“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 the world. Come and join the adventure!”
meet the team
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!
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.
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’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’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’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.
Community & Communications Manager
Elizabeth’s job is to organise people, programs and publicity for maximum impact with an international focus. She has worked for Gateway since 2017.
Originally from the United States, Elizabeth enjoys amusing the staff by sharing about the differences between the US and the UK. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, baking, reading and hosting people in her home.
John & Lesley Davy
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.
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.
Gateway church’s story is a small part of a much bigger story; a story that goes back far beyond when each of us was born. It started with a series of promises that God made to a broken planet. Christ Jesus is the turning point of that story. He is the pivotal figure in the plot. Everything before Him points to Him and everything after Him points to His coming again.
We are now living in the crucial, last chapter of this incredible story, where through ordinary followers of Jesus, gathered in faithful church communities around the world, God is revealing himself.
Having led the formation of a new church in Bedford in the early 1990’s, Tony and Kay Smith were called by God, in partnership with New Frontiers churches, to launch a new church community in Leeds. Starting with a handful of people meeting in a home on Street Lane in September 2000, the name “Gateway” was soon adopted when it was prophesied at a Leeds church leaders’ prayer meeting.
Over the years, our Sunday morning meeting venue moved from a small warehouse to an agricultural centre, from City Varieties theatre to the Eleanor Lupton Centre and then from Abbey Grange school to Notre Dame College. We eventually moved into the renovated St Mark’s building in Woodhouse in March 2014.
During our journey we have had the privilege of playing a significant role in the formation of new church families in Doncaster (2004), Harrogate (2010), Bradford (2012), Liverpool (2013) and Halifax (2014).
Currently, the church eldership team is made up of Chris Frost, Sam Evans, David Lloyd and David Cole. Now gathering around 200 people at our Sunday meetings, we have a vision to continue to see the Lord Jesus made much of in Leeds, Yorkshire and the nations. We continue to work in partnership with ChristCentral Churches (christcentralchurches.org ) which is a part of the NewFrontiers family of churches (newfrontierstogether.org ) and we also enjoy strong relationships with other churches in Leeds.
Why not come along and join our story?
Please find below our values, which are based upon the 17 New Frontiers values set out by Terry Virgo (founder of New Frontiers) and his apostolic team.
- A gospel preaching church that is loving, righteous in its lifestyle, involved in world mission and reaching the unsaved in its community by both public and personal evangelistic activity.
- A church where regular teaching and preaching of the Bible holds a primary role and where Scripture’s authority is final.
- A church whose people are assured of the grace of God in their lives and are clear about the full New Covenant benefits of being in Christ.
- A church whose people are baptised (as believers) in water and in the Holy Spirit, and brought into a genuine life in the Spirit.
- A church where God’s presence is prized and where God is enthusiastically worshipped with genuine freedom for men and women to worship publicly in the Holy Spirit, to use spiritual gifts and to participate in ‘body ministry’.
- A grace-filled church which is a loving community, meeting both publicly and from house to house, sharing and caring for each other’s needs, both spiritual and material.
- A church where Biblical family life is highly valued, where godly parenting is taught and practised, and where the special value of singleness and its unique opportunities are affirmed.
- A church led by elders (one of whom is clearly understood to be gifted to be lead elder) who are ordained by the Holy Spirit, recognized and confirmed through apostolic ministry. These men are to be helped in fulfilling their calling through on-going fellowship with trans-local ministries.
- A church where elders are honoured as servant-leaders, caring for the flock and providing appropriate spiritual disciplines where necessary.
- A church freed from complacency and endeavouring to grow in gospel impact, faith, prayer, generosity, action and influence.
- A church whose individual members are equipped for their role of service within the church and community, including the release and training of those called to trans-local ministry.
- A church which is fully involved in our shared apostolic mission to extend the kingdom of God globally through the recovery of New Testament church life, making disciples, training leaders and planting churches by all means.
- A church which is serving and empowering the poor within its own ranks and beyond.
- A church which wholeheartedly embraces the New Testament teaching of the one new man, demonstrating love and respect between the races, cultures and sexes.
- A church which is proving to be both salt and light in its location, impacting the culture of the community.
- A church that is committed to excellent relationships with other Christians and churches in its community.
- A church desiring and welcoming encouragement and correction from trans-local ministries in the fulfilment of these objectives.
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.
NewFrontiers and Christ Central
Gateway Church is part of Newfrontiers. Historically, Newfrontiers has been described as an international family of churches working together, under the apostolic leadership of Terry Virgo. More recently, after Terry handed his role on to the next generation, Newfrontiers has become a group of families of churches, led by several apostolic leaders, all of whom have their own teams and spheres of ministry. There are currently over 900 churches around the world that work within a number of different Newfrontiers spheres.
Here at Gateway, we relate to the ChristCentral Churches sphere, which is led by Jeremy Simpkins. This team serves around 90 churches in the North of England, the Midlands, North Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Canada, Norway, Tanzania and Zambia.
The prophetic word to Newfrontiers to believe that we can do “more together than we can apart” still rings in our ears and encourages us to work with other spheres within the wider Newfrontiers family.
Newfrontiers churches, wherever they are, have a passionate commitment to build the church according to New Testament principles, and believe that the most effective form of evangelism is worked out from strong local churches; churches where each member participates, the gifts of the Spirit are outworked, where there is joy in caring for one another, a desire to make a difference in society and to reach those in need.
To find out more about ChristCentral Churches or Newfrontiers please follow the links below: