Dear Friends, Trying to find a church home can be so very difficult! So many of you have come here from another state, or have relocated from another part of this state, having left friends and family behind. It is important that you find somewhere to connect in your new area and where better than among brothers and sisters in Christ? We here at Gateway would like to extend an invitation to you to join us in one of our worship services and see if this is where God wants you to belong. I would like to be able to tell you that God wants you here, but I am sorry to say that I can’t. The Holy Spirit works in and through the body of Christ, and that body is not found on a web page. If you are looking for a home you will find it among people. I hope you will join us in worship and see if this is where God is leading you; if so, Praise the Lord.  If not, we will pray for His direction in your search. I hope to meet you soon. In His Love,

Who We Are

crossWelcome to Gateway Fellowship, SBC, one of the most exciting places on earth!  Founded in 1943, as First Baptist Church of Gilbert, Gateway Fellowship began with a handful of people and a goal to reach the small town of Gilbert with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  The first church building was located in downtown Gilbert. Since its beginning, Gateway Fellowship has seen periods of increase and periods of decline, as the town of Gilbert remained a quiet suburb of Phoenix.  Then in 1991, the church began to see God move in a unique way.  With just a few members remaining, Pastor Larry Deskins began his ministry as Senior Pastor.  Within months, the few had become many and the church needed to add a second Sunday morning worship service. New people, new ministry, and changed lives added up to overflowing facilities, and the search began for acreage on which to relocate the church. Finally, the current property was purchased, facilities were designed, and the members of Gateway Fellowship began to give and sacrifice of time and finances to build. Today the campus of Gateway Fellowship exists as a testimony to God’s provision.  Upon moving to the current location, First Baptist Church Gilbert adopted the trade name of Gateway Fellowship, SBC in order to help fulfill its original purpose.  While the location and name have changed, the message remains the same and increase continues. A new location, a new name, and an exciting and inviting place to experience God’s love, acceptance, and forgiveness…

To contact us: 480-892-4711 ; gateway@gatewayfellowship.org

Gateway Fellowship exists to…

  • EXALT God in everything we do
  • EQUIP believers to do the work of the church
  • EVANGELIZE the non-believer in our community and the world
  • EXPERIENCE & EXTEND the love, acceptance, and forgiveness found in Christ

What To Expect

  • Biblically-based preaching
  • Worship music that is a blend of the old and the new
  • A safe environment for your children
  • A casual and friendly atmosphere

What We Believe

Our church is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention.  Please click here for a summary of our basic beliefs.


We encourage members and friends of Gateway Fellowship to be faithful in managing the resources with which God has blessed you. If you would like to use the convenience of this website to donate to the general budget of Gateway Fellowship, please use the red button on the home page.