About Us

Who we are, where we come from, and where we're headed as a church family

Who we are

Here's the deal, Gateway cares about one thing more than anything else, Jesus Christ. We are a family of individuals that have found hope in Jesus, and simply want as many people as possible to experience that exact same freedom.

What is going on with the merger?

We are in the process of merging with and becoming Press Church.

It all began at the end of 2019 when we began discussions with the leadership of Press Church. After many meetings and many prayers, we realized that God was moving us towards shared ministry together.

As we began ministering together the COVID-19 crisis forced us into fully online services. One of the amazing things about the timing of this merger is that it brings together great resources. Our new union allows us to have the technology, space, manpower, and experience to develop a modern and culturally relevant online experience and communication platform that neither church was fully capable of providing on their own.

We anticipate the full culmination of this merger to take place in mid 2020 with a complete launch of Press Church in Powell in September.

Where we come from

Gateway was started in 1997 by the works of 8 families. Back then, these families imagined a church that was truly welcoming to everyone - where everyone had a seat at the table regardless of personal history, family background, ethnicity, or gender. Gateway hosted its first gatherings in a local school building.

What this means for you

What does this mean for you? Most importantly, you're always welcome here. We're saving a seat for you. Wherever you're at in your faith journey, you'll always be accepted as part of our church family.

The Reason We Exist

To make real connections to God, people, service and life.


We want to build authentic faith in people who are truly seeking God’s presence and mercy in their lives.


We want to encourage people to grow in and find an alive relationship with God through faith in Jesus. That is the foundation of the life we were created to have. In God we find peace, hope, purpose, security and joy.


We are building an authentic community of people based on healthy relationships and encourage each other in faith and life.


We want to help people be a part of and serve God’s purposes in the world. We all have traits and gifts that can have an eternal impact on our world.


Jesus said he came to give us abundant life. As we connect to God, His church and serve His purposes we are on the road to experiencing the abundant life found in Jesus Christ.

Next steps

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Meet Our Leaders

John Atkinson

Lead Pastor

Ian Hayes

Worship Leader

Jennifer Atkinson

Kids Ministry Director

Peter Atkinson

Student Ministries Director

Darla Campbell

Office Manager

Keith Shaull

Facilities Director

Beth Francis

Events Coordinator

Gloria Shaull


Nicole Carrion

Club 456 Coordinator