Our Staff

Lead Pastor

Lead Pastor

The Vegh Family
Ben Vegh graduated with a degree in Biblical Studies from Evangel University, Springfield, Missouri in 1998. He began his ministry in Dayton, Ohio at Bethel Christian Assembly of God as the children’s pastor. Ben enjoyed over eight and one half years in fulfilling ministry there. The Vegh’s moved their family to the Lakeshore in September of 2006 and Ben became the Lead Pastor at The Gateway Church. Ben and Jessica are enjoying their roles in their current position. They are excited to see people grow in their relationship with God and in their relationships with each other.

Pastor Ben and his wife Jessica have been married since 1996 and have two wonderful children: their daughter, Raegan and Logan, their son.

Ben enjoys a variety of sports and riding motorcycles. As a family, the Vegh’s enjoy traveling, biking, swimming, playing games and watching movies together.

Connecting/Worship Pastor

Connecting Pastor / Worship Leader

Pastor Bobby Hill

Pastor Bobby & Kyle Hill

Bobby Hill graduated from Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri with a degree in Bible & Theology in 2012. He began his ministry in Greenwich, Connecticut at Harvest Time Church as the worship and young adults pastor. It was at Harvest Time where Bobby met his wife Kyle. In December 2014, Bobby came to The Gateway Church, where he now serves as the Connecting Pastor – serving over worship and adult discipleship ministries. Seeing people passionately grow in their knowledge of God is what fuels Bobby’s passion for ministry. Bobby loves to proclaim God’s Word, and he and Kyle love to worship Jesus together in spirit and in truth.

Bobby and Kyle have been married since October 2015. Bobby enjoys making and drinking specialty, home-brewed, single origin coffee. He and Kyle enjoy watching an array of movies and television shows, reading, playing board games, and serving together.

Children's Director

Children’s Director

Rachel Nellis is currently a student at Northpoint Bible College in Grand Rapids, MI. She will be graduating in 2018 with a B.A. in ministerial leadership. She’s served in children’s ministry as a volunteer at Grand Rapids First Church for eight years. For most of the eight years she has loved serving as the kindergarten teacher. Seeing the kids grow in their understanding of God and develop their own, personal faith was the highlight of her time serving there. In March of 2016, she became the Children’s Director at The Gateway Church. She loves teaching the first through fifth grade kids about God and seeing them connect with Him.

Rachel loves adventure! Exploring with her friends or trying something new is one of her favorite things to do. She also enjoys biking, spending time at the beach, and a variety of sports. During the school year most of her time is devoted to academics, but she always manages to enjoy a good game of volleyball.

Youth Pastor

Youth Pastor


Pete Benson graduated from Bible Training Institute in the spring of 2012 and has gone through a two year youth internship at a local church in Lansing, MI. He and his family came to The Gateway Church in the summer of 2012 and serves as the youth pastor. He has a love for students and enjoys working with them in the Lord, having fun and being a part of their lives. He and his wife are family oriented and come from two large families themselves. They know and appreciate how important the family dynamic is in a young person’s life. Their goal is to partner with parents in the discipleship of students to have a firm Christian foundation and a lifelong relationship with Jesus.

Pete and his wife Debi have two children of their own; Peter John and Arielle Elizabeth. Pete and Debi were married in 2005.

As a family, they enjoy the outdoors, a variety of water sports, playing games, and having family meals together. Pete is an avid outdoors man. He loves fishing, hunting, and nature.

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