Phil is the president and founder of City Gates Ministries (CGM). God began to call him to ministry in 1995. He began advocating for low-income and homeless people from all walks of life. Under his leadership, CGM became incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 2005 and serves hundreds of clients each year. He has built a volunteer base of over 400, working closely with the community, local businesses, churches and other faith-based organizations. In 2009 he was ordained as a minister.
Phil’s faith in God and his boundless energy and enthusiasm make him not only a dynamic and effective leader but a compassionate and caring support for those in need to see the love of God in a spiritual and tangible way.
Rick has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and 25 years’ experience working in the fields of budgeting, accounting, and financial management. He has been a tax preparer for H&R Block for 19 years. Rick is well versed in church and nonprofit policy and tax law.
He is currently the financial officer for his church, New Day Christian Centre, a ministry he has had for over 15 years.
John Adams III
John is an ordained minister with a passion for discipleship and mentoring. He serves as the Associate Pastor for the Thursday night Street Lights program.
His education and training include an AA Liberal Arts degree from Saint Leo University and coursework toward his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with Columbia Southern University. John has also studied courses with The American Association of Christian Counselor’s Light University.
While pastoring with City Gates John saw a need to follow up with those who expressed a desire to take the next steps in their spiritual journey, which inspired John and his wife Jennifer to start a new ministry called CityLink Ministries.
Wayne works at JBLM Ft Lewis for Professional Contracting Services as a Furniture Supervisor.
In addition to serving on the board, he also serves at The Roots Community church with his wife leading a bible study on Tuesday nights teaching mostly on prayer. They are a part of City Link Ministries teaching discipleship when the rest of the team walks the streets ministering to the homeless.
Janet Best has been a volunteer with City Gates Ministries for 3 years. She first began working with the auction team to get items donated. With her passion for administrative skills, and streamlining procedures, she moved into her current position as assistant to Phil. This is her 2nd year as assistant.
Janet has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and a Diploma in Desktop Production, but after a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis she left the “business world.” In conjunction with working with City Gates, Janet also dog-sits; taking care of furry friends in their own home. Janet enjoys bike riding, making cards, creating projects with old wooden frames, and baking. Janet’s very active in her church and attends Bible Study Fellowship on a regular basis. Janet has lived in many places in California, New Jersey, and Washington, but says that Olympia feels like home.
Brian Mark has been a volunteer with our street ministry over the past few years. Brian is stepping into this role on the board with the intention of improving our organizational structure and guiding us through the strategic planning process. He is certified as a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma and has his Masters of Science in Management and Leadership. Brian is married to Johanna Mark and has two children, Aksel and Lola Mark. He loves to read, play basketball, and give back to his community. He believes in City Gates mission to pray for the people we serve and also for one another. He looks forward to helping build more connections between City Gates and other community organizations.