Posted: May 24, 2005

Delaware Republican Party leaders announced that Kelly Gates, a Wilmington area businesswoman, will chair the New Castle County Republican Committee, and the Rev. Dr. Christopher Bullock, pastor of Canaan Baptist Church, will be state Chair Terry A. Strine’s appointee to the committee.  

The new positions are a result of the restructuring of the county committee, which took place at the GOP's annual convention in April. Other members of the committee are the chairs of the five New Castle County Republican regions. Party members were invited to apply for the position of county chair, and Gates was selected from applicants throughout the county. 

Gates has been a longtime GOP activist and community volunteer. She is a principal at Gates & Co., a management consulting firm, and is also a co-founder of Diamond State Ventures, a cultivator for early-stage, technology-focused companies. Gates is president-elect of the Greenville/Hockessin Rotary, a former YMCA youth soccer coach, former president of the Delaware Preschool Association Advisory Board, and active in several women's business groups. She sought the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor in 2004. Gates earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Tulsa and an MBA from Widener University, where she has taught marketing and sales courses. She resides in Wilmington with her husband, David, and sons, Andrew and Matthew. 

Bullock was elected as first pastor of Canaan Baptist Church in March of 2004. He also serves as co-chair of the Faith Committee of Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County and chair of the Faith Committee of the Leadership Council, American Diabetes Association of Delaware and Eastern Maryland. Bullock holds a bachelor of social work degree with a concentration in criminal justice from the University of Alaska-Anchorage, a master of divinity degree with a concentration in black church studies and pastoral theology from the Colgate-Rochester Divinity School, and an earned doctor of ministry degree in black church leadership in the urban context from United Theological Seminary. A native of Wichita, Kansas, Bullock resides in Wilmington with his wife, Dr. Debbie Strickling-Bullock, and their sons, Benjamin Ellis and Daniel Alan.