Enjoy • Encourage • Engage

We enjoy God
in worship, prayer, and in our daily lives
We encourage one another
in loving community
no matter where we have been
or who we are. 
We engage in the world
as servants in God’s kingdom. 
We partner with Jesus to love people.
Our Location
Gateway Church
13300 NE San Rafael St
Portland, OR 97230
(503) 252-1435
8:30 AM – Traditional
9:40 AM – Life Groups
11:00 AM – Contemporary

Our Leadership
Thomas Schiave  – Lead Pastor
Tom and Kathy have ministered in a variety of churches over the last 39 years. When not spending time with their daughter Dawn and her husband Josh, Tom and Kathy can be found hiking in the Gorge, watching the waves at the Oregon Coast or taking in a movie at one of the area theaters. Tom’s heart desire is that everyone, compelled by God’s love, becomes a follower of Jesus who enjoys a growing relationship with Him, encourages others on their journey and engages in ministry inside and outside the church
Chris Schmid  – Director of Worship Arts
Christian is a home-grown Californian who moved up to Portland with his wife Alyssa to pursue worship ministry. He has a passion for developing constructive and engaging ways to praise God on Sunday mornings. Outside of corporate worship at Gateway, Christian spends his time in school work, with friends, programming, and hanging out with his wife (his personal favorite). Christian has a double bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies/Theology and Music Ministry. Currently, he is attending Multnomah Biblical Seminary for his Master’s in Christian Leadership.
Crystal Eddy  – Office Administrator
Crystal has served at Gateway Church for 8 years as the office administrator.  She has 28 years of service in various ministries.  She enjoys her “Bunco” group, gardening, and spending her time reading literary masterpieces such as “The Grouchy Lady Bug”, “Slugs”, & “All Things” by Henri Nouwen. She has a 16 year old son whom she enjoys most of all, on most days. 
Brian Newcombe  – Associate Pastor
Brian is married to Kathy and is father to three grown daughters. He has seen nearly three decades of ministry at Gateway. One might think he likes it here! His passion is to provide growth settings for children and adults and encourage members in finding meaningful areas of service. Family and hiking are his other two loves.
LuAnn Meisenhelder  – Director of Children’s Ministry
LuAnn and her husband John have been married for 31 years. They have 3 fabulous adult children. LuAnn was trained and worked as an RN for over 15 years. She has been our “Kids Zone” director for over 10 years as well as a Bible Study Fellowship International children’s leader for over 20 years.  She also leads our Good News Club at a local elementary. LuAnn enjoys gardening and raising animals, and has been a small animal 4H leader for 14 years. She is passionate for the knowledge and grace of God and loves to teach it to children. 
Our Beliefs

Since its beginning, Gateway Church has been guided by its belief in the authority of Scripture, the deity of Jesus, the loving mercy of the Creator God, and the place of the church in His plan for the nations. Gateway Church has not wavered in its understanding of the sinful nature of humankind and the need for all people to put their trust in Jesus’ loving sacrifice on the cross, live like Jesus lived and do what Jesus did.

We know…

…the Spirit is alive and at work in the world, and apart from Him, we would never discover the love of God.
…by the purpose of God, history is moving toward the return of Christ, the King of the nations.

…time is short, and nothing is more important than the work we have been given by Christ.

A Summary of What We Believe

  1. We acknowledge the Creator-God as our Heavenly Father, infinitely perfect and intimately acquainted with all our ways.
  2. We proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, God in the flesh, the object of our worship and the subject of our praise.
  3. We recognize the Holy Spirit as the third member of the Trinity, incessantly at work convicting, comforting, guiding and gifting.
  4. We affirm our confidence in God’s inspired, authoritative Word. We treasure the truths of the Bible and respect its corrections in our lives.
  5. We confess Adam’s fall into sin left humanity without hope of heaven apart from a spiritual rebirth made possible by the Savior’s death and bodily resurrection.
  6. We believe the offer of salvation is God’s gift to all. Those who accept it by faith alone in Christ, not from good works, become new persons, secure in Him forever.
  7. We anticipate our Lord’s promised return and His kingly rule upon the earth.
  8. We are convinced that all who have died will stand before the Lord and give an account for their lives. Believers will enjoy everlasting communion with God, and unbelievers will suffer everlasting separation from God.
  9. We know the Lord is continuing to enlarge His family, the global church (the body of Christ) over which He rules as Head.
  10. We are grateful to be a part of a church which exists to live in authentic community with one another, to make a difference in our city, to present the story of the gospel through baptism and the Lord’s Supper and to bring people into a vibrant relationship with Jesus.
  11. We believe in the biblical definition of marriage between one man and one woman and in the sanctity of life in every phase of a person’s journey on earth.
If you have any further questions regarding our beliefs or policies or would like to see our doctrinal statement, please contact the church office at (503) 252-1435