Gateway Christian Fellowship - Our Story (2023)

How it all started...

Gateway began with a vision. The vision was to plant a church. It was a vision from the heart of God, who embedded that vision into the hearts of Earl and LeAnn Bradley, of Lacey, WA.

The Bradleys sent a team to start Shelton Christian Fellowship, in January of 1975. The founding pastors of that small church plant were Dennis and Diane Teague. Full of faith and vision to expand the kingdom of God and to make disciples, the Teagues loved and cared for people, making a positive impact in our community during the years that they pastored. Because of their willingness to respond to the call of God, we exist today as a thriving, faith-filled body of believers with the mission of seeing our community transformed by the love of Jesus.

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How it all started...

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Gateway began with a vision. The vision was to plant a church. It was a vision from the heart of God, who embedded that vision into the hearts of Earl and LeAnn Bradley, of Lacey, WA.

The Bradleys sent a team to start Shelton Christian Fellowship, in January of 1975. The founding pastors of that small church plant were Dennis and Diane Teague. Full of faith and vision to expand the kingdom of God and to make disciples, the Teagues loved and cared for people, making a positive impact in our community during the years that they pastored. Because of their willingness to respond to the call of God, we exist today as a thriving, faith-filled body of believers with the mission of seeing our community transformed by the love of Jesus.

How it all started...

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Gateway began with a vision. The vision was to plant a church. It was a vision from the heart of God, who embedded that vision into the hearts of Earl and LeAnn Bradley, of Lacey, WA.

The Bradleys sent a team to start Shelton Christian Fellowship, in January of 1975. The founding pastors of that small church plant were Dennis and Diane Teague. Full of faith and vision to expand the kingdom of God and to make disciples, the Teagues loved and cared for people, making a positive impact in our community during the years that they pastored. Because of their willingness to respond to the call of God, we exist today as a thriving, faith-filled body of believers with the mission of seeing our community transformed by the love of Jesus.

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Expanding the vision...

Several years into pastoring the congregation, the Teagues felt God calling them to the mission field of the Philippines. They responded and transitioned leadership of the church to Gale and Dana Ashby. Gale and Dana loved the church and pastored diligently for 12 years. Sensing it was time for a change, the Ashby's reached out to Kevin and Jeanie Earls, friends of the church from Aloha, Oregon. Kevin was associate pastor at the time, of Living Hope Fellowship with Pastor Jess Strickland. Kevin and Jeanie responded to what they sensed to be God's call on their lives, and soon moved to Shelton with their two daughters, Gloria and Melodi, to assume the pastorate of the church. That was the summer of 1995.

Shelton Christian Fellowship underwent a name change to "Gateway Christian Fellowship" in 1998. Pastor Kevin and Jeanie led the Church and ran with the vision God was placing in their hearts. Twenty years later, in January 2016, Pastor Kevin transitioned the lead pastorate to his son-in-law, Adam Brennan. Adam and Gloria are now lead pastors of Gateway.

Expanding the vision...

Several years into pastoring the congregation, the Teagues felt God calling them to the mission field of the Philippines. They responded and transitioned leadership of the church to Gale and Dana Ashby. Gale and Dana loved the church and pastored diligently for 12 years. Sensing it was time for a change, the Ashby's reached out to Kevin and Jeanie Earls, friends of the church from Aloha, Oregon. Kevin was associate pastor at the time, of Living Hope Fellowship with Pastor Jess Strickland. Kevin and Jeanie responded to what they sensed to be God's call on their lives, and soon moved to Shelton with their two daughters, Gloria and Melodi, to assume the pastorate of the church. That was the summer of 1995.

Shelton Christian Fellowship underwent a name change to "Gateway Christian Fellowship" in 1998. Pastor Kevin and Jeanie led the Church and ran with the vision God was placing in their hearts. Twenty years later, in January 2016, Pastor Kevin transitioned the lead pastorate to his son-in-law, Adam Brennan. Adam and Gloria are now lead pastors of Gateway.

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Expanding the vision...

Several years into pastoring the congregation, the Teagues felt God calling them to the mission field of the Philippines. They responded and transitioned leadership of the church to Gale and Dana Ashby. Gale and Dana loved the church and pastored diligently for 12 years. Sensing it was time for a change, the Ashby's reached out to Kevin and Jeanie Earls, friends of the church from Aloha, Oregon. Kevin was associate pastor at the time, of Living Hope Fellowship with Pastor Jess Strickland. Kevin and Jeanie responded to what they sensed to be God's call on their lives, and soon moved to Shelton with their two daughters, Gloria and Melodi, to assume the pastorate of the church. That was the summer of 1995.

Shelton Christian Fellowship underwent a name change to "Gateway Christian Fellowship" in 1998. Pastor Kevin and Jeanie led the Church and ran with the vision God was placing in their hearts. Twenty years later, in January 2016, Pastor Kevin transitioned the lead pastorate to his son-in-law, Adam Brennan. Adam and Gloria are now lead pastors of Gateway.

Where we are headed...

Gateway is on a mission to reach our community, make disciples and see Jesus formed in the lives of people everywhere. We are so thankful for the grace of God and excited about His continued working in our lives and our community. Our vision is to reach people and in doing so, to see lives, families, and communities transformed. It begins here with us and it spreads outward. As we continue to grow, we are in the process of expanding our facilities for the sole purpose of ministering more effectively to our community. These are exciting times for the church, as we day-by-day look to the Lord for His wisdom, strength and guidance. It's His church!

Where we are headed...

Gateway is on a mission to reach our community, make disciples and see Jesus formed in the lives of people everywhere. We are so thankful for the grace of God and excited about His continued working in our lives and our community. Our vision is to reach people and in doing so, to see lives, families, and communities transformed. It begins here with us and it spreads outward. As we continue to grow, we are in the process of expanding our facilities for the sole purpose of ministering more effectively to our community. These are exciting times for the church, as we day-by-day look to the Lord for His wisdom, strength and guidance. It's His church!

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Where we are headed...

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Gateway is on a mission to reach our community, make disciples and see Jesus formed in the lives of people everywhere. We are so thankful for the grace of God and excited about His continued working in our lives and our community. Our vision is to reach people and in doing so, to see lives, families, and communities transformed. It begins here with us and it spreads outward. As we continue to grow, we are in the process of expanding our facilities for the sole purpose of ministering more effectively to our community. These are exciting times for the church, as we day-by-day look to the Lord for His wisdom, strength and guidance. It's His church!

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FAQs

What does water baptism mean? ›

Water Baptism symbolizes the need for our sin to be washed clean. It represents the truth that our old person is gone, and the new has come. “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17.

What does laying on of hands mean in the bible? ›

Definition of laying on of hands

: the act of laying hands usually on a person's head to confer a spiritual blessing (as in Christian ordination, confirmation, or faith healing)

Do Christians tithe? ›

A tithe is a portion (10%) of your income given as an offering to your local church. (Fun fact: The word tithe literally means tenth in Hebrew.) Because the custom of tithing is biblical, many Christians and Jews practice it as part of their faith.

Can you be baptized twice? ›

Baptism seals the Christian with the indelible spiritual mark (character) of his belonging to Christ. No sin can erase this mark, even if sin prevents Baptism from bearing the fruits of salvation. Given once for all, Baptism cannot be repeated.

How do you see God's hand in your life? ›

As we seek and receive divine bread daily, our faith and trust in God and His Son grow.
  1. Looking to God Daily. ...
  2. Trusting in the Lord. ...
  3. Working through Problems. ...
  4. Reaching Our Potential. ...
  5. Seeking the Lord's Help in Serving. ...
  6. Making Daily Choices. ...
  7. Remembering the Bread of Life.

What is the best healing prayer? ›

Be near me in my time of weakness and pain; sustain me by your grace, that my strength and courage may not fail; heal me according to your will; and help me always to believe that what happens to me here is of little account if you hold me in eternal life, my Lord and my God. Amen.

How do you receive the Holy Spirit? ›

The path to receiving the Holy Ghost is to exercise faith in Christ unto repentance. We can become clean through qualifying for the effects of the Savior's Atonement. The covenants offered in baptism by authorized servants of God bring that cleansing.

What is the true purpose of baptism? ›

The nature of baptism is that of a public act. When a new believer is baptized, he or she is giving a public testimony of his or her faith in Jesus as others are witnessing this public identification with Christ and the Christian church.

Why should I be Baptised in water? ›

baptized in water? Throughout the history of Christian faith, people have been baptized in water to show they have accepted the message of God's love and have put their trust in Jesus.

What are the benefits of water baptism? ›

Baptism is a symbol that the sin is washed away. In other words, you restart life with a clean slate. When you are dipped in the water, the sin is washed away.
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  • Builds Your Faith. ...
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What are the three types of water baptism? ›

The Catholic holds that there are three types of baptism by which one can be saved: sacramental baptism (with water), baptism of desire (explicit or implicit desire to be part of the church founded by Jesus Christ), and baptism of blood (martyrdom).

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