Who We Are

Gateway Church Dubai origins

Gateway started in 2005 with 50 enthusiastic people who had been aligned with Newfrontiers values (a movement founded by Terry Virgo) and who wanted to see a dynamic, outward looking, mission focused church that truly represented all the nations living in the UAE . We believed that the church would become a resource to the nations and hence began to gather a diverse multicultural group of people from many nations.

The name Gateway comes out of Gen. 28 where Jacob encounters God and declares surely this is the Gate of Heaven. It was our heart that Gateway would be a place where people encounter His presence. In 2010, our founding Pastors, Clive & Heather Cernik moved back to the U.K. and Steve & Heather Oliver came to lead the church for the next season. During this period we saw the church double in numbers as well as multiply into two congregations. Gateway and City Hill are part of an Apostolic Network of churches called Regions Beyond, a church planting movement that started while Steve was leading Gateway and which now consists of more than 100 churches that work together across five continents.

In 2015 whilst the work in the nations was increasing Steve handed over the leadership of Gateway to Pete and Liz Vaughan and in 2016 Steve and Heather moved to the UK to continue the work with Region’s Beyond. As a church we exist to reach the regions beyond and are very much committed to seeing Gateway Church be all God has called her to be which includes being a light and resource in the UAE.

We believe very much in a church that radiates the love of Jesus and which is intentional about God’s presence, God’s people and God’s purposes, often summarised with our founding slogan: Gather, Grow, Go.
We gather to God’s presence, God’s people grow into all their calling and we Go to every place He send us sharing the good news of the Gospel. Currently we have sent people to India, Ethiopia, Pakistan, Philippines and Malaysia.
Come and join us and we will do you good.