about myself: 1) I love swing dancing. 2) When I was 9, I was temporarily blind in my right eye due to a Nerf gun incident. 3) I like to insert song lyrics into everyday conversation.

    Movie I could watch over and over: Silence of the Lambs