About

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12

Many youth in Kinston-Lenoir County are stuck in a cycle of hopelessness, defeat, and poverty. They don’t believe they have the power to create a different life. 

The Gate of Lenoir County is a faith-based community center, which empowers youth to take ownership of their decisions, so they can change their lives.

By modeling the attitude and actions of Christ, the Gate provides a safe haven of love, belonging, and accountability so youth can escape the pull of the street.

Through tutoring, mentoring, and training, Gate youth learn to take ownership of their actions, prioritize their education, take pride in their work, and serve others with joy by relying on Christ to transform their hearts and their lives.

Current Staff

Donna Hardy has been the Executive Director of The Gate since 2016, but this ministry has been a major part of her life since 2008 as she has served in various capacities as a volunteer (mentoring, teaching Bible Study, serving as Chairman of the Board and Secretary of the Board). Donna and her husband, Wil, have 2 grown children and 1 granddaughter, and she’s so grateful Wil believes in the ministry of The Gate and serves alongside her whenever possible. She is passionate about “doing life” with these kids, helping the next generation, and truly believes the lessons they teach them about respect, responsibility and righteousness will go a long way in helping them lead lives of integrity back up by a love for Jesus and a desire to walk in His ways. 

“We do real life with our kids and it’s a blessing to see them grow in the Lord as they serve Him with such sweet hearts.”   

– Donna H.

Board Members

Sheriff Ronnie Ingram | Interim Police Chief Tim Dilday

The Honorable Imelda Pate | Susan McKnight | Ed Eason | Clint Rouse

Rick Vernon | Mary Leinonen | Felicia Solomon | Dustin Walston

Laury Sargeant | Sue Ellen Maddux | Cindy Mallard

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PHYSICAL ADDRESS: 201 E Gordon St., Kinston, NC 28501

MAILING ADDRESS: PO Box 638, Kinston, NC 28502 . 

PHONE: 252. 939.3223