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 are loving it at The Gate Alliance Church. They began to minister at The Gate 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 in and for the community. Mark has pastored for over 30 years in a range of church contexts from rural to urban, serving with churches ranging from 20 to 2000 in Sunday attendance. He has been involved in The Church Renewal movement across Canada for over six years and has been serving as a Church Renewal coach for the past two years. He has a best friend in his wife Glenda who shares his passion for God's kingdom work. She is the The Gate's Prayer Coordinator and also coaches pastors' wives in Church Renewal.
As much as possible both Mark and Glenda try to escape together to Cape Cod to be refreshed. They have used this time in the past to plan out sermon series and Life Group Materials. Together they have three daughters all who live in the southern Ontario area. Mark finds the Bible book of Nehemiah to be very inspiring where it shares how Nehemiah rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem in 52 days. He sees a long list of similarities between the challenges Nehemiah faced in rebuilding the wall and with pastors who have a vision to help build the Church today.
When asked to name a couple of highlights in his ministry he answered, "Being mentored one on one by Bob Goff," and "Having Sushi with his associate David Gagne every week."
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 become 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 weekly video production for Church Online services. 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.
This summer, Morgan will be joining us on staff at The Gate. 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.
While Morgan is sad to leave the North Shore, she is excited to return home to Ontario and join our community. 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 outdoors doing a variety of seasonal activities. Please pray for her as she prepares to transition back to Canada and enter into full-time ministry.