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We are a family of believers who has a heart to see their community impacted by the love of Jesus. We believe our mission is to reach people with the love of Christ, and to see them living out their purpose. Our worship is contemporary, casual, biblically grounded, and Spirit empowered.

Who We Are

Gateway Baptist Church is a relatively young church for Lake City.  Organized in March of 1999, Gateway has become a church family large enough to provide the kinds of quality ministries that are so needed by those in our community seeking a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.  Those who are striving to grow in the Lord will discover many opportunities to journey into that next step of their relationship with Christ and to exercise their souls for His glory. Our church is multi-generational and enjoys a dynamic mix of new, growing and mature followers of Christ.  Gateway services include Sunday morning worship, Sunday evening worship, and Wednesday evening fellowship meals, discipleship studies and prayer gatherings.  A strong feature of our church is her youth and children’s ministries! Blessed with ample property and facilities (14 acres of land and over 14,000 square feet of ministry space including worship, educational, multi-purpose, nursery, kitchen and office areas) to accomplish her mission and ministries in Lake City and beyond, Gateway is a Christ-centered, Biblically grounded, evangelistic, joyful and grateful congregation.

Our Senior Pastor, Drue Thompson his wife Ashleigh, and daughter Sadie have recently joined our Gateway family.

We look forward to our future as a community of believers intent on bringing the Gospel to Lake City and growing as Pastor Drue leads us forward!

From Pastor Drue: My desire is to pastor a mission-minded, Bible believing church that empowers the men and women of the congregation to live as disciples on mission in their Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and around the world. (Matthew 28:18-20)

Pastor Drue brings an extensive ministry background to Gateway:


New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary – Master of Divinity, December 2015

Leavell College – Bachelors of Christian Ministry, December 2011


Licensed – First Baptist Church of Denham Springs, LA   April 2005

Ordained – Taylor Mill Baptist Church, Reynolds, GA       April 2012

MINISTRY EXPERIENCE With over 18 years of experience in ministry, I’ve led numerous churches and US Army Battalions in spiritual and numerical growth through evangelism and discipleship. I have proven servant leadership and teamwork skills. While serving as Chaplain in the US Army I encountered a wide variety of cultures and learned invaluable methods in how to lead these various cultures to Christ. I continue to actively participate in various leadership workshops and ministry conferences.

Senior Pastor at Mull’s Grove Baptist Church Aug 2020 – Oct 2022

US Army Chaplain at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, AK         Aug. 2016 – July 2020

Pastor at Taylor Mill Baptist Church in Reynolds, GA                    Mar. 2012 – Aug. 2016

Visitation Ministry, Metairie Baptist Church, Metairie, LA             Jan. 2011 – Mar. 2012

Chaplain Assistant, US Army                                                             2005-2009

Pulpit Supply at various churches throughout GA and LA             2004-2012