Our Leaders

In the New Testament churches are led by a team of elders, also know as shepherds / pastors or overseers – terms used interchangeably to describe the same person (1 Pet 5:1-2; Acts 20:17, 28) – and are qualified men according to 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-10. At City Gates Church we use the terms elder and pastor.

Although elders are the highest human authority in the local church, they are ultimately following Jesus, the chief-shepherd and Head of the church universal, and they will give an account to Him for their stewardship.



Vic Stander

Vic serves as the lead elder at City Gates Church. He is married to Tanya, and they have 2 sons and 2 daughters. They moved to Canada from South Africa in November 2014.


Mike Holmes

Mike led City Gates Church for 10 years prior to Vic’s arrival, and today remains a vital part of the eldership team. He is married to Edwina, and they have 4 boys (now men).


Lawrence Keen

Lawrence is married to Liz, and he has a son and a daughter. They both work in the public sector.



Toby Mak

Toby is our current Church Planter Resident, and joined us on staff part-time in January 2017. He is married to Loretta and they have 4 beautiful children all under the age of 10. The Maks moved back to Canada in 2016 after having spent a number of years in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Toby also runs his own videography business called About Us Films. For more information about The Maks and their church planting journey, click here.