Founding Pastors & Advisory Council

Our Founders and Family Worship Center Ministries, Int'l are available to serve, protect, provide support and act as a "covering" to the leadership team when situations arise where additional, outside support and consultation is sought out.


Mary Stebleton, Founder

Holland, OH

After being raised in a Wesleyan Pastor’s home, surrounded by strong faith and sound doctrine, Mary Stebleton started on a journey toward knowing God for herself. The journey took her through many ups and downs, from experiencing the disillusionment of religion to liberating encounters with the power of God. In partnership with her lifelong friend and partner in ministry, Ardella Darst, a major milestone in that journey happened in 1997…Gateway was born. Starting with only 13 people meeting in a home, Mary’s gift as an Apostle, has established the foundation stones that make Gateway the uniquely special place that it is today. Gateway is built upon valuing the corporate presence of God in prophetic worship, bringing Heaven to Earth and the desire for more of God!


Ardella Darst, Co-Founder

Holland, OH

Ardella Darst grew up in a strong Pentecostal home and attended and graduated from Bible College in St. Paul, MN.  After travelling and evangelizing in the early 1970’s, Ardella pursued her education and graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Business. Today, Ardella is enjoying retirement from her role as the Vice President in Human Resources for Comcast Corporation. Ardella is the co-founder of Gateway. Through her gifts as Prophet and Teacher, she makes every word “alive”.  Her love is training leaders and maturing God’s people for works of service in the Kingdom! 


Bishop Gary Clowers

Fremont, Ohio

Born in the State of Arkansas, Bishop Gary Clowers heard the voice of God and was called to preach at the tender age of 4 or 5 years old. Bishop Clowers would experience times as a young child of an anointing, a sense of urgency to deliver God’s Word and would go out in his back yard and preach to the trees. God has given to this man a message for today that is relevant and revolutionary. Seeking the face of God and through much chaos and inner turmoil, as God began to bring revelation and order to his life. Bishop Clowers is married to Pastor Lydia. In 1994, they founded Family Worship Center of Fremont Ohio where they still live. Bishop Clowers oversees, both nationally and internationally, over fifty churches and their pastors. He has a burning passion for the Kingdom of God and for relationship. He is a friend and a “father” to Gateway as part of the “family” of churches and ministries that he serves.

  September 2021  
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