Who We Are
We are a gathering of believers living a real life pursuing the real Jesus and seeking real change.
Marks are a picture of who we're trying to be as a church.
We are not done.
We expect to be continually changed. We read the Bible because it’s the best way to know Jesus and experience change.
We practice uncommon hospitality.
We share our home and life with people to bring glory to Jesus and to change lives for the better.
We love our neighbors.
We work out our faith by loving those God has put near us but may be far from him. It is our mission to love those around us!
We are champions of the family!
We love seeing families thrive and grow. We help build strong families so we can bring grace to hurting families.
I grew up as a pastor’s kid in a suburb of Chicago. Through the faithfulness of my parents and the church I came to faith when I was a young boy. My faith grew over the years and truly became a practice in my own life in Junior High after attending a youth conference called “Aquire the Fire.” I attended and graduated from Moody Bible Institute and completed my Master’s Degree at Dallas Theological Seminary. I spent two years in where China I met my wife, Vanessa with whom we have four kids, Eli, Penelope, Zoe, & Nicholas.
Director of Adult Ministry
Redeemed son, grace-dependent husband of one, imperfect father to four, door holder. (Psalm 84:10)
Pastor of Student Ministry
Missoula has been my home for virtually my entire life. I grew up in a Christian home and God saved me at a young age. God used student ministry mightily in my life to grow my faith and to put in me a desire to be a pastor. I graduated the Moody Bible Institute in 2014. I love spending time with my wife and daughter, reading a good murder mystery, and following sports a bit too closely. I’ve been a part of Church at the Gates since 2013.
Director of Kid’s Ministry
A fifth generation Montanan and a proud Bobcat, I graduated from MSU and University of Wyoming in Chemical Engineering. During my childhood I learned about Jesus at Sunday School but my eyes and heart were not opened to a personal relationship with Him until moving to Laramie, Wyoming where I met my husband Steve. Job opportunities moved us with our 2 sons to Colorado, Nevada, South Carolina and Texas. Finally, after 30 years exploring the country, Montana called us home. I’ve designed many interesting manufacturing systems, but now God has called me to teach God’s love to the next generation.
I was blessed enough to grow in a home that taught me about God's might and love. As I entered middle-school, my confidence in God fell apart. I spent the rest of middle and high-school going through the motions of faith, feeling like a fraud, and asking God to speak to me. Finally, as I graduated high-school, the wall came down: I gave up trying to earn God's love, and accepted grace! I've been at CATG since 2016, and graduated from the U of M in 2020 with a major in Psychology and a minor Art. I love tea-time, art projects, Irish dance, and I'm always ready to try a new skill!
Born and raised in a small suburb of New York city I attended Saint James The Less with dad, mom, three sisters and a brother. I was involved with the youth group, acted in plays, and did what ever the church had for me, but did not have a real relationship with the Lord. Then 22 years ago God got my attention and I have been pursuing Him ever since. I know God has blessed me with His grace and I am thankful for my beautiful wife Shelly and our son Evan. I am also grateful for Gods hand in leading me to this church.
Director of Worship & Creative Arts
I first responded to the gospel as a young boy and cut my teeth in AWANA and youth group before feeling the call to serve Christ and His Church as a teenager. I am a graduate of Biola University and completed my Masters of Divinity at Multnomah Biblical Seminary. My wife began partnering with me early on in ministry and we love to serve Jesus together along with our two kiddos. When we’re not chasing them around the church, or sharing a meal with friends, you might find us on the hiking trail, tearing into a box of Legos, or making a joyful noise together with guitars in hand.
I was raised in a Catholic home. Early on the Lord impressed upon me a desire to serve Him. But it wasn't until after college that the Lord really confonted me with the need to repent from my sin and to put my trust in Him to save me. No longer did I just want to be saved from the consequences of my sin, but I wanted to be saved from my sin and have a relationship with Jesus Christ. A couple of years later I married my lovely wife Connie. Over the years we were blessed with four wonderful children: Tanya, Joni, Brad, and Kari. We are so thankful for God's merciful grace early in our lives so that we able to raise our children in the nurturing and admonition of the Lord. God has continued to bless us with our precious grandchildren, and the opportunity to impact lives for Christ. God gave me a heart to study the scriptures, which I have enjoyed for many years. We have been attending Church at the Gates since 2013.
I grew up in a Christian home, in Wisconsin, and came to Missoula when I was 12. My faith really started growing during high school through the discipleship of my parents and the teaching staff at Valley Christian School. I graduated with a BS in Geological Engineering from MT Tech. God has blessed my wife, Kim, and I with our daughter, Mackenzie. In our twenties, like many young adults, we were immature and unsure of ourselves, coasting through life our faith. But God is so gracious, patient, loving, and faithful. He continued to pursue us, bringing various trials into our lives to grow us, and bringing us to CATG in 2012.
What do we believe as a church?
ABOUT THE BIBLE
The Bible is the one and only, infinite God´s revelation to His finite Creation. Without His revelation, we would be groping around in the dark inventing false gods conjured up in our own imaginations. It was penned by human authors, under the supernatural guidance of the Holy Spirit. Because it is inspired by God, it is truth without any mixture of error. It is the ultimate source of truth and authority for Christian beliefs and living. It gives us all the information we need to faithfully live out what God wants us to think and do.
2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21, Psalm 119:105, Proverbs 30:5
God is the ONE Creator and Ruler of the universe. He has eternally existed in three persons known as “the Trinity”: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. These are three distinct persons who are co-equal and co-eternal and are still one God.
Deuteronomy 6:4, Genesis 1:1, Psalm 90:2, Matthew 28:19, Genesis 1:26, 1 Peter 1:2, 2 Corinthians 13:14
Man is made in the spiritual image of God, to be like Him in character and spread His life-giving rule throughout creation. They are the supreme object of God´s creation. Although they had tremendous potential for good, they have become spiritually dead through humanity’s ongoing rebellion against the holy, infinite, perfect, eternal God. Consequently, if they are going to know God and be restored to Him, God has to make them spiritually alive through the power of the Holy Spirit by His will.
Genesis 1:26-27, Romans 3:10-12, Romans 5:12-13, Psalm 8:3-6, Isaiah 53:6, Isaiah 59:1-2
Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally under the wrath of God separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation. To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence not just states of being or mind.
John 3:16, Matthew 25:34, Hebrews 9:27, Revelation 20:15, 1 John 5:11-12
Salvation is an infinitely expensive gift offered freely from God to man. Man can never make up for his sin by self-improvement, good works, right thinking, or an absence of desire. Jesus Christ (the holy, infinite, eternal, perfect Son of God) is the only, singular, sole, narrow, exclusive payment for sin. Jesus Christ is the only One with the singular, sole, narrow, exclusive authority to forgive sin. Only by trusting in Jesus Christ as God´s offer of forgiveness can man be saved from sin´s penalty. Eternal life begins the moment one receives Jesus Christ into his life by faith.
Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, John 14:6, Romans 8:1, John 1:12-13, Titus 3:5, Romans 5:1
ABOUT JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-eternal and co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life in historical space and time and offered Himself as the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all people by dying on a wooden Roman cross. Before dying on the Cross, He absorbed the full weight of the wrath of God against the sins of humanity. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to Heaven´s glory where He now reigns in authority over all things, people, places and times. Jesus will return again to reign as King of kings, and Lord of lords.
John 1:1-5, 1 Corinthians 15:3-6, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Matthew 1:22-23, Isaiah 9:6, John 14:10, Hebrews 4:14-16, Acts 1:9-11
ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is co-equal and co-eternal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to open people’s eyes to their sin and make them aware of their desperate need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, power for doing what is right, and gifts for building of the Church of Jesus Christ. The Christian seeks to live under the authority of God’s Word (the Bible) by the Holy Spirit every moment.
John 16:7-13, 1 Corinthians 12:4-7, John 14:16, 2 Corinthians 3:17, Acts 1:8, 1 Corinthians 2:12, 1 Corinthians 3:16, Ephesians 1:13, Galatians 5:25
Baptism by immersion in water is a symbol God commands in the New Testament for those who have personally accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Its purpose is for the individual believer to volitionally identify with Jesus Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection by that Christian’s own choice. It is also a symbolic picture of the Christian’s own personal death to the slavery of sin, burial of the old self, and the commitment to walk in the new life given by Christ. Baptism does not save a person because that would be salvation by works and not by faith.
Matthew 28:19-20, Roman 6:1-4, Acts 2:41, Acts 8:12, Ephesians 2:8-9
ABOUT THE LORD’S SUPPER (COMMUNION)
As with Baptism, Lord’s Supper (or Communion) is a symbolic act to be observed only by those who have genuinely become followers of Jesus Christ. Partaking of this ordinance symbolizes the breaking of Christ’s body and shedding of His blood on our behalf. Christians should take Communion with an attitude of humility and self-examination, as a symbol of our continued dependence on Christ’s grace, and our unity with other believers.
1 Corinthians 11:23-25, Matthew 26:26-29, John 6:53-57, 1 Corinthians 10:16-17, 1 Corinthians 11:27-31
ABOUT PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS
Because God gives man eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in salvation for eternity. Salvation is maintained by the grace and power of God, not by the self-effort of the Christian. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives this security. Faithfulness is the result of salvation; salvation is not the result of faithfulness, as that would be salvation by works.
John 6:37-40, John 10:29, Philippians 1:6, 1 John 2:19, Romans 8:38-39, 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24, 2 Timothy 1:12, Hebrews 7:25, Hebrews 10:10, 1 Peter 1:3-5