Pastor Robert Gates
Pastor Rob has served as the Senior Pastor of the LaFayette Alliance Church since 2003. His passion is to help people understand the Word of God and to apply it to their daily lives. Pastor 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, Pastor Rob served churches in Kansas, Indiana, and New York. Some significant spiritual influences in Pastor 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!
Pastor Rob and his wife Jody have been married since 1985 and are the parents of three adult children, and one child still at home.
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.
Pastor 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.”
Pastor Brian served in the U.S. Navy and in various capacities in the electronic industry prior to his call to ministry. He has six children and fifteen grand children. His hobbies include camping, music, reading, motorcycling, and sports. His favorite Christian influencers have been John MacArthur, R.C. Sproul, Chuck Swindoll, A.W. Tozer, Ravi Zacharias, Hudson Taylor, D.L. Moody and other preachers and missionaries of the past.
Pastor Dave Booher
The Lord keeps bringing me closer and closer to home! Lafayette Alliance Church is the church I grew up in, was baptized in, and now am privileged to be serving in as Youth Pastor.
Like Pastor Rob and Pastor Brian I too am passionate about helping people understand God’s Word and apply it to their daily lives. Scripture verses such as Acts 20:24, 1 Corinthians 15:10, and 2 Timothy 2:2 have been especially dear to me as well as guiding in my ministry.
I am also enthused to shepherd teens here at LAC. I enjoy the potential that teens possess, the formation that happens in their life during the teenage years, and their exuberant energy.
Prior to my service here as youth pastor, I attended Cairn University in Philadelphia and then served six years as associate pastor at Central Baptist Church in Syracuse, NY.
Some of my hobbies include: golf, basketball, and soccer.
I have been married to Danielle for eight years and have three children: Madelyn (4), Lucas (2), and Eliana (infant).