vision statement

“We exist to love Jesus and love people by knowing Him and making Him known. God is growing us into a large, “all-sorts” family from across Leeds that impacts Woodhouse, the city and the world. Come and join the adventure!”

our values

There is much we value, but the five memorable phrases below help summarise some of the culture we seek to sustain at Gateway.


  1. We keep the main thing, the main thing. We are a community gathered around our love of Jesus Christ and His good news, so keep secondary issues in their place.
  2. We don’t do “have to’s” we do “get to’s”. We want grace to propel everything we do, with not a whiff of legalism.
  3. Word and Spirit together help us grow. We love enjoying God both through the Bible and His Holy Spirit.
  4. It’s okay to not be okay (it’s just not okay to set up home there). Vulnerability is valued, as we share our lives and support one another.
  5. We can do more together than apart. We love working together as a community and with others to see the Kingdom of God come.


meet the team

Chris Frost

Chris Frost


Chris’s job is to lead Gateway into wider Kingdom influence; he has worked for Gateway full time since 2008.

Chris is married to Jo they have two kids. They have a passion for intimacy with Jesus, eating out and family swims!

Read Chris’s blog here.

Sam Evans

Sam Evans


Sam’s job is to lead Gateway into deeper Kingdom faith and relationships with God and one another. He started working full time for Gateway in 2017.

Sam is married to Hannah and they have two daughters. They are passionate about seeing people grow in God’s word, seeing people set free and healed by God. They also love cooking and eating good food.

Read Sam’s blog on disability here and his theology blog here.

David Lloyd

David Lloyd


David Lloyd is an elder at Gateway, but he works as a GP in the local area.

David is married to Pippa; they have two children. They are particularly passionate about worship and discipleship as well as travelling and hanging out with friends.

David Cole

David Cole


David’s job is to love God and others through overseeing the day to day running of Gateway church life. He has worked for Gateway since 2015.

David is married to Heather and they have two kids. David spends his spare time wondering where it all went wrong for Liverpool Football Club. He also enjoys playing football and building Lego models – sometimes he lets the kids join in!

Lizzy Bird

Lizzy Bird

Finance Manager

Lizzy’s job is to steward our finances and employment compliantly and effectively. She has worked for Gateway since 2008.

Lizzy is married to Nick and they have two boys. She loves knitting, sewing, baking, musicals and most other girlie things.

Bethan Green

Administrative Worker

Bethan’s job is to maximize the safe use of St. Mark’s, organise events and release teams to do what they do best! She started working for Gateway in 2019.

Comms and Systems Worker

The comms and systems worker’s job is to make sure that the church communicates in an effective way and that the database is kept up to date and compliant with legislation.

John & Lesley Davy

John & Lesley Davy

Pastoral Associates

John & Lesley’s job is to oversee the cross-cultural work within the church. They have been volunteer staff with Gateway since 2017.

John and Lesley were founding member’s of Gateway in 2000. They worked in China from 2006 to 2016. John is passionate about Gateway’s vision for God’s kingdom coming through our daily work; Lesley enjoys getting alongside people to encourage them.

Joey Williams

Joey Williams

Part-time Youth Worker

Joey’s job is to help young people follow faith. He does this through our Sunday youth group and two weekly youth clubs. He started working at Gateway in 2017.

Joey is married to Alice. He is an Aston Villa supporter, enjoys eating out, going on holiday to new places and is always up for a laugh. If there is an office prank, Joey is usually at the bottom of it.


statement of faith

As an evangelical Church, we are a member of and subscribe to the doctrinal Basis of Faith of the Evangelical Alliance. We believe in:

The one true God who lives eternally in three persons – the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

The love, grace and sovereignty of God in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming and judging the world.

The divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which are the written Word of God—fully trustworthy for faith and conduct.

The dignity of all people, made male and female in God’s image to love, be holy and care for creation, yet corrupted by sin, which incurs divine wrath and judgement.

The incarnation of God’s eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ—born of the virgin Mary; truly divine and truly human, yet without sin.

The atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross: dying in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, so reconciling us with God.

The bodily resurrection of Christ, the first fruits of our resurrection; his ascension to the Father, and his reign and mediation as the only Saviour of the world.

The justification of sinners solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ.

The ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness.

The Church, the body of Christ both local and universal, the priesthood of all believers—given life by the Spirit and endowed with the Spirit’s gifts to worship God and proclaim the gospel, promoting justice and love.

The personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to fulfil the purposes of God, who will raise all people to judgement, bring eternal life to the redeemed and eternal condemnation to the lost, and establish a new heaven and new earth.