Gateway OPC’s ministry is rooted in our commitment to the Bible as God’s infallible and life-changing Word. Our beliefs and teaching are within the stream of the historic Christian faith as summarized in the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms. We strive to be a Christ-centered, bible-based church where the Word of God is faithfully preached, sincerely believed, and practically applied to our daily lives. We believe that the Bible alone gives us the correct knowledge of who God is and how we may please him. It teaches that God the Father gave his Son, Jesus Christ, to death on the cross in order to pay the penalty for the sins of his people. We want to share with you the joy that comes from a personal relationship with God, through Jesus Christ.
For more details on what we teach see the What We Believe page.
Gateway OPC is a mission work in the St. Louis area that began in 2010 under the leadership of the Rev. Todd Wagenmaker. It started with a small number of families who had a vision to plant a new, reformed and vital church in Saint Louis County. In June 2015, the Rev. Paul Mourreale was called to continue the work of planting this reformed church.
“Gateway.” In John 10:9, Jesus said, “I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved.” It is only through the Lord Jesus Christ that you can have eternal life. We want you to know God and have life in Christ.
“Orthodox” Everyone knows that an orthodontist is concerned about straight teeth. The “ortho” in orthodontist comes from the Greek word for “straight.” The “dox” in orthodox comes from the Greek word for “thinking.” The word orthodox means “straight thinking”. So, in an Orthodox Presbyterian church you will find straight teaching following the long-accepted pattern given in the Bible. We are a church that believes what the Bible says, and we try to put it into practice. Therefore, our desire is to clearly and rightly teach the Word of God and point people to salvation found in the Lord Jesus Christ.
“Presbyterian” The word presbyterian comes from the New Testament Greek word presbyteros, meaning “elder.” The Orthodox Presbyterian Church has followed this biblical pattern for church government. Local church elders, along with the pastor, form a “session” to care for the spiritual welfare of our members. Matters of common concern for churches in a given region, such as establishing new congregations and ordaining ministers, are regulated by a body of ministers and elders called a “presbytery.” Annually, representatives of our seventeen presbyteries form a “general assembly” to give the whole Church direction and advice.
The Orthodox Presbyterian Church is a group of committed, enthusiastic, Reformed Christians. If you attend an OPC church, you will meet people who love God, who are passionate about the recovery of the Gospel in the Protestant Reformation, and Biblical Christianity. Gateway OPC is proud to be part of a Bible-teaching denomination that has been planting churches and preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ since its inception in 1936.
Membership at Gateway is a visible expression of our commitment to Jesus Christ and desire to be related to one another in the local fellowship. The membership process begins by contacting the pastor or an elder about your interest in joining. You will then attend a new member’s class or Inquirers Class. The Inquirers Class gives an overview of Gateway, what we believe, and what it means to be a member of the church. Attending the Inquirers Class does not obligate you to membership, but is a way for you to inquire into what Gateway is all about.