Don and Debi Gatlyn have been in full-time ministry for over thirty-five years, and their journeys have taken them throughout much of the United States and to many foreign countries. Throughout the years, the Gatlyns have also served in the local church as youth pastors and worship leaders. In 2002, they established a training facility in North Carolina for short-term mission trips where they led evangelistic teams throughout England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland.
Don and Debi are also actively involved in writing worship songs and producing children’s art projects. Presently, Don has released two “Live” Worship CDs, and Debi has many original children’s drawings available. Besides their itinerant worship and speaking ministry, they have a passion for Creative Arts and Media evangelism and are launching “Come As A Child Family Network,” an Internet-based family TV network.
Don and Debi Gatlyn are based in Vass, NC. They have two children--Samuel (married to Jessica) and Rebekah (married to Brandon)--and five grandsons and one grand daughter--Kael, Cedar, Cypress, Laef, Atlas, and Oslo--living in the Carolinas and Virginia.
∞ OUR PASTOR FRIENDS ∞
Pastor Don Knipp / "Christian LIFE Church" / Mentor, Ohio
"I have had the privilege of experiencing the ministry of Don & Debi Gatlyn for over twenty five years and I am so thankful that God has allowed us to be blessed by their anointed ministry. Don is a talented musician, singer and songwriter, who always leads our congregation into the presence of the Lord. Debi has a unique prophetic ministry that opens up the heart of God and pours in God's grace and love into those she is speaking to. Together they are a powerful tool of the Holy Spirit to breathe life into weary saints and shine the light of God's love on unbelievers. Christian LIFE Church of Mentor Ohio always looks forward with great anticipation to the opportunities we have to receive from God through these chosen yet humble vessels of the Lord."
Pastor Dennis Webber / "The Forward Church" / Chiefland, Florida
"Robin and I have been honored to not only know Don & Debi for many years, and to share ministry together that has been incredible. They have been true and faithful to the call of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I believe this thought summarizes what we have come to appreciate about the Gatlyn's: "It is through WORSHIP that things are broken, and it is through THE WORD that things are established. This summarizes the ministry of our friends."
Pastors Tom and Denise Carey / J.C.L. Ministries / Smithtown, New York
"Having known Don and Debi Gatlyn for more than 3 decades, it has been our privilege and pleasure to watch them grow and develop as a family and as ministers of the gospel of Jesus Christ. We have followed their progression from simple psalmists to youth pastors, worship leaders, and equippers of youth for oversees missions. We also witnessed first hand the purity, transparency and effectiveness of their servant leadership skills as we accompanied them to England, Ireland and Wales in 2005.
Their creative talents, spiritual gifting's and commitment to the service of the kingdom of God blend beautifully to qualify Don and Debi as fivefold ministers who carry a precious anointing to invite the presence of the Lord in every service both in worship and the declaring of the word. They truly are a gift that keeps on giving to both churched and unchurched alike."
Pastor Kelly Parker / "The Gathering" / Mooresville, North Carolina
"As a pastor, I look for ministries I know who are seeking the heart of the Lord and that are willing to follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. I know Don and Debi to be those kinds of servants of the Lord Jesus. The Lord has used them to minister to our fellowship many times and they are a Blessing."
Pastor Barry J. Fields / “The Father’s House Christian Fellowship” / Easton, Pennsylvania
"I first met Don & Debi over four years ago through a mutual friend who asked me if I would have them come and minister in our church. I’m always a bit leery about having in a guest minister that I don’t know personally. My concerns were soon dispelled as I found them both to be true servant ministers. Don is a real modern day Psalmist with a strong anointing as a worship leader; and Debi preaches a balanced and Biblically sound message to the congregation in a unique and fresh manner. They flow as one and minister together with a compassion for the people; always taking the time to minister personally to all who have a desire to be ministered to. They have always left our Church edified and uplifted. I have had Don & Debi minister in our church at least a dozen times in the last 4 plus years and I look forward to having a long lasting relationship with them. I, without reservation, highly recommend them to you."
Bishop Dan Chassie / "Youth Challenge International" / Wildwood, FL
"During my thirty years of full time ministry as a pastor of Glory Chapel, FL and executive director of Youth Challenge of FL, we have had the opportunity to have Don and Debi Gatlyn come and minister for us almost on an annual basis. They have always operated with a spirit of integrity and humility, which is some times rare today with gifted people. They also carry a strong anointing and always make a great impact on our people. It is with great pleasure to recommend their ministry and I know without doubt your church/ministry will be blessed."