Phillip Gates


Phil Gates enjoyed working with the student-athlete population in a student affairs capacity as Life Skills Director in the University of Virginia’s Department of Athletics for 18 years (1998 - 2016). He retired in 2016. For the preceding 20 years he was a United Methodist clergyman at churches in Albemarle, Nelson, Louisa and Orange Counties. He was authorized to perform weddings in the Commonwealth of Virginia in Louisa County in 1981. Phil continues to make himself available to perform weddings because they offer a wonderful opportunity to continue providing a service that he has always enjoyed enormously.  He holds a Masters of Theology from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University and studied theology and religion and literature at the Universities of Notre Dame and Virginia during the 1980s and 90s.


“Phil, Thank you so much for being an integral part of our most magical wedding day.  We are so grateful for the heart and soul you put into our ceremony." 


Photo Credits: (bottom) Samantha & Justin by Aaron Watson Photography