Gate City is a church made up of people from different ages, races and stages of life. We do not all share the same education, economic status, or family lineage. What brings us together however is a shared commitment to Jesus. That shared relationship makes us more than a collection or group of people, or even a church but a church family. 
We are further united by a singular God-given vision and focus that we describe this way: the love of Christ compels us to share with others how to know and follow Jesus and to celebrate the difference He can make in the life of a person and a family. This vision shapes and limits what we do and impacts every ministry and how it is that we serve and worship God.
Our vision is intentional in using the word family. We believe that the Bible gives us a clear, though not detailed, picture of what a Christian family can and should look like. It is our desire as a church to help families achieve their God-given purpose and invest in them in ways that have a meaningful impact.
We recognize that Gate City is not the church where God may lead everyone in this area to, but it might be where He could lead you. Accept this is our personal invitation to join us! There’s no substitute for experience!

Michael Owens, Pastor

Michael began serving as Gate City’s pastor in October of 2010. He and his wife, Caroline, are natives of Charlotte, NC. He is a graduate of Gardner-Webb University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and Caroline have six children: Nathan, Andrew, Phillip, Catherine, Peter and John.

Jamie Burkett, Associate Pastor

Jamie began serving as Gate City’s Associate Pastor of Students, Discipleship & Reaching in September, 2019. He is a native of Flint, Michigan, served in the US Coast Guard and is a graduate of Liberty University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Kelly have three children: Micah, Zoe and Triniti.

Dan Loman, Director of Children’s Ministries

Dan doesn’t really know where he is from! He grew up in a family where his father was in the Navy and they moved frequently. He graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in journalism. He serves at Gate City part-time while working full-time for the News and Record. He and his wife, Cindy, have two adult sons: Morgan and Brodie. Dan has served on staff at Gate City since January, 2013.


Karen Peters, Choral Director

Karen is Gate City’s Choral Director and serves part-time. Her responsibilities include leading the Adult Choir and Praise Team and playing the piano. She is a Virginia native and holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in music. She has been serving at Gate City since 2005. She and her husband, Scott, have two sons, Caleb and Matthew.

Judy Mabe, Financial Assistant

Judy is a native of High Point and works part-time at Gate City managing the church’s finances. Before coming on staff at Gate City, she retired from banking. She has served on staff since September, 2008.

Nancy Pendergrass, Ministry Assistant

Nancy is a native of Galax, VA and has been serving at Gate City since 2008. She manages the church office full-time and assists the Pastor and the various ministry teams of the church. She has two sons: Deaven and Dravin.


What we believe:

The Bible
We believe that the Bible was written by men who were divinely inspired. We believe it to be infallible and inerrant in the original autographs. We maintain that it has God as its author, salvation as its end, truth for its matter and that it makes clear the standards by which God will judge us. We further believe that it is the objective standard of truth by which our personal and collective behavior, creeds and religious beliefs should be tried.
We believe that there is one true and living God. We believe Him to be the Creator, Sustainer and Ruler of the universe. We believe God is infinitely holy and infinitely powerful. He is revealed to us as one God in three distinct persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The persons of the Trinity each maintain personal attributes, but there is no difference in nature, essence or being.
The Fall of Man
We believe man to have been created by God in a state of sinless perfection. He was made as a volitional being, capable of expressing his own will. In response to the temptation of Satan, he chose to disobey God. Sin then came into the world, affecting not only Adam and Eve, but all successive generations and the created order itself.
The Way of Salvation
We believe that salvation occurs solely by a response to the completed work of Jesus. We maintain that salvation comes by an expression of faith in the death and resurrection of Christ and a commitment to then follow Jesus as Lord in conjunction with a repentance or turning from sin. Salvation is not achieved through any personal deeds or effort and only occurs at the invitation of the Spirit of God.
We believe that all true followers of Christ endure to the end. Those who trust Christ as Savior do not merely become His follower, they are brought into His family and are thus made children of God. We maintain that sin in the life of God’s children disrupts fellowship between them and their Heavenly Father, but it does not bring about their removal from His family.
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
We maintain two ordinances as a church, baptism and the Lord’s Supper. We believe that baptism by immersion in water is an act Christ commanded those who are His followers to obey. In no way does this act bring about salvation, rather it is an outward symbol of an inner condition; a means to publicly identify with Christ and communicate to others the difference Jesus has made in our lives. We maintain baptism to be a prerequisite for membership. We believe the Lord’s Supper to be a memorial act intended to remind believers of the sacrifice of Jesus. The elements themselves have no saving power.
The Resurrection
The Bible teaches that Jesus experienced a literal bodily resurrection from the dead. After His resurrection He appeared to the disciples and many others before His ascension to heaven. He now exists in His resurrected body at the right hand of God the Father. We believe that there will be a resurrection one day of all those who are saved and those who are lost and that those found to be in Christ will have a body that conforms to that of Jesus’.
The Return of the Lord
The New Testament makes plain that Jesus will personally and visibly return to the Earth. The timing of that return is known to no one, and it is the duty of all believers to live in a state of readiness for His return. This means that we are to seize every opportunity to share with others the hope that can only be found in Jesus.
Religious Liberty
We believe that the government should not seek to establish a mandated religion and should provide the Church with the protection and freedom to pursue its God-given mandates. We believe civil government to be ordained by God and that it is the duty of Christians to obey all laws not contrary to the Word of God. The Church should not resort to civil powers or government entities to carry out its mission. We believe that the state has no right to impose penalties for the expression of religious convictions.
Social Service
We believe that living as followers of Jesus will prompt us to avoid greed and selfishness. In its place we are to possess not simply a compassion for those who are in need, but actively and intentionally seek within our means to meet the need. Just as Jesus met physical needs in order to then meet spiritual needs, we believe it to be our personal and collective responsibility to meet the physical and spiritual needs of others.
We believe that as a local body of Christ, we are autonomous and with God’s help self-sustaining. Though we believe that to be true, we further believe that we are part of a universal body of Christ, the universal church and are therefore not islands unto ourselves. As such, there are associations and conventions of churches that our local body may seek to voluntarily align. Such organizations will have no authority over our local fellowship, but help us through cooperation to advance the goals of Christ’s kingdom.
Evangelism and Missions
It is the duty of every Christian to share the truth of the Gospel with others. Though salvation is deeply personal it is not private and it is the expressed will of God that all who follow Him share Him with others so that the Gospel might spread throughout the world.
We believe God to be the source of all blessings, material and spiritual. We further believe that God has called His followers to support the work and ministry of the local church. This involves giving of our time, effort and the money He has entrusted to our care. God delights in the giving of His people when done willingly and cheerfully.
Sexual Morality and Marriage
God created humans in His image as either male or female. Part of the plan of God was that a man and a woman would be able to experience sexual intimacy within the confines of marriage. Sexual activity outside the commitment of marriage is forbidden by God and viewed by Him as sin. This includes fornication, adultery, and homosexuality. Marriage is an institution created by God and is to be experienced only between a man and a woman, and His expectation is that this be a life-long commitment. God’s plan is for the marriage and the family which naturally comes from it to be both the building block of society and of the church.
As a church body, we subscribe to the doctrinal statement of the Southern Baptist Convention, “The Baptist Faith and Message.” a document you can read by clicking here.