We feel that one of the best ways for newcomers to get connected in to other people at Gateway Church is to come along to a Welcome Lunch. They are held monthly towards the end of the month, at various church members homes. They provide an opportunity to meet people and ask questions about Gateway. The next Welcome Lunch can be found on the Events page.
Lifegroups are small groups of 8-12 people meeting in people's homes across the city of York. Lifegroups form the backbone of our church community, enabling people to connect on a deeper level in a small group. We believe that transformation happens in the context of relationships, and Lifegroups are a great place to learn and grow together. Email email@example.com if you're interested in joining one.
To help people communicate with one another, we have our own social media website called The City. If you have already set up an account, you can click through to it here and enter your username and password.
If you would like to join The City, please contact the office.
We are passionate about children and young people at Gateway. Our heart is to see children grow up with a genuine relationship with Jesus. We provide several activities and groups through the week for parents, children and young people. During our Sunday worship services we also cater for children and young people with age-specific groups. For enquiries about youth work contact Laura Crane, and for children's work contact Sarah Hogben.
A group for new parents in our local community to get to know one another.
For more information contact Sara Sweetman.
A friendly, fun place for parents to bring their toddlers for free play and story time.
For more information contact Bethany Wheeler
Lights & Element
Groups for young people to explore more about what it means to follow Jesus. Games, worship, talks, groups, activities, trips out and more.
School years 7-11 - 7:00-9:00pm
School years 12+ - 8.00-10.00pm
For more information contact Laura Crane.
As part of our weekly worship gathering we offer provision for children and young people up to the age of 16.
See the Info Point on Sundays for more details.
A friendly group for the over 65s offering hot drinks and snacks and a place for people to meet together for friendship and fellowship.
For more information contact Faith Turner.
We welcome people of all singing experience and abilities to join the community choir. The choir rehearses weekly and performs several times each year in venues across the city.
If you're interested in joining the choir contact our Choir Director Joe O'Neill.
I'm married to the lovely Rhona and live locally in Acomb. We have three children - Emma, Micah and Maisie, and if you can't find me at the Gateway Centre you'll find me riding my bike, working on my allotment or watching American TV box sets! I lead the Gateway eldership team and work full-time for the church.
I’m married to Pam and we have three grown-up children and (at the last count) four grandkids. I have the privilege of being part of the Gateway eldership team and preach regularly. I enjoy getting out in the country walking, cooking for friends and most kinds of roots music (blues, folk). Bliss is sitting down on a rare evening with a good crime thriller and a drop of malt.
I am married to Simon (whose willingness to listen to me is second to none!) and have two amazing teenage daughters, Jess and Rachel. I work as the Centre Manager at Gateway, and take care of the finances of the Church, ably supported by Karen Donkin. This involves a wide variety of roles, tasks and interactions making for a busy, sometimes bizarre, but wonderful working life. I am so grateful to have found such a sense of belonging and fulfilment as part of the Gateway Church family.
Trev & I moved up from Birmingham to be a part of this church in 1984, we have 5 grown up children and enjoy spending time with them and our 6 grandchildren usually involving food! I have worked for our church since 1997 and since 2002 have been the CAP centre manager, a role I love as it enables me to offer practical help and support to people in our community showing them that we and God care about them.
I am married to Karen and we have two boys who have both flown the nest.
I have the privilege of being on the eldership team at Gateway and am a Trustee with responsibility for Church Finances.
I am a Chartered Surveyor and work in Hull for a property investment and development company
In my spare time I like to keep fit and am particularly keen on cycling at the moment.
I am the father of Leah, Sarah and Jessica and husband of Rachael. I've been a teacher for far too long, but remain passionate about my favourite subjects: history and politics. Combined with my involvement in church, that probably amounts to three topics never to bring up at dinner parties. I enjoy reading and photography as well as the occasional data-related spreadsheet.
I’m married to the wonderful Nina, and we have 3 small & energetic children, Rachel, Hannah & Nathanael. Originally from Plymouth, I grew up in missions travelling the world.
I have a degree in theology & have a passion for teaching the Bible. I’m also a big sports fanatic & love movies (especially Star Wars).
At Gateway I lead a Lifegroup and I also oversee the church’s football team, Acomb Gateway FC, alongside serving on the committee for the league.
I gave my life to Jesus as a child and have had many adventures with him ever since, and can't imagine an existence without Him. I am passionate about mission, both abroad and locally, and also building the local church where I love being involved in a variety of ways. I have fun helping and teaching the youth, as well as caring for people under the umbrella of "Parish Nursing" and as part of the pastoral care team. I also oversee the Gateway Foodbank and am team leader of Oasis, Gateway's community for over 65s.
I am enjoying retirement after approx 45 years in NHS and loving the new opportunities for mission that God is giving me. I also love skiing, badminton, dabbling with my art class, and having coffee with friends.
Jeanne & I married in 1980 and have two grown up successful children. Family welfare is important to me and I consider family life to be at the core of happiness. I continue life’s journey to love God, Life and People, I am better at this some days than others.
We lead the Welcome Team striving to create a warm & friendly welcome when you visit Gateway Church.
During a difficult period in 1990, I needed answers, so started searching eventually finding what I’d been looking for at “One Voice” in October 1992. Getting to know God did not magically take away or prevent problems but gives me strength and hope through them.
I work in the community as a carer and at Gateway I’m part of the “Welcome” team. I’m happy to share my life experiences in order to encourage others.
I am married to Gary with a son and daughter.
I'm from Dorset but have lived in York for 9 years now and love it here.Our little boy Peter has a great Dorset-Yorkshire fusion accent going on! I'm married to Steve who you'll most likely hear drumming on a Sunday. I work part time as a Speech and Language Therapist at York Hospital.
At Gateway I help out as one of the Lifegroup leaders.I would say my favourite thing would be sitting in bed with tea, toast and a good book!
I am Jean and am married to Billy, and we lead a Lifegroup together. I am also involved in working with the younger children as part of the Making A Difference team, also referred to as MAD, and may be considered by some to be a "bit mad". I work full time as an Independent Financial Adviser.
We have lived in York for 7 years and came here when we moved back to live in the UK after living in the States. Our son and daughter in law had been part of Gateway when they lived on the RAF base at Linton and they love coming to visit us as they get a chance to catch up with friends here, as well as us.
I am married to Al and together we have two teenage children, Tom and Annie; we live in Acomb. I love my job as a primary school teacher in York, and in my spare time enjoy cooking, reading and running. Al and I lead a Lifegroup, and I lead the team of people who provide refreshments on Sunday mornings.
I am husband to Steph and dad to Tom and Annie, and work for an electronics company in Saltaire, near Bradford. Steph and I lead a Lifegroup together. As a charity, Gateway has a team of trustees of which I am the Chair. In my spare time I love reading and catching up on old Doctor Who episodes on telly.
I’m Mark and I'm a Trustee of Gateway Church (that’s the legal Charity Commission bit of things). I'm married to Georgina and we have 3 grown up children and 2 grandchildren, who think my camera is a part of me!
I work in York for Aviva, and spend a lot of my “spare” time running! But I’m built for comfort, not for speed. I’ve also got a practical streak, and have been known to do a bit of gardening and DIY.
I am blessed to be married to Nancy and we live in Clifton in half a house (also known as a bungalow). I am an independent music tutor in York, teaching children and adults through the week. I love the Bible and theology, and enjoy geeky discussions about topics with long Latin words. At Gateway you can find me directing the choir on Mondays and I fill various gaps for the worship team on Sunday mornings. Nancy and I also lead a Lifegroup.
I am married to the wonderful Joe. We live in Clifton and moved to York from Brighton two and a half years ago. I am a doctor currently training to be a GP. I love spending time with my family and friends and force myself to go to the gym. Joe and I lead a Lifegroup. I run the info point desk which is where you can find all the information about activities going on in the church. I also help with kids work and am really passionate about women’s ministries.
Married to Helen, with four children, youngest of whom is Bethany.
Eleven grandchildren, only three in York.
I am a trustee.
We’ve been members since the very beginning of the fellowship.
Interesting fact - the church met in our house during the second year of its existence back in the early 1980’s, until numbers exceeded thirty.
I am married to Peter and together we have three beautiful children, Rachel, Hannah and Nathanael. I am currently in the middle of training part time to become a GP and enjoy the mix of working and looking after my family. Within Gateway I lead a Lifegroup with my husband. I also lead Discoverers, which is the 0-2 years children's ministry on a Sunday morning.
You'll most likely find me behind the drums on a Sunday morning! I'm one of the Lifegroup leaders at Gateway. During the week I work in Leeds as an Environmental Consultant. My wife Hannah and I have lived in Acomb for about 6 years now. We have a little boy of 4 1/2 called Peter who is full of beans and keeps us busy, and we are expecting baby no. 2 in March.
I am married to Jamie and have two beautiful kids, Reuben and Lily. On a Sunday morning you will often find me chasing after them and helping in the Adventurers kids group.I also help with the coordination of Lifegroups, and along with Jamie also lead a Lifegroup of our own. I work part-time as an English as a foreign language teacher and look after my kids the rest of the time. I love meeting up with other mums and their little ones, cooking (and sharing it with others) and on the rare occasion when I have a bit of time to myself, reading a book or peruse recipes.
I am the husband of the wonderful Reni, and father to two brilliant kids: Reuben and Lily. I help with the coordination of Lifegroups, and along with Reni also lead a Lifegroup of our own. On Sunday mornings I'm often to be found helping the toddlers make a spectacular mess in the Discoverers group. I love sport and enjoy playing for a local cricket team. I work as an accountant, which is really interesting, no really. Wait, come back...
I love being a part of Gateway Church and I believe our children Jonathan and Gabriela are privileged to be growing up in this environment. I am married to Josue who I met when a missionary in Guatemala (he now also goes by the name Dominic as easier to pronounce). You will often see me playing the keys in the worship group which I love doing! I also run a Christian charity called Acts 435.
I've been part of Gateway my whole life, and absolutely love it! I’m married to Dan and we have 3 children who treat Gateway like their second home! I love all things creative, and am never happier than when out in the fresh air with my family and our dog. At Gateway I am involved in kids work, leading the worship team, preaching, and helping out in the office (when I’m not busy with the little people at home!)
I'm Rachael, mum of the Bulley clan. Married to Nathan, we have 3 gorgeous primary school aged girls. At Gateway I'm involved in preaching, and I love how sharing stories can encourage and challenge us. Outside of church you'll find me spending time with my family or watching American TV dramas.
I've been part of Gateway for nearly 10 years since I moved to York and married Bethany. We have 3 children and a dog, so for a break (!) I go to work as an accountant in Leeds. I am on the Gateway preaching team and lead the Worship Team. I love to watch and talk about any sport and am a lifelong Swindon Town football fan.
I am married to Wendy with two lovely teenage daughters. I am an RE teacher in a North Yorkshire secondary school.
I love music, photography, cooking, the Lake District and my family, but not necessarily in that order!
I’m Neville. I am blessed & honoured to be married to Karen. Together we lead a life group on a Wednesday evening. I also have the privilege of being on the prayer team and the welcome team, and occasionally I preach at Gateway.
I have a passion for evangelism and this has taken me off to Malawi on 10 occasions so far, where along with a team of people we work with local churches to reach out to people who do not yet know Jesus.
Family is very important to me and I have recently become a Grandad.
Hi my name is Sarah and I work part time at Gateway leading our wonderful kids team. I live with my husband Alistair and our two lovely children in Acomb. As a mum of 2 young children I spend most of my time at toddler groups or on the floor playing with toys! I love searching on Pinterest for new ideas and activities to do with the kids at home or at church, and especially love anything involving glitter, gloop or any other colourful mess!
Hi! My name is Louise, I'm involved in the prayer team and I help lead a women's life group with Bridget. I first came to Gateway when I moved to York, nearly 20 years ago, to do my teacher training. I now teach languages in a local secondary school. I love spending time with family and friends and definitely champion the coffee shop industry in York!
I am married to the wonderful Paul Betts and together we have two beautiful daughters. We live in Acomb. I lead worship at Gateway Church and play/sing in the worship band, serving alongside an awesome team of worshippers and musicians. My passion is music, and when I'm not at the Gateway Centre, I work as a freelance musician and teacher in the community, at home and in schools.
I am married to David, mum to Scott and Jonny and mother-in-law to Alex. I have lived in Acomb and have been part of Gateway for many years and LOVE this church! I work one day a week in the office, mainly with finances and stuff relating to the Centre. On Sundays I can sometimes be found serving refreshments or manning the Info desk. I also work part time in a local secondary school as a teaching assistant, and when I'm not doing any of the above I enjoy reading, films and a good natter over a cuppa.
I moved from Glasgow to York in 1980 and was involved in the prayer fellowship that became a church that is now known as Gateway. I have been married to Jill for over 34 years and have two grown-up children and three grandchildren. I work as a data analyst but my heart is for people rather than figures. Jill and I lead the prayer team and are responsible for marriage ministries in Gateway. We are also part of the Couples in Crisis team working with Family Matters York.
I'm married to the lovely Jean and have one son, Martin and two grandchildren, Matthew and Charlotte. I am a qualified British Cycling Level 3 coach so you’ll find me over at York Sports Village coaching kids cycling #cliftonfastkids. Jean and I lead one of Gateway’s Lifegroups and we are privileged to be involved with a great bunch of people in the group.
I’m married with two grown up daughters, 3 cats, and a tank of tropical fish. I’ve been a member of Gateway since 1990. You will often find me serving tea and coffee on a Sunday morning. I have the privilege of leading the new day time Lifegroup and being part of the team teaching the Sunday morning teenage group. I enjoy gardening and reading when I am not looking after my menagerie or working.
I am married to Tom and help lead prayer and marriage ministry in the Church. We have two children and three grandchildren.
I am a Health Improvement Specialist with City of York Council and have a private Counselling Practice. l volunteer with two Christian charities in the city, as a trainer and supervisor with Reflect Pregnancy choices and loss service, and as a trustee for Family Matters where Tom and l are also part of the couples in crisis team. I love supporting couples and individuals to work through issues to become happier and healthier, and also reading and relaxing with friends and playing with my gorgeous grandchildren.
I'm Simon, and at Gateway I'm involved in the music ministry and the occasional preach as well. As I'm a teacher by trade, I have a real passion for seeing the teachings of Jesus applied to our lives. You'll often see me at the front with my guitar, and I'm excited by the way God is moving through our worship of Him. When I'm not at Gateway, I'm usually cycling or hanging out with friends.
I'm from the beautiful city of Edinburgh, but moved to York to marry the wonderful Caleb. I am very grateful that that move brought me into the incredible Gateway Church family! Our eldest daughter, Emma, and young twins, Micah and Maisie, keep me pretty busy, but I also work part time for a wonderful charity called Acts 435 (www.acts435.org.uk), which serves to "crowdfund" the practical needs of people in poverty.
I'm married to Ellen we live with our 3 fast growing boys near the old Terry's chocolate factory. I work at Christians Against Poverty in Bradford, which was a dream job for me.. it was the main thing that prompted our family move up from London. I'm now the only southerner in a house of northerners! As a family we really enjoy people... our ideal is having a house full of diverse people relaxing, having fun, eating together and developing friendships.
I’ve been a Christian for 40 years, married to Tricia for 30 years and have lived in Acomb for 20 years! We have three children – Hannah (who’s married to Simon), Dave and Esther. Esther is the only one still at home with us these days! I run a start-up medical technology company in York which I combine with a couple of roles at the University of Leeds (and yes I am now a professor there!) I have served as a Trustee of Gateway Church for 14 years and was Chairman for 11.
I’ve been part of Gateway for more than 20 years, but spent 11 of those years working in Asia for a mission organisation. Now back in York, I’m delighted to be able to serve as administrator in the Gateway office. You’ll also sometimes find me manning the Info Point on Sundays. I enjoy spending time with people from other countries and I regularly help at the Monday night international cafe in the Spurriergate Centre here in York.
Tony and his wife Kay are friends of Gateway and are based at City Church Dundee
I have been attending Gateway for just over four years with my parents and live in Acomb, quite close to the centre.
My role is to look after the Gateway Centre in terms of maintaining the building and contents. Basically, if there’s a light out or something needs repairing, it’s me you would look for!
I’m also very privileged to serve in various roles in our vibrant Children’s and Youth work teams. In the last three years I have learnt to play guitar and this comes in handy for leading the 5-10s in worship now and again and for our regular Youth worship band.
I am also a keen gardener and love ‘golden age’ films from the 1930s-1960s especially Westerns.
I’m Karen, my lovely hub is Neville, together we are hub & wifi. Oh dear, his humour is rubbing off on me! We have 5 grown up children between us & at the moment 1 gorgeous granddaughter. We have lived in Acomb for 6 years. We are both on the welcome team and we lead a Lifegroup on a Wednesday evening. For me this means orchestrating a group of people & hearing what they have to say on living with God in their lives.
I work from home but am happy to be interrupted if anyone wants to call for a cuppa. I love the sunshine & I’m a fair-weather gardener. Watching the garden grow is my speciality!
I moved to York in 2008 when I married Sarah. We now have two brilliant children, Josiah and Eliana, to complement our often busy and crazy home! As part of the church I am passionate about seeing people meet with God in worship and am part of the amazing team here at Gateway who help that to happen. When I am not doing that, I work for a high end property company and enjoy a host of hobbies, from cycling to board games!
My name is Laura Crane, I am the Youth Team Leader here at Gateway Church. I am married to the amazing Pete Crane and we have a very gorgeous little boy called Joel. We moved to York from London in August 2016; in London I worked for a Christian organisation called Youth for Christ. One of the things I love most about the youth at Gateway is First Friday Food, where once a month we cook and eat a meal together, as it combines two of the things I enjoy the most - food and chatting!
I'm Margie, I'm married to Nick and we have three grown up children and one grandson. Nick and I joined Gateway in 2014 after moving to York from St Albans in search of adventure. We live in Naburn by the river (yes, we get flooded!) and are in the process of starting to run a B&B. In my spare time I volunteer at the food bank and also for the National Trust. Together Nick and I lead a life group which is wonderfully hosted by Ian and Bev Wright.
I'm Nick, married to Margie, and part of Gateway church since 2014 when we moved to York. We are both approved foster carers and enjoy monthly visits from a lively 10-year old girl. I spent most of my career as an accountant in the charity sector, with a stint at Joseph Rowntree here in York. I'm now working on developing a smallholding and wildlife site. If I could, I'd spend most days on the river just pottering about. We are privileged to lead a life group where we aim to learn together, hear from God and encourage and pray for each other.
I am originally from Guatemala in Central America. I moved to the UK in 2009 with my British wife Jenny and we have been happily settled in York ever since. I changed my name to Dominic to make it easier for people to pronounce. At Gateway you'll hear me called by either and that's fine! I love spending quality time with my children Jonathan and Gabriela.
Hi my name is Rob, I live in the city centre, but have been a part of Gateway for many years. I'm on the leadership team of the music ministry and head up the AV side of things. I love being part of the Gateway family. I find purpose serving on team and worshipping as part of the band. My main passion is music and I think we have a great set up at church. Outside of church I enjoy sports, music, and Game of Thrones!
I'm Mum to Emily, Mathilda, Verity, Noah and Adam.
I've been coming to Gateway for 12 years. I love Gateway!
I've been part of the Gateway Toddlers team for 10 years and I've recently taken over leading Acomb Babies.
Outside of Gateway I enjoy the gym, books, and time with family and friends.