Pastor Rich and Paula Fennelle dreamed of planting a multicultural church with a simple goal— to reach people in the community with the gospel. With twelve people and a vision, Word of Life Family Church was born on October 18, 1998.
For the first ten months, the church met in the Country Suites in Burlington, and then moved to New Directions International in Graham. In September 2000, the church leased 5,000 square feet of the Deloache Apparel warehouse on Longpine Road in Burlington. Four years later, in September 2004, when attendance was 220 people, the church purchased the building and 8.5 acres on Longpine Road and began renovating the 20,000-square foot facility.
As time passed and the church grew, Pastor Rich had a stirring within his heart. He had a renewed vision and purpose to connect people to God and help them find and follow Jesus Christ. It was then that he remembered a word of prophecy given about the church in its early years, “Is it any wonder that I have placed you at the gate of the city…” In October 2017, marking nineteen years, Word of Life Family Church became CityGate Church.
Today, more than 500 people attend CityGate Church. We invite you to see for yourself how exciting church can be when the focus is simple and people are free to seek God with passion.
Connecting People with God by helping them to find and follow Jesus.
CityGate Church serves Alamance and surrounding counties by providing relevant teaching in a diverse, real and family focused environment where lives are changed, people are healed and Christ resides at the center of all we do.
OUR CORE VALUES:
FIRST THINGS FIRST
The Word of God is our final authority. By it we know God’s will and we discover our gifts.
WALK THIS WAY
We live to walk in love towards others the same way God loves us. We know that faith pleases God and all things are possible for everyone who believes. So, we believe God for big things and take Him at His Word.
FOLLOW THE LEADER
We are determined to value the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives. God has given us His Holy Spirit to lead us into a full and satisfying life.
IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT ME
Our heartbeat is people. It’s not about our personal preferences, we understand it’s our call to reach the lost. Our lives are committed to telling others about the greatness of God’s love.
We believe the local church should look like heaven. We endeavor to embrace and empower people of all races, demographics, and backgrounds. We dare to change the community around us by reconciling culture.
WE HONOR FULL CIRCLE
We are a people that hold honor close to our hearts. We strive to live a life that honors those above us, beside us, and under us because of the incredible potential God has placed in all of us.
WE GIVE GOD OUR BEST
We go above and beyond. We understand that the spirit of excellence glorifies God so we give God our best and seek excellence in all that we do.
WE INVEST IN THE NEXT GENERATION
We invest in the next generation providing creative, fun, Bible-focused environments to our kids and students. They are a vital part of our church family. We want church to be a place they want to be, where they feel like they belong, and discover their purpose at an early age.
WE LIVE A LIFESTYLE OF WORSHIP
We understand the radical obedience that is required to be a genuine worshipper. Worship is not just something you do, it’s something that you are. We place priority on worship in our gatherings, serving, and in our daily lives.