History & Vision
The church started in 2002 when Graham and Sue Hall sensed the call of God to leave Kings’ Church Norwich and move to Ashford, starting public Sunday meetings at the Stour Centre.
It has steadily grown as we have sought to stay true to our vision and values. From the outset we’ve wanted to be a church expressing God’s outrageous grace and modelling something of Jesus’ servant-heartedness to others.
2007 saw the start of the Gateway Furniture and Baby Equipment Project. This supported thousands of people in need.
As the church continued to grow, we relocated to the North School in 2008. This provides excellent
facilities, especially for our children’s ministry.
2011 saw a remarkable thing happen! Ashford Community Church’s leadership team, led by Richard Burgess, felt led by God to close this church and join ranks with Gateway Church to become part of Newfrontiers.
2012 was a busy year. We started a new church plant into the Weald of Kent, based in Tenterden.
This has grown steadily as people have discovered the life-changing power of the Gospel. Also, that year we took out a lease on premises in the center of Ashford in Park Mall, known as The Hub. We have since moved to The Riverside Centre - find out more here!
Our vision is to grow a family of believers who are passionate about loving God and His presence, that are secure in their identity as His sons and daughters, and filled with the Holy Spirit, each one partnering with Jesus daily in extending his kingdom.
As a church we are pursuing these Kindgom Cultures:
Presence of God
Risk Taking Faith
If you'd like to hear more on these cultures, check out the preaching series - click here.
Gateway Church is part of the Catalyst family of churches within New Frontiers.
It takes a great leadership and team to make church what it is, so why don't you check out the mug shots of our team by clicking here!