John Gates is now in full time radio ministry…
…but his career began at the age of 15, singing and playing the drums. The year
he graduated from high school, John started recording and traveling with a
local band, and by 1977, he continued his music career on an international level performing and recording with well-known secular artists of the day. It was in that year that John came to know Christ as his Lord and Savior. While John was busy touring and recording as a session drummer and vocalist, he was also pursuing a solo career as a vocalist. He signed with Capitol Records in 1976 and RCA Records in 1978.
In 1985, he was asked to join GLAD. Since then, GLAD has recorded 19 albums and traveled throughout the world communicating the Gospel of Jesus Christ. John also continued to freelance as a studio drummer and vocalist during those years.
In early 2004, as GLAD started to see the Lord stirring each one of them to move into other ministries, John continued to pray for direction. In November 2004, he was asked to go on staff at The Bridge Christian Radio (broadcasting in the NY/NJ Metro area). John is now the Music and Production Director and also serves as an on-air personality. He produces five daily Bible teaching programs and is the host of three different one-hour music programs on The Bridge…The Gates of Praise (co-hosted by wife, Patti), 11:05 a.m. weekdays, The Solid Rock Café, :1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Saturdays, and The Gospel Music Hour (also co-hosted by Patti), 6 p.m. Sunday evenings. The best part of the ministry—second to the great privilege of serving the Lord in proclaiming the Gospel message to virtually millions of listeners, is the opportunity to serve alongside his wife. (Patti serves as the main on-air personality at the radio station in addition to co-hosting the above-mentioned programs with John.)
If you are outside of the NJ/NY Metro area, you can listen to John online at www.BridgeFM.org, or download the free BridgeFM app for your i-phone or i-touch from the i-tunes store.
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