About Our Translator

We’ve been tremendously fortunate to be able to partner with Eva Gates, a resident of Winchester, Va., to translate our material into Spanish. Here’s some information to help you get acquainted with her.

Gates was born in New York City, moved to Puerto Rico as a child, and came to Washington, D.C., in 1964 to work, where she met and married Melvin E. “Butch” Gates. They have three children: Anthony Gates, Linda Fletcher, and Wanda Diehl, along with six grandchildren. The family came to the Winchester area in 1971.

Gates is an active member of First Baptist Church of Winchester and is involved in the Woman on Mission (WOM) program, serves as a deacon, is chairman of the Bereavement Team, and a member of the Philia Sunday School Class.

Her love for missions has been shared through her mission trips to Mexico City in 1993 and Costa Rica in 2010. She traveled with UAB Pastoral Care Pastor Drexel Rayford and was the translator and reader for the programs.

In 2015, Gates began working on a weekly basis with Joan Houck, director of the Berryville Baptist Rascals youth puppet team, and she contributed to their summer mission trips. Gates conducted Spanish and music lessons for the team and went to Santo Domingo with the young people as their translator, to share programs in and around the areas of desperate need.

Gates spent 33 years working for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), providing help and language translation services during times of disaster.

It is a pleasure to have Gates partner with us here at the UAB Support Team Network. We feel tremendous gratitude for the efforts she’s made to translate this material into Spanish.