Who we are

At Gateway, we are committed to helping every person belong to a family, believe in Jesus, become a disciple and build His kingdom.


“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” Luke 4:18–19

In 1996, Dallas native Preston Morrison was 18 years old and scouting a college in Scottsdale. While there, God spoke clearly to him and said, “Preston, you will spend the greater half of your life serving this Valley, ministering to this Valley and sacrificing for this Valley. This is where My anointing for you rests.”

Four years later, Preston was wrapping up his time in college and interning for a church outside of Scottsdale. Out of the blue, he received a phone call that changed everything. It was a pastor from Dallas named Robert Morris, who was starting a new church, Gateway. He wanted Preston to return home to be the part-time youth pastor. Preston was honest with Pastor Robert about the calling he received in the Lord’s message to him, about serving the Valley in and around Scottsdale for the greater part of his life. But Preston returned to Dallas, submitted his timing to the Lord and told Pastor Robert that he would never bring it up again. Years passed, and no one said anything about Scottsdale for quite some time.

After seven years, Preston became comfortable with life in Dallas, working for a senior pastor, and thinking less about becoming one himself. He was completely content to stay safely in the shadow of Pastor Robert. However, this was not to be.

In 2009, Pastor Robert said these words to Preston, for which he will always be thankful “It’s time for you to leave, Preston. It’s time to ready you for stewarding the move of God that is waiting for you in Scottsdale.”

Gateway’s first church plant—Gateway Church Scottsdale, opened its doors on September 9, 2012, marking a day that God had on His calendar since the beginning of time.

Anointed in the scripture of Hosea 2:15, “… transform the Valley of Trouble into a gateway of hope,” Gateway Church received its name. We believe that God speaks, and that you can hear Him. It is our heart that you would receive a word from God, spoken clearly, each time you are with us, and that through your personal growth, spiritual development, and relationship with God, collectively with the growth of our Gateway community, together we would have the greatest impact toward transforming this Valley of souls.

2 Cor 10:15 “… we hope that your faith will grow so that the boundaries of our work among you will be extended.”

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Statement of Faith

Article 1 – The Trinity

It is the testimony of both the Old and New Testaments and of the Christian Church that God is both One and Triune. The biblical revelation testifies that there is only one God and that He is eternally existent in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

God the Father

God the Father is the creator and sustainer of all things, and He created the universe in love. He created man in His own image for fellowship and called man back to Himself through Christ after the rebellion and fall of man.

The Son

Jesus Christ is eternally God. He was together with the Father and the Holy Spirit from the beginning, and through Him all things were made. For man’s redemption, He left heaven and became incarnate by the Holy Spirit through the virgin Mary; henceforth, He is forever one Christ with two natures—God and man—in one person.

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is God, the Lord and giver of life, who was active in the Old Testament and given to the Church in fullness at Pentecost. He empowers the saints for service and witness, cleanses man from the old nature and conforms us to the image of Christ. The baptism in the Holy Spirit, subsequent to conversion, releases the fullness of the Spirit and is evidenced by the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Article 2 – The Scripture

We affirm that the Bible, containing the Old and New Testaments, is alone the only infallible, inspired Word of God, and that its authority is ultimate, final, and eternal. It cannot be added to, subtracted from, or superseded in any regard. The Bible is the source of all doctrine, instruction, correction, and reproof. It contains all that is needed for guidance in godliness and practical Christian conduct.

Article 3 – The Atonement

Christ’s vicarious death on the cross paid the penalty for the sins of the whole world, but its benefits are only applicable to those who receive Jesus as their personal Savior. Healing—body, soul, and spirit—and all of God’s provisions for His saints are provided for in the atonement, but these must be appropriated.

Article 4 – Salvation

The Word of God declares clearly that salvation is a free gift of God, based on the merits of the death of His Son, and is appropriated by faith. Salvation is effected by personal repentance, belief in the Lord Jesus (justification), and personal acceptance of Him into one’s life as Lord and Savior (regeneration). The new life in Christ includes the privileges of adoption and inheritance in the kingdom of God’s beloved Son. Salvation is an act of free will in response to God’s personal love for mankind. It is predestined only in the sense that God, through His omniscience, foreknew those who would choose Him. It is secure in the eternal, unchanging commitment of God who does not lie and is forever the same. Salvation should produce an active lifestyle of loving obedience and service to Jesus Christ our Savior.

Article 5 – The Christian Life

We believe that the Scriptures portray the life of the saint in this world to be one of balance between what is imputed to us as Christians and what is imparted to us according to our faith and maturity. Hence, God’s provision for His children is total, and the promises are final and forever. The shortcomings of the individual and of the Church are because of the still progressing sanctification of the saints. The Christian life is filled with trials, tests, and warfare against a spiritual enemy. For those abiding in Christ until their deaths or His return, the promises of eternal blessing in the presence of God are assured. To remain faithful through all circumstances of life requires dependence upon the Holy Spirit and a willingness to die to personal desires and passions.

Article 6 – The Church

The goal of the Church is to make disciples of all nations and to present the saints complete in Christ. The five-fold ministry of Ephesians 4 governs the Church, the offices of elder and deacon, as well as other offices mentioned in Scripture. Church policy is a balance between congregation and eldership authority, emphasizing the final authority of the Church leadership. It is essential to the life of the Church that scriptural patterns of discipline are practiced and that oversight for Church discipline, individual and corporate, is exercised by the leadership of the Church.

Article 7 – Baptism & the Lord’s Supper

The Word of God enjoins on the Church two perpetual ordinances of the Lord Jesus Christ. The first, baptism, is the outward sign of what God has already done in the individual’s life and is a testimony to all that the person now belongs to Jesus. It is identification with Jesus and is effected in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Lord’s Supper is a commemoration of the death of the Lord and is done in remembrance of Him until He comes again; it is a sign of our participation in Him. Both institutions are restricted to those who are believers.

Article 8 – Eschatology

We affirm the bodily, personal, second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, the resurrection of the saints, the millennium, and the final judgment. The final judgment will determine the eternal status of both the saints and the unbelievers, determined by their relationship to Jesus Christ. We affirm with the Bible the final state of the new heavens and the new earth.

Meet the team

Brad Larson

Pastor, Executive

Preston Morrison

Pastor, Senior

Luke Denton

Executive Pastor, Creative Worship Arts

Lee West

Pastor, Guest Experience

Patrick Palmer

Pastor, Outreach

Doug Lake

Pastor, Relational Care

Isaac Gross

Pastor, Student Ministries

Matt Birkenfield

Pastor, Worship

Noelle Larson

Director, Family Life

Richard Buoscio

Director, Operations

Liz Meyers

Coordinator, Early Education

Allison Timberlake

Coordinator, Elementary Education

Mason Bates

Coordinator, Gateway Kids

Tracy Raber

Administrative Assistant

Ashlee Hayes

Executive Assistant

Samantha Brewer

Administrative Assistant, Gateway Kids

Brad Larson

Pastor, Executive

Preston Morrison

Pastor, Senior

Visit Gateway

Gateway Church is a community of people who follow Jesus and build His kingdom. We invite you to join us for one of our weekend services. Visiting a new church is an exciting time, and we’re here to help make your arrival an easy one.

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Service Times

We offer several services throughout the weekend:
Saturdays at 5 PM
Sundays at 9 AM, 11 AM

Address: 15020 N Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85260
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