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.


Dwayne & Dorothy Burris

Associate Pastors

Pastors Dwayne and Dorothy are passionate about serving the Lord. Their journey to live for Christ started long before they met, and they both are convinced that God's design for a Godly marriage was something that "He" had awaiting for the two of them.  Now 40 yrs. later they have been serving the Lord,both in their community as well as, in various churches.  They have 3 adult children who all are serving the lord, and are active in their churches as well.  Their oldest son is in full time ministry in Miami Fl.  Pastor Dwayne served as a Deacon for many years, Sunday School Superintendent, Supervisor for "All Nations" Christian Academy....and has many years of experience conducting Men's bible studies.

Pastor Dwayne, is retired from nearly 30 yrs. in law enforcement.  Pastor Dorothy is a graduate of the University of Colorado and has extensive experience in music ministry where she served in the church community for several years.  She is the founder of "I'm Not the Same" Ministries and she has used her gifts by speaking at women's conferences and workshops in the Denver area.  Pastor Dorothy has been blessed to have her own business "Making Dreams a Reality" where she is an "Employment Specialist for individuals with Disabilities.  It is truly God's opportunity to minister with "His Love"and to bring purpose & meaning to these individual's lives. Pastors Dwayne and Dorothy are the founders of "Whole Life Ministries" which is a 501 C3  mentoring and life coaching ministry helping individuals in living their lives and developing their Christian walk in the Lord.  They serve as Associate Pastors at GOMZ and oversee the "New Believers" and "Master Mentors" Ministries. Pastor Dwayne also leads the Security Team at GOMZ.”