what we believe

Gateway Chapel is a non-denominational Christian Church in Sumner, WA. It was started in the Fall of 2010 by a group of friends who saw a need for a gospel centered church that would function more like a family than a franchise, and commit itself to the mission of Jesus. The name Gateway was born from a connection with John 10:9 where Jesus says "I am the gate, whoever enters through me will be saved."

Vision, Mission, & Rhythms

Gateway's Vision is to be the Faithful Presence and Witness of Jesus in the White River Valley and the world beyond

We do this by focusing on our Mission: To plant churches and make disciples who hear, love, and obey Jesus

Our Rhythms of life as a church body are:

To Gather for Worship

To Scatter for Mission

To Love Like Family

To Serve Like Jesus

What we believe

When people ask what we believe, sometimes they are really trying to figure out what we are like. Gateway Chapel is a non-denominational church, full of people with a variety of backgrounds and beliefs. There are some core beliefs that are critically important to us. We take them seriously. We also recognize there are many different views on life and faith and we will never agree on everything. So we seek truth from God through the Bible, and we make sure we don't fight about the things we disagree on. 

Here are our core beliefs.

The Bible

The Bible is the inspired, true Word of God for the Christian faith and living.

The Godhead

We believe in one triune God, eternally existing in three persons — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — coeternal in being, coeternal in nature, coequal in power and glory, and having the same attributes and perfections.

God the Father

One in essence with the Son and Spirit. He is an infinite, personal spirit, perfect in all his attributes. He is the creator, sustainer, and sovereign ruler of all things through his Son, Jesus Christ.

God the Son

Our Lord Jesus Christ, God-the-Son, was born of a virgin, led a sinless life, performed many miracles, died in our place to pay the price for our sins, rose from the dead, ascended into heaven to the right hand of the Father and will return in power and glory.

God the Holy Spirit

The present ministry of the Holy Spirit is to convict the world of sin, to convince the world of righteousness and of judgment, and to sanctify every Christian to enable them to live a godly life.


That all people are lost sinners and all who turn to Christ in saving faith are born again of the Holy Spirit. They are justified in the sight of God by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.


The resurrection of both those who believe in Jesus and those who do not believe: those believing to eternal life with Christ and those unbelieving to eternal punishment in hell.

The Church

All who believe in Jesus become members of His body, the Church. Jesus is the head of the Church and under His authority, the local church is led by elders who are biblically qualified men.

The Family

That in God’s design for humanity, He established the family through the union of one man and one woman in a marriage covenant for life.