City Director | Dioane, a native of Wichita, felt a call on his life to ministry at an early age. He currently pastors Mending Place a church that he founded in 2009. Mending Place is a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural expression of his deep belief in the diversity the local church should display.
Pastor Gates graduated from Wichita State University with a bachelor’s in business.
As a bi-vocational urban leader, Pastor Gates worked for the Sedgwick Co Sheriff’s Office as a commissioned deputy from 2001-2018. He is a frequent speaker at training events for law enforcement officers/first responders, local businesses, and faith-based communities. Dioane is also a local business owner and member of the Wichita Chamber of Commerce.
Dioane is stirred by learning, teaching and practicing leadership. He regularly attends the Kansas Leadership Center and actively uses their leadership framework to mobilize other to exercise leadership on tough problems.
He has been married to his wife, Heather, since 1997 and they have three children Isaiah, Elijah and daughter Malone.