Welcome to Gateway Anabaptist Church
We are a church that builds people. We are not people trying to build a church. In these days which we live today, we see many quasi-church organizations which are in the business of building a giant “mega-church”. The church is supposed to be the “people” not a building. It is an organism not an organization bound by IRS code 501(c)(3). The church is not supposed to keep books for the tax collectors. The church is the Body of Christ and He is the head of it, and not the state. Yet, many churches are bound by the state and its corporate laws because the pastors have willingly joined their church to another head by becoming a corporation. By the grace of God and through the lessons learned by a few men of God, our local assembly is not joined to the state. We are an unregistered and unincorporated local church under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
Being Anabaptists,we are often asked what an Anabaptist is. “Ana” is a Latin prefix meaning “re” or “to do again”. This term was given to those Christians who re-baptized those who were converted, but had been baptized previously as an infant. These folks were called rebaptizers, or more precisely, Anabaptists. We are Anabaptists. We are not Baptists because there is no way to know what a Baptist is anymore. Most are corporations, and we are not. There are too many flavors of Baptists nowadays. There are Independent Baptists, Free-will, Southern, Primitive, American, Missionary, and Bible Baptists to name a few. In order for us to be distinguished from these groups, we decided to go back to the old fashioned name of Anabaptist.
Now in all fairness, we are aware that there are some other groups that claim an Anabaptist heritage such as the Amish and Mennonites. We are neither. Generally, they are simply known as Amish and Mennonites not as Anabaptists. As for the Anabaptists, one thing they had in common throughout all of history is the fact that they were never a state church like the Catholic and Protestant churches.
If you would like to know more about our doctrine or the history of the Anabaptists, we will be putting up articles on this website periodically. Please browse the site, and if we may be of any assistance to you in any matter, please contact us through the church contact listed on this site. We would love to answer your questions or pray for your needs.
May the Lord Jesus Christ of the scriptures be your Saviour.