Gateway on Mt. Zion Pastors

Pastors Dave and Dee Dee

Senior Pastors

Pastors Dave and Dee Dee Thompson are natives to Colorado living in the mountain community of Evergreen for over 30 years.  Each has served in varying capacities within the body of Christ ministering throughout Colorado, the surrounding states region and the world.  They have traveled extensively preaching, teaching, and ministering the Kingdom of God, challenging the body of Christ to arise in the power of God to take the world for Him.  They have a passion to ignite, nurture and release believers into their Kingdom destinies.  Their vision is to encourage and build up believers to reach their full Kingdom potential.  Their focus is to build “Mega People” not a “Mega Church.”

They have two beautiful daughters and two wonderful son-in-loves.  All work and serve in the ministry of Gateway.

The Thompsons founded Activation Ministries International in 1999 – A ministry that began on the streets of Denver ministering to run away teenagers, but quickly spread into youth detentions, prisons and onto the mission field abroad.

In 2004, the Lord called them to birth a church that would allow the Holy Spirit freedom to move in and through His body of believers.  They answered the call and started Activation Ministry Center.  Ten years later, in 2014, the church name changed to Gateway on Mt. Zion.

Activation Ministries International (AMI) is the overseeing 501 C3 corporation of GoMZ.

Risa Garrett

Associate Pastor

Pastor Risa has been an integral part of Gateway since its inception in 2005.  One of the foundations of GoMZ is prayer and intercession and an area that Risa is passionate about.  Her desire is to see GoMZ open its doors 24/7 as a sanctuary of prayer and worship to all those who would come! 

She has a consuming passion to see the brokenhearted set free by the love and power of Jesus Christ.  He has gifted her powerfully in this ministry and many, many people have been set free from bondages, depression, abuse, extreme brokenness/trauma and more.  He has also given her a strong gifting in dream interpretation and she has a prophetic, seer anointing which she freely shares with the body of Christ.
On a more practical level, she loves cooking and will not allow anyone to go away hungry.

When Risa gets a moment to herself, she loves to spend time with her many animals, her family, the food network and a really good puzzle.  If you need prayer, she's the one to search out.  Just don't ask her for directions or help on a computer.