Dr. David A. Hasker came to First Baptist Melbourne as Worship Pastor in August 2003 and had a vision for starting Gateway Academy of the Arts from the first time he set foot on the FBC Melbourne campus. Prior to coming to Florida, he served churches as Minister of Music in Maryland, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Virginia. He holds a Bachelors degree in Sacred Music from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, and the Master of Church Music degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. While serving as Minister of Music in Virginia, he returned to the classroom to complete a Master of Arts in Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and taught Church Music courses and conducting as an adjunct professor at his Alma Mater, Liberty University. In 2010 he became the first graduate of the Doctor of Ministry in Worship Leadership degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.