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.
Lead Pastor @
Pastor Mark came to The Gate in October 2018. He was intrigued by the unique ministry model of how the church is using its 100,000 square foot building as a ministry tool in the community. Mark has pastored for over 30 years in a range of church contexts from rural churches to urban churches from 20 to 2000 in Sunday attendance. He has a best friend in his wife Glenda who shares his passion for God’s kingdom work. As much as possible they 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 as well. Together they have three daughters all who live in the southern Ontario area. Mark finds the book of Nehemiah to be very inspiring where 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. Mark is excited to be in Niagara Falls and part of the adventure here at The Gate.
David & Isabelle Gagné
David - Campus Director / Rental Co-ordinator @
Isabelle - Bookkeeper @
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 debt free, get on a plan and prepare for their future.
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. David also serves as the Ontario Provincial Police Auxiliary Administrative Staff Sergeant for West Region Ontario. 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.
Ministry Assistant @
Gerry enjoys motivating people and that is reflected in the various ministries that he serves overseeing the Seniors Ministry and Coffee Ministry.
We thrive as a church to worship God as a family, to encourage and serve one another and to reach our community.
Founded in the 1880s, The Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) is committed to Jesus and his mission. We are a group of approximately 440 local churches in Canada, and we send people to live on mission locally and globally. We aim to be a Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered, Mission-focused movement in everything that we do.
The fourfold gospel describes the historic emphasis of the C&MA on the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus is our Saviour, our Sanctifier, our Healer, and our Coming King. These aspects of the ministry of Jesus is what defined the C&MA more than 100 years ago and continues to lay out the foundation of our work today.
Our Saviour — The cross typifies Jesus Christ our Saviour. He died on a cross for our sins, and only through him can we be made right with God. (John 3:16)
Our Sanctifier — The laver illustrates Christ as our Sanctifier. The laver, a large basin used in God’s temple for washing, represents cleansing from sin by the power of the Holy Spirit. (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24)
Our Healer — The pitcher symbolizes Christ our Healer. It speaks of oil for divine life and physical healing. (Isaiah 53:4-5)
Our Coming King — The crown stands for Christ our Coming King. He will come back to this earth and reign forever. (Acts 1:11)