Meet the Team

Kate Gates
Early Childhood Director
Cassie Sanchez
Elementary Director
Kate has a passion to see children come to know the truth of God’s word. Her role is to facilitate and oversee our Early Childhood Education department (infant through Kindergarten). This includes curriculum, recruiting and training classroom teachers, lesson planning, and child safety. The goal in these classes is to ensure that every child hears the Good News of Jesus Christ!

Kate has called Grace Community Church home since 1999. She has been married to her husband Tim for 15 years and together they have served in a number of volunteer capacities at GCC, including nursery, Jr high, Sr high, and men’s and women’s ministry. Kate currently homeschools their 6 children. Kate loves family game nights, trips to the library, puzzles, and all things crafty!
Cassie facilitates and oversees kindergarten through 6th grade programs and classrooms, including curriculum, recruiting teachers and leaders, classroom set-up and function, and lesson planning. She loves love serving and being involved in the church, connecting with families, and being a part of a child’s growing walk with the Lord.

Cassie and her husband, David, have been married for 5 years. After spending 5 years in Texas, they moved back to West Michigan, where Cassie is from (Ludington, MI). They have three children: Emma who is in Heaven, Lucas who is almost 3 and Elsi who is 3 1/2 months old.