WestGate Church Leadership
WestGate Church is blessed to have a leadership team who are truly dedicated to Christ and accomplishing His will. Following are brief bio's of our leadership team and their qualifications for ministry.
Pastor Wayne has been in ministry for over 25 years. He is currently the Lead Pastor at WestGate Church in Jacksonville, Florida. He is the Founder and President of Living NEW Ministries International. He has also has been part of three church plants. Two of them as a lead pastor. He began the Chaplaincy ministry of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department in 1992, while being employed as a Firefighter / Paramedic. He has, since his retirement from the department, continued to serve as a Chaplain, when called upon by his former employer and other fire and rescue departments in the area.
Pastor Wayne has been part of cross-denominational unity movements within the city of Jacksonville for several years. He was on the Executive Leadership Team of Mission First Coast, a spiritual transformation ministry in Jacksonville. During this time, much of his efforts with Mission First Coast were to involve and develop a unity movement that would break down the racial barriers within the Body of Christ. He helped foster joint worship services between different churches that were primarily made up of a single ethnic background. In an effort to strengthen churches he has assisted with the merger of several churches in Jacksonville creating a “win-win” situation for churches that were experiencing difficulties.
Over the years, Pastor Wayne has traveled to many countries including India, Bulgaria, Uganda, Guyana, Australia and the Philippines on mission trips, assisting church planters, conducting conferences and seminars designed specifically for pastors, preaching evangelistic meetings and working in medical clinics. Many have called him a Pastor to Pastors. He spends much of his time training, encouraging and even being a spiritual father to many pastors around the world.
Believing that education is important, once the call of God to ministry has been determined and confirmed, Pastor Wayne has pursued continual growth in this area. He has several degrees, which include a Bachelors’ in Theology, Masters’ in Christian Education, and a Doctorate in Ministry, as well as an honorary Doctorate of Divinity. He is often a guest professor/lecturer in seminaries at home and abroad.
His passion is for the development of a renewed awareness of the presence of God in our daily lives. In other words he says we must live NEW or live a life of Never Ending Worship, which will enable us to experience the tangible presence of God. He is a published author with his book entitled, The Forgiveness Factor.
Pastor Wayne is married to his high school sweetheart, Vicki. They have three children, two daughters, Ashley and Courtney and her husband Nik, a son, Jared and two granddaughters.
Jim Adkins, Jr.
Executive Assistant / Financial Secretary
Rhonda has worked with WestGate Church for over 20 years now. Words cannot describe her value to our ministry. She is the wife of one of our Elders, Kevin Johns.