How We Started
Gateway Community Church is the fourth church in the Gateway Church Network in Cleveland. After being at Gateway Downtown for over 5 years, Alex Ennes and his family felt like God was asking them to leave Gateway Downtown in 2012 to start a new church on the west side called Gateway Community Church. The church started meeting in the movie theater at Crocker Park initially after launching. In 2015 we were gifted a church building in North Ridgeville and have been growing in that building since then.
What We Believe
The Old and New Testament are inspired by God, the only written revelation from God to man. The Bible is infallible and the authoritative rule of faith and conduct for mankind (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, Peter 1:21).
God is called by many different names because of the different dimensions of His personality, but God is one (Deuteronomy 6:4). God is super-dimensional and eternally self-existent (John 8:54-59). God is omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent. He is the creator of the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1 and 2). While God is one, He has revealed Himself in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).
Jesus Christ is the second person of the Trinity, the eternal Son of God. The Scripture declares his virgin birth (Matthew 1:18-23); His sinless life (Hebrews 7:26, 1 Peter 2:22, 1 John 3:4-5); His miracles (Acts 2:22, 10:37-38); His substitutionary death on the cross (2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 Peter 2:24, 1 Corinthians 15:4); His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:1-6, 1 Corinthians 15:4); His exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9-11, Philippians 2:9-11).
We believe in the ministry of Holy Spirit to glorify Christ, to convict men of sin, righteousness, and judgment and to empower the believer.
(John 15:26, John 16:8, Acts 1:8)
The nine fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) are the by-product of a Spirit-filled life and evidence of spiritual maturity. The nine gifts of the Spirit are different manifestations of the Spirit to build up the body (1 Corinthians 12:1-11). We are instructed to diligently seek the gifts (1 Corinthians 12:31, 14:1), but they must be exercised in an orderly way (1 Corinthians 14:26-33) in the context of love (1 Corinthians 13:1-13).
Man was created in the image of God (Genesis 2:26). However, by a voluntary act of the will, Adam and Eve disobeyed God (Genesis 3:6). That first sin had several repercussions. Man was excommunicated from the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:23), a curse was pronounced (Genesis 3:14-19), the process of physical death began (Genesis 2:17), and man died spiritually (Romans 5:12-19). Sin separated humankind from God (Ephesians 2:11-18) and left man in a fallen, or sinful, condition (Romans 3:23).
The only means of salvation is Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12, John 14:6). He died on the cross to pay the penalty of our sins (1 Peter 2:24). He offers each of us a pardon for our sins (Hebrews 9:26) and wants us to become children of God (John 1:12).
When we put our faith in Christ, it triggers a spiritual chain reaction. We become the Temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19). Our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life (Revelation 3:5). We become citizens of heaven (Philemon 3:20-21). We are given eternal life (John 3:16). We are adopted and become children of God (Galatians 4:4-7). Our sins are forgiven and forgotten (Hebrews 8:12). We are credited with the righteousness of Christ (Romans 4:4-5). We are born again (John 3:3). God takes ownership of us (1 Corinthians 6:20). We receive an eternal inheritance (Ephesians 1:13-14, 1 Peter 1:3-5).
The evidence of salvation is two-fold. The internal evidence is the direct witness of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:16). The external evidence is the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). We become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) and are transformed into the image of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18).
The Scripture teaches that all who repent and believe in Christ are to be baptized by immersion (Matthew 28:19). Baptism is a public profession of faith in Christ. It is symbolic of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. It is a declaration to the world that we have died to sin and have been raised with Christ to walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4).
The Lord’s table consists of two elements: the bread and cup. Those elements are symbolic of the body and blood of Christ. Communion is a memorial of Christ’s sufferings on the cross and a celebration of our salvation. It is an opportunity for a believer to examine his or herself and experience forgiveness.
The Church is the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-27) and has a three-fold purpose: To evangelize the world (Acts 1:8, Mark 16:15-16), to worship God (1 Corinthians 12:13) and to equip for ministry (Ephesians 4:11-16, 1 Corinthians 12:28, 14:12).
Every believer should be transformed to the image of Christ by obeying God’s word, submitting to the lordship of Jesus, and yielding to the Holy Spirit.
(Romans 12:2, John 14:21, Galatians 5:22-24)
God is the source of all blessings, temporal and spiritual; all that we have and are we owe to Him. Christians have a spiritual debtorship to the whole world, a holy trusteeship in the gospel and a binding stewardship in their possessions. They are therefore under obligation to serve Him with their time, talents and material possessions; and should recognize all these as entrusted to them to use for the glory of God and for helping others. According to the Scriptures, Christians should contribute of their means cheerfully, regularly, systematically, proportionately and liberally for the advancement of the Redeemer’s cause on earth.
There will be a final judgment in which the dead will be resurrected and judged according to their works (Matt. 25:31-46, Romans 2:1-9). Everyone whose name is not found written in the Book of Life, along with the devil and his angels, will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:11-15). Those whose names are written in the Book of Life will be resurrected and stand at the judgment seat of Christ to be rewarded for their good deeds (1 Corinthians 4:5).
The Gateway story begins with Pastor Alex and Shari several years ago in downtown Cleveland. After being at Gateway Downtown for over 5 years, Pastor Alex and his family felt like God was asking them to leave Gateway Downtown in 2012 to start a new church on the west side called Gateway Community Church. Their passion is to see families follow Jesus in the suburbs of the west side of Cleveland.
Student Ministries Pastor
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Interim Worship Leader
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Gateway Kids Director
Growing up, Rachel lived in Ohio, Kentucky, and Michigan. She makes her return to the buckeye state following three years of teaching in Suriname, South America. Rachel has a passion for seeing children grow in knowledge of God’s love and enjoys creating a fun, safe place where that growth can take place. She is so blessed to be able to pursue this passion at Gateway Community Church!
accounting classes, and worked for a real estate agent processing short sales.
Church Planting Resident
Karlie is a born and raised Clevelander, spending almost twenty of his first years living in both the East and West sides of the city. After graduating High School, Karlie joined the Navy. What was intended to only be a four-year tour turned into twenty years of service, and retirement with honors. After retiring from the Navy, he enrolled in Ohio Christian University to answer and pursue his call into the ministry. Now as the Pastoral Apprentice at Gateway, he is growing in not only his relationship with God, but his ability to lead.