After accepting the call of the Lord to pioneer a church here in Virginia Beach, we began to seek the Lord for a name that would reflect His heart for our church. At once, we were reminded of the history of the region and of the Lords mandate to us in establishing this work. Our name flows out of these two points, encompassing a four hundred year old covenant, and a specific call upon our local assembly.
During the early morning hours of Sunday April 26, 1607, three small ships carrying the first permanent settlers of what would become the United States approached the shores of Cape Henry (modern day Virginia Beach) at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. After landing, the Rev. Robert Hunt led those first settlers in a prayer of dedication, declaring “from these shores the gospel will go to the New World and to the entire world”.
It is our conviction that in His sovereignty, God chose the shores of Virginia Beach and the Hampton Roads region to be the birthing place of a new nation. A nation called by Him, and set apart for His purpose.
The declaration made that spring morning still remains a central element of the destiny of our City, to be a gateway to our nation and the nations of the world! We believe that God is raising up a people that will fulfill this prophetic assignment, and that Gateway City Church is a part of it. America’s first region, will once again be a place known for her covenant with the Lord, and the River of God’s presence will flow from this place touching the ends of the earth.
Further, it is our mission to raise up a people who themselves will become gateways for the Lord. They will be the very access points through which the King of Glory enters, transforming everything and everyone connected to them.
This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, Who seek Your face. Selah Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, The LORD mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah.Psalms 24:6-10 NKJV