Eastgate leaders

Eastgate leaders

Our leadership team is known as the “Board of Directors”.

In practice, we tend to use the terms “director” and “elder” interchangeably, as the Bible says that elders “direct the affairs of the church” (1 Timothy 5:17).

The Board’s primary responsibility is to develop the culture and environment of Eastgate and provide oversight for all our activities, in particular looking at vision, strategy and priorities.

Each Director also has specific areas of responsibility and lines of input and accountability into one or more areas of Eastgate life.

You can find out a bit more about each of our Directors below.

Directors

  • Pete Carter

    What do you do here?

    Provide leadership, vision, strategy, faith and inspiration to Eastgate.

    Eastgate story

    I started leading the church in 1988 when there were about 25 adults and 10 children. At that time I was a full time GP. I have had the privilege of developing the leadership structure through the various phases of church growth and in 1994 I left my GP partnership to devote my time more fully to the church. More than 20 years later I continue to be amazed at what God has done and is doing amongst us.

    What’s your passion?

    To see the full potential of Christianity realised through our daily lives. I also have a particular passion to see the world of medicine affected by the power and love of God, and for Christian healing to sit alongside good medicine for the sake of any who choose to benefit from it.

    What do you love?

    I love my family life with my wife, children and grandchildren. I love playing sport and watching it, especially the Olympic Games.

    One interesting fact about you

    I worked at a Mission Hospital in Kenya.

  • David Webster

    What do you do here?

    Director responsible for teaching, training and evangelism.

    Eastgate story

    In 1992 I planted a church in Gravesend with a team of people. In response to God’s prophetic direction that church merged with North Kent Community Church in 2005.

    What’s your passion?

    I have a passion to see individuals finding their identity in God and transforming communities and the nation by the Kingdom of God.

    What do you love?

    I love my wife and family. Beyond that I love reading, preaching and chatting to people over a coffee.

    One interesting fact about you

    I once sang a solo to 10,000 people at the Empire Pool Wembley.

  • Kim Carter

    What do you do here?

    Leader in Eastgate School of Supernatural Life. Oversee World Changers (children in Eastgate) and reaching out to families in the wider Community.

    Eastgate story

    Pete and I moved to be part of a small village church, New Ash Green Community Church in 1987. Within 6 months Pete was leading the church. This church grew and evolved into North Kent Community Church. In the early years much of the church growth took place around our dining room table!

    What’s your passion?

    To see people realise who it is that God has made them to be – to see them flourish and grow. To see transformation of communities. In my mind communities are relational networks so can include both a geographical area and a workplace.

    What do you love?

    I love being involved with ESSL – sharing in the transformation journey of our students is an amazing privilege. Being out on my bike around the country lanes is one of my happy places with God and one of my best thinking spaces.

    One interesting fact about you

    I have cycled in the Olympic Velodrome, swum in the Olympic Pool and run in the Olympic stadium.

  • Donna King

    What do you do here?

    I am currently employed as Church Life pastor with oversight of the pastoral area of church life. I am also developing a Transformation Centre at Eastgate and overseeing the Bethel Sozo and Restoring the Foundations Ministries.

    Eastgate story

    I joined the church with my husband Stuart in 1992

    What’s your passion?

    I believe that the pastoral ministry needs to facilitate growing powerful people who are connected with the Godhead, take responsibility for their own walk with God, are unafraid to take risks for the Kingdom, have the confidence to dream big and proactively go for those dreams.

    What do you love?

    What do I love? God, family, people, Cornwall and books!

    One interesting fact about you

    I lived in The USA for three years and once met Ronald Reagan at the White House.

  • Photo of Liz Smallwood

    Liz Smallwood

    What do you do here?

    I have general oversight of what happens under the banner of Eastgate and helping form a structure where each part can work well with each other. This touches many areas of Eastgate life – the building and what happens in it, its connection with the community; finance; personnel; church members and integration; communication – website, branding, social media; events and conferences; health and safety; safeguarding – always with an eye on God’s plans for the future.

    Eastgate story

    I became a part of the church that is now known as Eastgate through living in New Ash Green and experiencing the love and support of this amazing group of people – I became a Christian in 1997 and started working for the church the year after.

    What’s your passion?

    My passion is to help create an environment where everyone can encounter the presence of God and experience His goodness.

    What do you love?

    What do I love? God, family, people, good food and wine!

    One interesting fact about you

    I was the first girl born in my family for over a 100 years.

  • David Stevens

    What do you do here?

    I am chairman of the trustees as well as being a director. I therefore have a responsibility for Eastgate’s wellbeing and governance. I work full time as a construction director for a major housing developer.

    Eastgate story

    In 1980 when I was 18, I was introduced by my best friend to a group of young Christians in New Ash Green. This is where I met my future wife Kate. I’ve faithfully stuck around doing what I can to help. This has included leading children’s work, leading the worship team, running home groups, overseeing home groups and being part of the leadership team for the last 20 years and a trustee for the last 11 years. I have also together with Kate raised our family of 4 children.

    What’s your passion?

    Having been part of Eastgate’s growth and development, I am passionate to see a continued presence centred approach. I also want to see excellent governance and organisation so that Eastgate remains a safe place for people to take risks. We have many talented and gifted people and our challenge is to give everyone the opportunity to develop to their full potential. I see myself therefore as a fireplace providing a place of safety, whilst working alongside inspired individuals and ministries. Having been instrumental in building the new development at Springhead Park and having led the team that built the Eastgate building, I want to see Eastgate influence many generations in both the local and wider community.

    What do you love?

    My wife and children, building and developing teams, most sports, Van Gogh.

    One interesting fact about you

    I am a MAMIL !

  • Tim Smith

    What do you do here?

    I am a director at Eastgate with particular responsibility for welcome and integration, stewarding and hosts and our Sunday evening meetings. The rest of the time, I work as a solicitor for an international law firm in London.

    Eastgate story

    Emily and I joined Eastgate in June 2011 on our return from Bethel where we had studied for 2 years. Moving to Eastgate after Bethel has proved to be a great decision. We were particularly attracted by the culture of freedom that exists here. We were also looking for a family, a church that loves God’s presence and a place where we would be encouraged to pursue all that God had been showing us and, I am thrilled to say, we have found it!

    What’s your passion?

    My desire is to be able to demonstrate God to people; not just tell them about Him. I want people to enjoy intimacy with God, encounter His love and power and know that they are incredibly valuable to Him.

    What do you love?

    I love my family, sport, good food, mountains and fine wine.

    One interesting fact about you

    I have a Californian drivers’ licence.

  • Dave Carter

    What do you do here?

    I am a director, with specific responsibility for youth work / 20s. I also work as a full-time GP.

    Eastgate story

    I was part of the church growing up, then lived in Southampton for 7 years before moving back in 2009 having felt called to be part of what the church is doing.

    What’s your passion?

    I’m passionate about making disciples, teaching people to live wholeheartedly for Jesus. I want to see the word of God taught powerfully, to live daily by the Spirit and to see young people develop in spiritual maturity.

    What do you love?

    Jesus, my family, cake, curry and ultimate frisbee.

    One interesting fact about you

    I have taken a rubber chicken on my travels to 3 different continents.