Lead Executive Pastor
Josh Tanner is an inspirational leader who cultivates love-driven, passionate believers! His vision is to equip and mobilize believers to become the most dynamic leaders in their city, state, nation, and throughout the world. His mission is to give every person in the great state of Alaska an opportunity to encounter the love of Jesus in this generation and the next! Josh is a lifelong Alaskan, born and raised on the Kenai Peninsula. He enjoys the outdoors, fishing, rafting and snow-machining, sports, and doing almost anything with his family and friends! Josh has served in church leadership for over 20 years at Unite Church. Josh is married to his high school sweetheart, Joni for 26 years. Josh and Joni have 3 adult children and 3 still at home. Josh currently serves as Lead Executive Pastor of Unite Church.
Joni’s greatest desire is to be who her Father created her to be and to be obedient to that in every season of her life. Her primary ministry for the past 25 years has been raising her 6 awesome kids, Caleb, Maggie, Judah, Titus, Justus, and Cherish. This “mothering” passion flows naturally into the relationships that she has with the body of Christ. Joni serves as part of the Unite executive team which builds and develops a healthy thriving church culture. Joni holds her Associate in Christian leadership from CLU and a certificate in Biblical Studies from TBI. Joni majored in fine arts at UAA and is an accomplished painter. Her work has been featured in various local galleries and has won several national competitions. Joni is an entrepreneur who owns and manages her real estate business called ‘Tent Makers’. Joni is married to her best friend and high school sweetheart Josh Tanner. They currently reside in Anchorage Alaska where they serve Jesus together as pastors at Unite Church.
Jim Strutz was born in Anchorage, AK in 1952. He was a Bible student and an intern pastor at Abbott Loop Chapel. He later studied at, and received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Christian Life School of Theology and has taught in several Bible schools and Christian training centers. Jim was ordained as a Bible teacher in 1978 and has operated in that function for over 40 years. Jim has been married to his sweetheart, Janet, for 49 years and is the proud father to 3 adult children and 12 grandchildren. They currently reside in Anchorage, Alaska and pastor a church in their home called ‘Just Watch’.
Zach Neese has been a worship pastor and teacher for more than 20 years. In addition to serving as the Pastor of Worship Development at Gateway Church for 14 years, he also directed the Christ for the Nations School of Worship and helped launch and teach the Worship Leadership programs at The King’s University. Zach has a Kingdom culture perspective of biblical worship ministry that transcends denominational and international lines, and he has trained worship leaders from all over the world.
Zach believes there is a difference between “leading worship” and pastoring people in the presence of God. His leadership reflects his passion for helping people develop vibrant, transformational, and world-changing relationships with Jesus. Zach currently serves as a pastor at Gateway Church, and he also travels internationally, training worship leaders and teaching worshipping churches.
Zach is a seasoned songwriter (“Living Water,” “The More I Seek You,” “Faithful God,” “Alabaster Jar”) as well as an accomplished author. His book, How to Worship a King, is used by worshipping churches and schools around the world to prepare their people, their students, and their worship teams to minister to God and to the world He loves.
Zach and his wife, Jen, live in Fort Worth, Texas, with their six bright, good-looking, and godly children: Simeon, Judah, Charis, Maggie, Nora, and Sam.