Pastor Rob Gates
Rob has served as the Senior Pastor of the LaFayette Alliance Church since 2003. His passion is to help people understand the Bible and to apply it to their daily lives. Rob is convinced that “the ministry of the Word is the main weapon in the spiritual arsenal, the only seed for church planting, the primary tool for church building, and the principal strategy in God’s plan to disciple the nations. No preaching, no church. No proclamation, no church growth. Preaching is the heart, the blood, the whole circulatory system of church life and church growth.” (David Eby)
Prior to coming to LaFayette, Rob served churches in Kansas, Indiana, and New York. Some significant spiritual influences in Rob’s life have been the writings of such men as John MacArthur, John Piper, D.A. Carson, Wayne Grudem, R.C. Sproul, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, as well as such historical writers as the Puritans, John Calvin, Martin Luther, Jonathan Edwards, Charles Spurgeon, and too many others to list!
Rob and his wife Jody have been married since 1985 and are the parents of four adult children, and have one grandchild.
Pastor Brian Mandigo
Pastor Brian sensed a call to full-time Christian ministry not long after his conversion in 1977. After moving to Portland, Oregon from Syracuse in 1983 with his job, he returned in 1987 to begin preparations for ministry. In 1988 he began a five year ministry with American Missionary Fellowship as an Area Missionary in Western New York.
In 1993 he became the Assistant Pastor at LaFayette Alliance Church, and now serves as Associate Pastor of Discipleship. This position of ministry has enabled him to work with many departments of ministry within the church including Christian Education, Youth, Music, Short-Term Missions, Men’s and Small Group ministries.
Brian has a passion to see people of all ages come to Christ and to follow the Lord in their walk and worship of Him. One of his life verses has been 2 Timothy 2:2, “and the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” “The Lord is desirous to see His kingdom grow and His glory manifested. I am just one part of His magnificent plan of redemption.”
Brian served in the U.S. Navy and in various capacities in the electronic industry prior to his call to ministry. Brian and Mary have been married since 2016 and together have nine children. His hobbies include camping, kayaking, hiking, music, reading, motorcycling, and sports. His favorite Christian influencers include John MacArthur, R.C. Sproul, Chuck Swindoll, A.W. Tozer, Ravi Zacharias,and John Piper.
Church Office Administrator
Sue is a native Central New Yorker who is now a retired High School Math Teacher having taught over 30 years in Central New York State and Washington State.
She loves the outdoors and enjoys traveling, gardening, kayaking, camping, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.
Now retired from teaching, she fully enjoys serving here at LaFayette Alliance Church and feels very fortunate to be able to work with the LAC Staff and church family!
One of her favorite verses is Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”