Our History

Gateway's History

September 1999 The Lord placed a desire in the heart of Pastor Robert Morris to start a Bible-based, evangelistic, Spirit-empowered church in Southlake, Texas, that would impact the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and beyond. He developed a working relationship with the pastors at Trinity Fellowship Church in Amarillo, Texas, asking them for wisdom and guidance.

February 2000 Pastor Robert began meeting with a group of 30 people in his living room to pray for direction for the ministry, worship the Lord, and study the Word. The following year, this group became the founding members of Gateway Church.

April 2000 Pastor Jimmy Evans and the elders of Trinity Fellowship Church in Amarillo, Texas, prayed for and released Pastor Robert and Gateway’s founding elders to start the new church. On Easter Sunday, April 23, Gateway held our first service at the Hilton Hotel in Grapevine for 180 people.

May 2000 Three weeks later we moved our meetings to Saturday nights at Christ Our King Church in Southlake.

July 2001 Gateway began meeting at A World of Learning, a 300-seat training facility and daycare center in Grapevine. While there, the church quickly grew to five services with over 2,000 people attending weekly.

May 2002 We broke ground on a 64,000 square-foot facility at 2121 East Southlake Boulevard, our original campus in Southlake. Services began before the new building was completed, and continued growth resulted in crowded services.

June 2003 We hosted the first services at the completed Southlake Campus building. Shortly after moving into the 600-seat auditorium, five weekend services were once again needed to accommodate growth.

November 2007 We opened our first extension campus on nine acres in North Richland Hills (NRH). The weekend services at the extension campuses mirror those in Southlake with live worship, personal ministry, and a live simulcast of the message from Southlake.

January 2009 Weekly average attendance reached 10,500.

July 2010 We added a second extension campus in Frisco to support the North Dallas area. Like NRH, the services mirror those at Southlake with a live simulcast message.

November 2010 We held the first weekend services at our current Southlake Campus off Highway 114. The new building has an Auditorium that seats 4,000; a wing devoted to our ever-growing children’s ministry; and classrooms set aside for ministry, prayer, healing, and equipping purposes.

July 2012 Gateway launched our monthly magazine, Gateway Life. Filled with pictures and stories that inspire and encourage readers to grow deeper in their relationship with God, it’s a one-stop source for behind-the-scenes information and inside scoop on the ministries, people, and events of the church.

August 2012 Responding to an unmet need for ministry in the North Fort Worth area, the third extension campus, Gateway North Fort Worth, began in a temporary space, the Fossil Ridge High School Auditorium.

August 2012 Under the leadership of Pastor Robert and Jack Hayford, The King’s University at Gateway opened and started having classes at a temporary facility in Southlake, which now houses Gateway’s technology offices.

September 2012 Gateway launched our first church plant in Scottsdale, Arizona. The goal has been to take what God is doing through Gateway Church to Scottsdale and the Phoenix metropolitan area under the vision and leadership of Senior Pastor Preston Morrison.

December 2012 More than 40,000 people attended the Christmas production, It’s a Life ... and It’s Wonderful. There were 545 salvations that weekend.

February 2013 Average weekly attendance across four campuses reached 17,000.

March 2013 Shady Grove Church in Grand Prairie, Texas, joined the Gateway family as our fourth extension site and became the Grand Prairie Campus. Each Gateway campus has its own distinct feel and community, and that tradition continues at the Grand Prairie Campus.

July 2013 Gateway North Fort Worth moved from its temporary space to a newly-completed campus building at Beach and Basswood.

August 2013 Average weekly attendance across five campuses reached 24,000.

August 2013 The King’s University began having classes at their permanent campus at 2121 E Southlake Blvd (our original Southlake Campus).

April 2014 Average weekly attendance reached 30,000.

December 2014 42,000 people attended Gateway’s Christmas musical, Truthical

April 2015 Gateway celebrated 15 years of ministry with 43 Easter services across five campuses with 52,000 people in attendance.

March 2016 Gateway expanded our reach by opening the Dallas Campus—our first campus in Dallas County. With many Dallas residents attending our overflowing Frisco Campus, it became clear we needed a campus in the North Dallas area.

October 2016 Gateway Network, our apostolic ministry that comes alongside other churches to mentor them and provide resources, launched at Gateway Conference.


Where Gateway Church is today and where we are going all began with a single step of faith that started a journey to see people saved, healed, set free, discipled, equipped, empowered, and serving. We are now one church with more than 39,000 active members meeting in multiple locations seeking the Lord’s direction for our future and watching God’s plans for us unfold as we plant and oversee multiple campuses throughout the Metroplex and across the United States.