Devin became the Teaching Pastor of City Church in May 2015. Before moving to Alabama in 2011, Devin led churches in North Carolina, Kentucky, and Indiana. In 2006, Devin planted and led a church in Las Vegas that continues to make a gospel impact today. He also has experience in real estate, training, coaching, managing and sales.
Devin has earned multiple academic degrees including a PhD in New Testament. He loves to teach the Scriptures in a way that is gospel-centered, Jesus-focused, authentic, and real to every day life.
Devin’s story is one of brokenness and redemption. He is a product of radical grace and forgiveness and counts it a privilege to point other broken people to the One who redeems and restores.
Devin is married to Ashley and has 4 kids: Kayleigh, Ragan, Zac, and Levi. He values his family and considers them his highest human priority. He also loves UNC Tarheels basketball, Dallas Cowboys football, and has even been known to pull for the Alabama Crimson Tide on occasion during college football season.
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Director of Ministries
Ashley joined the City Church Team in May of 2015 and is passionate about people and sharing the gospel. Ashley oversees the development of our ministries on a day to day basis and provides leadership and direction to our team leaders and volunteers.
Originally from Seattle, Washington, she is a southern transplant and loves many things about living in the south including cooking, gardening, and using an occasional “y’all”. Married to Devin and proud to have his three kids, baby Levi, and a rambunctious dog named Toby involved in her life, she loves spending time with her family, loving on others and traveling whenever possible.
Ashley’s journey hasn’t always been perfect and God has used her story to shape her understanding of God’s grace and redemption in a powerful way. She is passionate about sharing her life story with others in hopes that people will know that we are broken people who can be redeemed by a perfect Savior. With her role at City Church, she hopes to encourage authenticity and grace as we seek to follow and grow more like Jesus.
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Ross joined the City Church Team in March of 2017. He was born in Princeton, West Virginia and moved to Alabama in 2010. Ross is employed by Hartselle City Schools, where he works with young people with special needs and their families.
Ross has a passion for serving people and sharing the Good News of Jesus. Although he has experienced brokenness and trials in his life, Ross wants to use his story to lead others to God’s abundant grace and redeeming love. Ross enjoys spending time with his family and friends, likes to run, and regularly cheers on his beloved West Virginia Mountaineers.
Susan is married to our Worship Pastor Ross. She is a school counselor at Crestline Elementary School in Hartselle. Susan helps keep City Church, its Staff, and our Ministry Teams organized and focused. She has a contagious servant attitude in the way she interacts with the leaders and people at City Church.
Ross and Susan have one energetic, loving son named Luke. Their family also includes a dog, Rocky, and a cat named Dixie.
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Donovan and Kari Gackstetter
Family Ministries Directors
Donovan and Kari have led our family ministries from the inception of City Church. They have a passion for the younger generation to know and learn about Jesus.
Their stories are marked by God’s grace and they have a desire to see the lives of the next generation transformed by the gospel. The passion Donavan and Kari have for Jesus overflows into our City Kids ministry to create fun, safe, energetic and Jesus-centered environments for our kids to learn and grow.
Donovan and Kari have been married for 11 years and have lived in Decatur for over 20 years. They have a daughter Ryan age 21, and a son Austin who is a student at Austin High School. Donovan drives for Old Dominion Freight Lines and Kari has worked at Family Security Credit Union for over 25 years. They have 4 dogs and enjoy spending their free time jeep riding, 4-wheeling, watching Austin play hockey, or on their boat.
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