About the Gate
Our church grew out of three former Bible works that initially started in 1917, officially becoming 'The Alliance Tabernacle" on Jan 1st, 1941. The church was located on Temperance St., with an attendance of 125. Sustained growth made possible property purchase in the expanding north end on Glengate St. and so "Glengate Alliance Church'' became a reality in 1968 with a new church building. Steady growth continued and over the years and attendance averaged around 400 in 2000. In 2004, the former St. Michael's High School (previously Lord Elgin School) was purchased at 6009 Valley Way. In 2010 a portion of the building was renovated to house 34 seniors’ apartments and in 2011 the residents moved into their new ‘homes’. The church name was changed to ''The Gate Alliance Church" in the Autumn of 2018.
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Pastor Mark and Glenda began ministering at The Gate Church in October 2018. He was, and still is, very intrigued by the unique ministry model of the church and how it is using its 100,000 square foot building as a ministry tool for God’s kingdom work in their community. Mark has pastored for over 33 years in a range of church contexts from rural to urban and from 20 to 2000 people in Sunday attendance. He is now in his eighth year working in The Church Renewal movement across Canada and the world. For the past three years he has been helping to equip other pastors by serving as a Church Renewal coach.
He is truly blessed with his best friend, ministry partner and wife Glenda. She has had a huge impact on the work of the Church by leading Life Groups and serving as The Gate's Prayer Coordinator. Glenda is being mentored in Church Renewal and coaching other pastors' wives. She does all of this while working full time as a school secretary. Mark and Glenda are always grateful when they can escape together to Cape Cod to be refreshed.
Mark finds the Bible book of Nehemiah to be very inspiring as it shares how Nehemiah rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem in 52 days. He sees many similarities between the challenges Nehemiah faced in his day with how pastors are called to lead the Church today.
When asked to name a few highlights from his ministry he answered - Spending one on one mentoring time with Bob Goff, the 6:30am prayer meetings at NCCTK.com, watching ushers having to pull out chairs week after week to accommodate all the people coming to church and anytime he can have sushi with his associate, Pastor David Gagné.
David & Isabelle Gagné
David & Isabelle have a desire and passion to see others come to the fullness of what Jesus referenced as the "abundant life" and with unspeakable joy. Together they have served in various ministries and teams over 25 years. As the Campus Couple, they are engaged in all aspects of what's happening at The Gate and desire to build relationships with Gate members, Gate tenants and renters as well as the surrounding community and city of Niagara Falls.
David & Isabelle also provide personal finance coaching helping others to get on a plan, get out of debt and plan and prepare for their future. They have been able to help hundreds of Canadians learn how to take control of their money by learning the basics of personal finance and biblical principles when it comes to money. (TheMoneyPlan.ca)
As Campus Director, David is involved in several aspects of the daily functions and weekend gatherings at The Gate. With over 30 years as a design professional, integrated with project management skills, he blends his skills and talents to serve in various ministries at The Gate. At The Gate, he is responsible for digital ministry, rental coordination, various administration duties and other ministry related tasks. Isabelle provides bookkeeping services to The Gate as well as small-to-medium sized businesses and not-for-profit agencies through her business, Gagne Solutions. Together they have three adult children.
In 2020, David retired from the Ontario Provincial Police Auxiliary after serving 10 years serving as the Administrative Staff Sergeant for West Region Ontario.
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After completing a BA in Biblical Studies and Theology at Tyndale University, she moved to Massachusetts to attend Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Morgan graduated in 2021 with a Master of Divinity.
Growing up at a Christian and Missionary Alliance church, she has sensed God’s call to ministry since she was a teenager. Morgan is passionate about music and worship arts, teaching and the Biblical languages. Her vision is to make disciples who love God, are Biblically literate and active in their faith. She is looking forward to working with our youth and young adults, recognizing the transformative nature of this season of life.
In her free time, Morgan can be found reading, cross-stitching and enjoying the outdoors doing a variety of seasonal activities.