Our Leadership

Pastor Ray Tate

Lead Pastor
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Raymond Tate is the lead pastor of Life Chapel in Point Pleasant, N.J. Life Chapel is a multi-ethnic and multi-generational church, located two miles from the Jersey Shore. Ray is a relational pastor who believes that the local church exists to worship God and to lead people in their community into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. He is committed to seeing the mission of the church lived out in the context of small groups. Ray is passionate about investing in the next generation of leaders through mentoring young pastors.

Prior to Life Chapel, Ray began his ministry as a youth pastor at Bethany Church in Wyckoff, N.J. Following that, he served for fifteen years as the founding pastor of Harvest Time Church in Greenwich, Ct. From there, Ray was the lead pastor at Kingsway Church in Cherry Hill, N.J. for ten years. In June of 2009 he became the lead pastor of Life Chapel, where he currently serves.

Ray has been married to his high school sweetheart, Patti, for 39 years. They have three adult children and five grandchildren. He enjoys family, fishing, riding his motorcycle and coffee at the beach with his wife, Patti.

Steve Manning

Associate Pastor
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Steve Manning is an associate pastor at Life Chapel. He oversees our worship and media teams, our small groups ministry ( “LifeGroups” ), and our visitation ministry.

Steve is one of 8 children and has grown up in the church that he currently serves in. He is passionate about the local church believing that God has called us to work as a team in our God-given mission to lead people in our community into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

He and his wife Diana have 3 children (4 year old Abby, 3 year old Eli, and baby Ava )

Matt Burkey

Youth Pastor
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Matt was born and raised in Mechanicsburg, PA. He graduated from Southeastern University in May 2013, studying church and youth ministries. He is a Philadelphia sports fanatic, but hopes that nothing overshadows his passion to see both young and old grow into a relationship with Jesus Christ. Matt and his wife Rebekah got married and joined our staff in October 2016.

Amy O’Donnell

Children's Ministries Director
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Amy O’Donnell is the Children’s Ministry Director at Life Chapel. She is committed to teaching and sharing the love of Jesus Christ with the children of our church.

She received her B.A. in Sociology and Elementary Education at William Paterson University in Paterson, NY.

Amy and her husband Kevin have 3 children (Katie, Matt, and Ava) and reside in Point Pleasant Borough.

The O’Donnell family enjoys camping, sports and the beach.

Amy’s vision for the Children’s Ministry is to create a solid Bible-based foundation for children to grow and become disciples of Jesus Christ and serve the church.

Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it” Proverbs 22:6