Alumni

Urshan Gateway Alumni Association

The Urshan Gateway Alumni Association is a network of alumni from Urshan College and Gateway College of Evangelism committed to connecting individuals to the school, informing the public about college initiatives, and engaging in general promotional activities.

Alumni Officers

Michael W. Loyd: President

Michael graduated from Gateway College of Evangelism in 2004, Summa Cum Laude, and received general license with the UPCI at that time. He also completed a B. S. in Organizational Leadership from Greenville College in 2006. In 2013 he was ordained in the Illinois district.  Michael and his wife Elizabeth relocated to St. Louis in 2015, and they both work at UPCI World Headquarters.  Michael works for United Insurance Solutions under the Stewardship Group, and Elizabeth is a graphic designer in the creative services department. They have one amazing daughter, Sophia.

 

Tiffini Countaway: Vice President

Tiffini Countaway attended Gateway College of Evangelism from the fall of 1993 to the spring of 1998, graduatingwith a B. A. in Church Music and an A. A. in Christian Education. She and her husband, Andrew, started a scholarship at the college in 2007 in honor of Andrew’s mother, Betty Lou Countaway. In 2012, Tiffini and her parents started a scholarship at the college in honor of her grandparents, Daniel and Rosa Smelser and Stan and Tina Konopnicki. Tiffini is the facilities coordinator for the UPCI General Conference and is the web producer for MyHopeRadio.com. She and Andrew attend New Life St. Louis where Rev. Aaron Batchelor is the pastor. They live in Hazelwood, Missouri with their rescue kitten, Felicity.

Mark McClintock: Treasurer

Mark McClintock graduated from Gateway College of Evangelism in 1983 with a degree in music. He and his wife, Margie, were married in 1985 and they have three daughters and one grandson. He is currently a project manager at BJC HealthCare and resides in St. Charles, Missouri.

Lindsey Chrestman: College Liaison

Lindsey Chrestman began attending Gateway College of Evangelism in 2011 during the institution’s last year under the Gateway banner. It was there that she met her husband, Cullen. She and Cullen graduated from Urshan College in 2015, both with a B.A. in Christian Ministry, and were married later that year. Also in late 2015, she was hired as the Assistant to the Executive Vice President at Urshan College and Urshan Graduate School of Theology, the position that she holds today. Lindsey and Cullen are proud to remember the legacy of Gateway and are excited to be a part of Urshan’s future.

Natalie Moore: Promotions Coordinator

Natalie Moore graduated from Urshan College in May 2017 with a B. A. in Christian Ministry.  She previously served as both the Student Body President and the Student Services Assistant for the Dean of Students.  Following graduation, she accepted a teaching position at New Life Christian School in Bridgeton, Missouri. She plans to further her education by beginning her Master’s in Counseling in the fall.

Rev. Tim Dugas: Pastoral Advisor

After graduating from Gateway College of Evangelism in 1970, he and his wife began life together on the evangelistic field. In 1981, he became the general secretary of the UPCI General Home Missions Division (now North American Missions). During his years at Home Missions, he and his family attended Florissant Valley Apostolic Church in Florissant, Missouri. In 1985, the Flo Valley Church elected him as pastor. In addition to serving as pastor of the Flo Valley Church, he became president of Gateway College of Evangelism. In the decade before he assumed the presidency, the college had gone through a rough patch. His leadership helped the college turn a corner. For sixteen years he led both the church and the college. During this period, he was the catalyst behind the formation of Urshan Graduate School of Theology. Scott Graham became co-pastor of Florissant Valley Apostolic Church in 2003 and for over a decade he and Pastor Dugas shared the senior leadership role of the church. During this timeframe, the church relocated to a new campus in Hazelwood and changed its name to The Sanctuary.

Alumni Association Council Members

  • Lee Ann Alexander
  • Amber Willeford
  • Darla Yoakum
  • Mary Brewer
  • Terry Gunn
  • Moriah Brainos

We want to encourage all alumni to stay in touch. Why? First, we love keeping up to date with the great things you are doing. But also, being an active alumni benefits you in many ways:

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Partnership Opportunities
Many exciting things are going on at Urshan, thanks to the support of alumni and friends of the College. We are so grateful for the partnership of the many alumni who have a special place in their hearts for Urshan.