Gateway Christian Church
Gateway Christian Church

Our Staff

Our staff provides incredible leadership to our worship gatherings and our church life.  Our lay leaders work with commitment and caring to enable the church to continually live out its vision.



Rev. Dr. David McAllister   (



Bio: David has been our pastor since 1988.  His work on his doctorate, in the area of Arts and Theology, was both a testimony to his own desire to continue to grow in his walk with God, as well as an extension of his interest in the arts and his commitment to bring the arts into the life of the church is many ways.  David's previous work in ecumenical ministry has given him an enduring appreciation for the gifts that all of God's people have to offer to one another.  David and his wife, Helen, share their many gifts in order to enhance the life of the congregation, while at the same time being grateful for the love, care and support that they have received throughout the years from a congregation that is truly a church family.


Rev. Jim McGrath

Associate Pastor and Artist-in-Residence


Bio: Jim served as pastor of the Sunset Park Christian Church for the past ten years.  As our two congregations have merged, Jim has stepped into the role of Associate Pastor.  In addition, Jim is our first Artist-in-Residence, with a focus in the area of theatre.  Jim is a screenwriter and playwright, and will be offering a course in screenwriting in early 2018.


Cathy Susan Pyles

Choir Director


Bio: Cathy has been our Choir Director for the past seventeen years, bringing a range of music and musical styles to our worship gatherings.  The choir meets for rehearsal on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m.


Cathy has been a member of the Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) Theatre Arts faculty for the past 10 years.  She received a BFA in acting from West Virginia University and an MFA in scenic art and design from the University of Minnesota.  She also studied for a year at Alvescott College in Oxford, England.

In addition to being on the theater faculty at Rockford College in Illinois, and California State University at Northridge, she has spent the better part of her adult life schlepping suitcases throughout the USA while performing in the National Tours of The Woman of the Year (with Lauren Bacall), CATS, 42nd Street, and Crazy for You.  She played Anytime Annie in the Broadway company of 42nd Street.  Her hysterical performance in the long running San Francisco production of COLE! won numerous awards including the prestigious Bay Area Critics’ Award and a Dramalogue Award for best actor.

For LAVC Cathy has directed Dames at Sea, Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors, Annie, Lucky Stiff, Spelling Bee, Cabaret, Rabbit Hole, Anything Goes, Spring Awakening, Living Out, and Avenue Q.

Dr. Alan Chan   (

Pianist / Composer


Bio: Alan is an accomplished and well-recognized composer, the Conductor of the Alan Chan Jazz Orchestra, and our pianist.


Alan's music often takes inspiration from his life experiences as a resident in America, East Asia and Europe.  His genre-shaking works can be heard in an array of venues, as well as at conferences and festivals.  Alan has received awards and fellowships from ASCAP, ArtEZ (Netherlands), New Music USA and the Percussive Arts Society (PAS), among others.  His 17-piece Alan Chan Jazz Orchestra released their "Shrimp Tale" debut album in the summer of 2014.