Our Story

How it all started...

Gateway began with a vision. The vision was to plant a church. It was a vision from the heart of God, who embedded that vision into the hearts of Earl and LeAnn Bradley, of Lacey, WA.

The Bradleys sent a team to start Shelton Christian Fellowship, in January of 1975. The founding pastors of that small church plant were Dennis and Diane Teague. Full of faith and vision to expand the kingdom of God and to make disciples, the Teagues loved and cared for people, making a positive impact in our community during the years that they pastored.  Because of their willingness to respond to the call of God, we exist today as a thriving, faith-filled body of believers with the mission of seeing our community transformed by the love of Jesus.

Expanding the vision...

Several years into pastoring the congregation, the Teagues felt God calling them to the mission field of the Philippines. They responded and transitioned leadership of the church to Gale and Dana Ashby. Gale and Dana loved the church and pastored diligently for 12 years. Sensing it was time for a change, the Ashby's reached out  to Kevin and Jeanie Earls, friends of the church from Aloha, Oregon. Kevin was associate pastor at the time, of Living Hope Fellowship with Pastor Jess Strickland. Kevin and Jeanie responded to what they sensed to be God's call on their lives, and soon moved to Shelton with their two daughters, Gloria and Melodi, to assume the pastorate of the church. That was the summer of 1995.

Shelton Christian Fellowship underwent a name change to "Gateway Christian Fellowship" in 1998. Pastor Kevin and Jeanie led the Church and ran with the vision God was placing in their hearts. Twenty years later, in January 2016, Pastor Kevin transitioned the lead pastorate to his son-in-law, Adam Brennan. Adam and Gloria are now lead pastors of Gateway.

Where we are headed...

Gateway is on a mission to reach our community, make disciples and see Jesus formed in the lives of people everywhere. We are so thankful for the grace of God and excited about His continued working in our lives and our community. Our vision is to reach people and in doing so, to see lives, families, and communities transformed. It begins here with us and it spreads outward. As we continue to grow, we are in the process of expanding our facilities for the sole purpose of ministering more effectively to our community. These are exciting times for the church, as we day-by-day look to the Lord for His wisdom, strength and guidance. It's His church!

Be a part of our story...

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