Meet Our Pastor
Thanks for taking the time to visit our site. It has been my privilege to serve as the Pastor here since 2010. Our church is pretty unique - founded in 1879, we've been around for quite a while. At the same time, we are relatively new to the Calvary Chapel movement, having been affiliated with them for just under two years now.
We do our best to keep things simple around here. We emphasize grace a lot; grace that is obtained through simple faith in the work of Christ on the cross. Receiving that grace opens a person up to a whole new dimension of living - love for God, fellowship with Christ and His followers, and a growing sense of purpose and destiny for their own life.
More than anything, it is that unfolding sense of destiny in people's lives that motivates me to be a pastor. To help them develop their gifts; to understand and respond to the calling that God has placed upon their lives. It is my firm conviction that every believer has a ministry. It has also been my observation through many years of pastoral work that such ministries are best cultivated in the context of an ongoing commitment to a specific community of faith.
It is only natural that as people grow in their faith and in their walk with the Lord, they will grow in their particular expression of ministry. As Jesus said to His desciples - "Herein is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit." For our part, Gateway is committed to do whatever we can to help facilitate that type of vibrant, fruit-bearing growth in people's lives.
What can you expect when you come to worship with us? Well, I'll tell you what we shoot for. It is my belief that when a person comes to church, they should be able to anticipate - on some level - a genuine encounter with Christ. Lives are changed when that happens. And in a world where so many people are desperate for a change, I am determined to do whatever it takes to get the word out: Jesus can turn things around.
I look forward to seeing you soon. We'll do our best to make you feel welcome. Jesus has already done His best to make you feel loved. Come on by, and see for yourself.
~ Pastor Doug Hileman
Meet Our Associate Pastor
Growing up in a Jewish home in New York, I never thought I would have received Christ and graduate Bible College. After graduating with a master's degree in Human Behavior, I felt the strong desire to work with people and have the opportunity to bring the message of Truth to them. My gifting is in the area of organization and administration. After several years of serving as an elder here at Gateway, I received my ordination and became associate pastor. With my primary ministry (and means of household support) as the founder and editor of The Ambassador Newspaper for the past 15 years, I am very much involved in the Christian community and hope to see Gateway be a vital part of what God is doing in the Yuba-Sutter area. Although much of my work and ministry at Gateway is behind the scenes, I hope to add efficiency and organization in what we do for the Glory of God! I've been married to my wife, Angie for nearly 30 years and have two adult children and three grandchildren.~ Pastor Seth Halpern