History of Gateway Family Church
Rev. John C. Cooke was approached in the spring of 1957 to begin the first Pentecostal church in Leduc. The church began under the name of Leduc Calvary Pentecostal Tabernacle. They began in the Elks Hall and by September there were 15 people in attendance. In the Spring of 1959 the congregation bought a piece of land and began building their first building. Pastor Cooke was here until 1967 and laid the foundation of what would become a strong church in Leduc.
Pastor Doug Gates served form 1967-1970, Pastor Colin Wellard served from 1970-1972, and Pastor Ronald Ellis served from 1972-1979. In 1979 Pastor Dave Webster began to lead the church.
Because of the growth in the church and the community a new building was constructed and finished in 1981. The building cost over a million dollars at the time and was built in the shape of a cross. The building is thirty thousand square feet. This is the building we are still using today with new renovations. Pastor Webster left in 1982 and Pastor Peter Hubert began to lead the church. Under his leadership the church continued to grow and was renamed Leduc Family Worship Centre. The reason for the name change was to let people know that we cared more about people having a relationship with God than being part of a denomination. Leduc Family Worship Centre continued to be part of the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada and was proud to do so, but we did not want the name to deter people from coming to worship here.
A Christian school was established in 1982 in the church called Leduc Christian Academy and ran until 1998. Pastor Hubert resigned in 1989. From 1989 to 1992 Pastor Albertus Clarence gave leadership to the church, Pastor Michael Grant served form 1992-1996.
Pastor Steve Holomis began to lead the church in 1996 and brought some much needed stability to the ministry. He served till the fall of 2001 and God really helped him to get the finances in order and lay a foundation once again that could be built upon. The church had been though a lot of change and God used Steve to begin to bring things back together.
In May of 2002 Pastor Mark Williams became Senior Pastor. He came with a new vision and determination to look forward not backwards, and Leduc Family Worship Centre began to grow both spiritually and numerically. Pastor Mark served until May 2008.
On June 29, 2008, we voted in Landen Dorsch as our new Senior Pastor. At that time Landen was serving as the Executive Director of Eagles Nest Ranch (just outside of Medicine Hat) and finished his commitment through the summer of 2008. In September he started fulltime as our Senior Pastor, and has been leading our church with a vision to see us grow in our love for Jesus and for one another. His passion is to see people walk in the destiny that God has ordained for each person.
As of January 1, 2013 Leduc Family Worship Centre was renamed to Gateway Family Church. This is another new and exciting chapter in our history! We are a great church involved in leading people to reach their full potential in and through Jesus Christ. We have a great vision for the future and know God is going to do far more than we can ever dream or imagine. God deserves all the praise for everything good that has happened at Gateway Family Church and we are truly grateful for what He continues to do!