Gateway Church History
Gateway Church was originally founded back in 2000 as Dartford Vineyard by Ron and Jo Warren and a group of people who moved over from St Peters church in Hextable. For many years, Gateway was part of the Vineyard network of churches. Ron was an architect by trade but had a big heart for God, a love for people and a strong desire to see everyone grow in relationship with God.
The church moved to Market Street (into what became the Gateway Compassion Centre) back in 2006 and grew in both size and impact in the local community.
Over the years, a wide range of compassion projects were setup, including the foodbank and Saturday breakfasts which still run today, as well as the cold weather shelter and a charity called New Avenues which oversaw a refuge house for people transitioning from homelessness to self-sufficiency.
In April 2016, Ron & Jo retired and handed the leadership of the church over to the current leaders, Russell & Marcia.
In November 2016, the church moved its Sunday meetings to the Dartford Science & Technology College.
In September 2018, the church moved away from the Vineyard network to become an independent church with a style and direction that is more suitable for its vision and demographic of people. Gateway still applauds and celebrates the success of the Vineyard movement, but now works more closely with a range of local churches in Dartford and the surrounding areas across different denominations.
Gateway continues to hold true to the values of both the Vineyard movement and modern Pentecostal and Charismatic churches, in terms of believing in a personal and passionate relationship with God, miracles and the supernatural, and loving people and the local community.