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Pastors & Staff

Pastor Jeff Schlenz 

Jeff has served as the pastor of The City Gates Church since its founding. He was previously the pastor of Calvary Chapel DC Metro (2008-2015). He served for eight years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps and currently serves as a chaplain in the United States Air Force Reserve assigned to Arlington National Cemetery. His wife Madeleine was raised in Alexandria, VA. They have been married since 2000 and have the privilege of raising two young boys and one little princess, which means you’ll frequently find them on the sidelines of soccer fields, basketball courts, and swimming pools across Northern Virginia.

Jeff’s thesis on the role faith plays in the lives of missionaries, military personnel, and others during times of cross-cultural captivity can be found here: A Lonely Faith: Lessons in Spiritual Resiliency Learned From the Isolated, Captive, and Rescued.

Assistant Pastor Matt Pottenger


Matt has also been on staff with The City Gates Church since its founding. He originally joined the staff at Calvary Chapel D.C. Metro in June 2015 after serving nearly seven years in Kenya, Africa as a church planting missionary. He and his wife Peggy were married in 2003 and love serving the Lord and doing ministry together. Matt and Peggy also love the outdoors and their two little girls who enjoy dress-up, tea-parties, art, and dance. 

Assistant Pastor Stephen Simons

Youth Pastor

Stephen joined the staff at the City Gates Church at its founding after serving Barcroft Bible Church for eight years in various deacon, elder, and teaching roles. He and his wife Tiffany were married in 1999 and they have four children, Samuel, Alice, Della, and Wesley. Stephen is an avid “board game geek” and hosts quarterly board game fellowship nights.