First and foremost, our team at Gateway Church Downtown is the members. These are followers of Jesus Christ who have covenanted to serve this local representation of Christ's Body through loving God, living in community, and serving the city. Under Jesus Christ, the congregation of members has the final authority in the local church.
To learn more about membership, visit our membership page.
Elders serve by leading (and lead by serving) with particular emphasis on caring for the spiritual care of the congregation. An "elder" in the Bible is better known today as a "pastor."
Bryan was raised in Cleveland's eastern suburbs but is passionate about God's redemptive work in cities, which eventually led him downtown. He graduated from The King's College in New York, NY and serves in a lay capacity at Gateway. Bryan is passionate about the Cleveland Indians, C. S. Lewis, romantic comedies, and smoothies.
Chris is Lead Pastor at Gateway Church Downtown. He came to Gateway in 2015 after nearly a decade in pastoral ministry in Cleveland, Ohio. As Lead Pastor, he takes particular responsibility for the preaching ministry and vision-casting of Gateway. Chris graduated from Taylor University and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Along with enjoying his wife, Sarah, and four boys, Chris is an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs, loves music, and enjoys biking along the Ohio & Erie Canalway towpath.
"Deacon" is a biblical term for those who have special responsibility for serving the church body. Our deacons typically provide organization and basic oversight to ministries that help our congregation carry out its mission.