About Us

Who We Are

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

Our Mission

The Word of God is our true foundation. The Bible clearly states who you were created to be: believing in Jesus, belonging to family, becoming a follower, and building God’s kingdom. Our mission is to help you fulfill this calling and live out the fullest life in Christ imaginable.

Believe
Belief in Jesus Christ as the Son of God is a process that ultimately provides the bedrock for your faith. Our desire is to reveal the nature of God and who He created you to be in order to strengthen your faith and surrender to His grace.
Belong

Relationships play an essential role in your spiritual life and in your walk with God, and they’re rooted in belonging to a greater community. In fact, Jesus commanded us to love God and love one another. We all have a need to belong, and it’s through loving, helping and protecting one another that we have opportunity to live out these greatest of commandments.

Become
To be Christ-like is to move away from a self-centered existence to a Christ-centered life of doing and loving as He does. But this transformation isn’t done on our own – it’s begun and completed through God’s generous grace and power. Through practical steps in God’s Word, the Holy Spirit, and relationship with God and others, our emphasis is to help you become more like Christ in your own personal spiritual growth and development.
Build
Discover how God is calling you to give to others what the Lord has already given to you. Acting as his hands and feet by using your gifts and talents, you can help build the kingdom by the giving of yourself in making disciples and helping others move toward spiritual maturity.

 

 

Our Core Values

WE LIVE TO GIVE

Our definition of generosity is this: being sacrificially openhanded in giving to God and to others. You can give without loving but you cannot love without giving. We LIVE to give because we LOVE the Giver.

 

2 Corinthians 9:6-7

Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”

WE LOVE TO SHEMA (OBEY)

The simple biblical definition of Shema means to hear, but it has a much richer meaning. It means to hear so clearly and strongly that you are compelled to obey whatever you hear. Obedience is the daily evidence that we truly see Jesus as the Lord of our life. Not obeying simply means doing things our own way. We love to Shema because we love being surprised by God’s extravagant response to our faithful obedience to his voice. 

Deuteronomy 6:4–5 (NKJV)

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

WE FIGHT FOR INNOCENCE

Our definition of innocence is this: godly simplicity with the absence of ungodly motivation. It involves perspective and motivation. When we read God’s word, we want to act like it’s the first time to ever see it; a childlike excitement when we find something new to celebrate about God. It also involves motive. We must not manipulate, because manipulation is man’s statement to God that we don’t need him to get to our desired outcome.  The great news is that in a manipulative world, an innocent lack of impure motive is appreciated. Jesus commands his followers to be innocent. So in this house, we FIGHT for innocence.

 

Matthew 10:16

“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.”

WE ARE ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT EXCELLENCE

Our simple definition of excellence is doing the best you can with everything God has given you. Excellence is the evidence of a really good steward. Jesus didn’t say love God based on how you feel, He said love God based on all you’ve got within you. Love lives excellently, that’s why we will ALWAYS be enthusiastic about excellence. 

 

Daniel 6:3 NKJV

Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm.

WE ARE SERIOUS ABOUT GROWTH

Our definition of growth is this: the act of personally developing by constantly improving. One of the reasons we are so serious about growth is that healthy things always grow. As a church, the best thing we can do to help you grow is get off of you that which is causing you to run so slow. The ability to grow is one of the greatest gifts God gives us because none of us wants to stay where we are today, forever. We want to grow. But here, we don’t just want to, we are serious about actually doing it.

 

Hebrews 12:1 NIV

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.

WE AREN'T SETTLING FOR RELIGION, WE'RE GOING FOR ROMANCE

Our definition of romance is this: the art of unpredictable pursuit. Unfortunately, for many followers of Jesus, our walk with God becomes repetitiously monotonous rather than romantically miraculous. Jesus did not die for a boringly religious relationship with you, He died for a romantically intimate relationship with you. Romance was the motive behind Christ’s death. That’s why here, you won’t see us settle for religion, we will ALWAYS go for romance.

 

Matthew 6:7-8

“When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. Don’t be like them.”

Our Beliefs

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.

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.
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.
Baptism & Communion
The Word of God presses 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

Our Team

Preston Morrison

Senior Pastor

Brad Larson

Executive Pastor

Noelle Larson

Executive Pastor

Brooke Bryant

Executive Pastor

Jeff Daigle

Executive Pastor

Doug Lake

Tempe Campus Pastor

Phil Goldsberry

Discipleship Pastor

Isaac Gross

Young Adults Pastor

Allison Timberlake

Children’s Pastor

Blake Hester

Communications Director

Austen Varian

Live Production Director

Aaron Bolton

Associate Worship Director

Cole Cameron

Associate Pastor, Tempe Campus

Josh Walsh

Associate Pastor, Tempe Campus

Bobby Craciunescu

Lead App & Web Developer 

Mason Bates

Gateway Kids & Outreach Coordinator

Gerard Thompson

Gateway Kids Coordinator

Cassandra Mancha

Gateway Kids & Students Coordinator

Samantha Brewer

Member Care & Assimilation

Samantha Lesar

Project Manager, H+W Media 

Kayla Bastin

Finance Coordinator

Tracy Raber

Administrative Assistant

Jen Wallace

Executive Assistant

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CHURCH OFFICE
8110 E. Cactus Rd., Suite 100
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

(480) 426-8779

info@gatewaylife.com

 

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