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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 Interim Pastor
Pastor Steve and Gloria have served the Lord as a ministry team since beginning their married life together nearly 49 years ago. They faithfully shared the gospel and modeled the love of our Lord Jesus Christ in country and city churches from Florida to Massachusetts. Pastor Steve and Gloria are originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia. They have three grown, married sons and 13 grandchildren. Pastor Steve is a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Virginia and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Gloria is a graduate of Leigh Memorial Hospital School of Nursing.
Pastor Steve has served the Lord as a full time, Senior Pastor, Church Planter and Interim Pastor for over 43 years. He retired from his church in Jacksonville, Florida in 2011 where he served for 19 years. His previous pastorates included two country churches in Virginia and North Carolina and the birthing of a new church in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Since then he and Gloria have enjoyed the privilege of serving as Interim Pastor and Pastor’s Wife in seven churches before returning to Gateway.
Pastor Steve also served 28 years in the US military as a combat field medic with the 82nd Airborne Division and as a military chaplain with the Virginia Army and Florida Air National Guard. He retired as a Chaplain, Lt Col, with combat tours in Iraq, the Philippines and Kyrgyzstan. God called Pastor Steve to minister to hurting people by proclaiming the gospel and ministering the Word to anyone, anytime and anywhere. His heart’s desire is to see men, women, boys and girls come to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ by grace through faith. Colossians 3:17