Gateway History

It all began with a single step of faith.

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Gateway Church began with a single step of faith that started a journey to see people saved, healed, set free, discipled, equipped, empowered, and serving. We’re now one church with more than 71,000 active attendees across multiple campuses. Let’s take a look at the last 20 years of abundant blessing, favor, and victory.

  • 1999

    September: 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.

  • 2000

    February: Pastor Robert and Debbie Morris began meeting with a group of 30 people in their living room to pray for direction for the ministry, worship the Lord, and study the Word. This group of 30 went on to become the founding members of Gateway Church.

    April: On April 9, Pastor Jimmy Evans and the elders of Trinity Fellowship Church in Amarillo, Texas, prayed for and released Pastor Robert to start Gateway.

    April: On April 23 (Easter Sunday), we held our first service at the Hilton Hotel in Grapevine for 180 people!

    May: Three weeks after our first service, we began meeting on Saturday nights at Christ Our King Church in Southlake.

  • 2001

    July: Gateway started holding services at A World of Learning, a 300-seat training facility and daycare center in Grapevine. While there, the church quickly grew to five weekend services with more than 2,000 people attending weekly.

  • 2002

    May: We broke ground on a 64,000 square-foot facility at 2121 East Southlake Boulevard, our original campus in Southlake and now the home of The King’s University.

  • 2003

    June: With the first half of the building completed, we held our first services at the Southlake Campus. Soon after moving into the 600-seat auditorium, five weekend services were once again needed to accommodate growth. We completed construction on the rest of the building to increase the seating to 1,700.

  • 2007

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

    November: The Blessed Life TV show (now Pastor Robert Morris Ministries) debuted on Daystar Television Network featuring Gateway Worship and a message from Pastor Robert.

  • 2008

    October: We broke ground on our current Southlake Campus at 700 Blessed Way, which features a 4,000-seat auditorium and a fun and exciting children’s wing.

  • 2010

    July: We added a second extension campus in Frisco to support the North Dallas area. Like NRH, these services mirror those at the Southlake Campus with live worship, personal ministry, and a simulcast of the message from Southlake.

    November: We held the first weekend services at our current Southlake Campus.

  • 2012

    August: Responding to an unmet need for ministry in the North Fort Worth area, our third extension campus, the North Fort Worth Campus, began holding services in a temporary space, the Fossil Ridge High School auditorium.

    August: Under the leadership of Pastor Robert and Dr. Jack Hayford, The King’s University at Gateway opened and began having classes at a temporary facility in Southlake.

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

  • 2013

    March: 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 serves its own distinct community, and that tradition continues at the Grand Prairie Campus.

    July: Our North Fort Worth Campus moved from its temporary space to a newly completed campus building at the corner of Beach and Basswood.

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

  • 2014

    January: The campus operations and headquarters for The King’s University moved from Van Nuys, California, to Southlake, Texas.

  • 2015

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

  • 2016

    March: Gateway expanded our reach by opening our 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: Gateway launched its apostolic ministry, Gateway Network, to come alongside other churches to mentor them and provide valuable, life-giving ministry resources.

  • 2018

    November: We opened our first Gateway campus inside a prison at the Coffield Unit in Anderson County, Texas, with more than 300 inmates at our first service.

  • 2019

    January: Gateway launched Table Church, a new church plant in Lakeway, Texas, and the surrounding Austin area. Table Church is under the vision and leadership of Senior Pastor Josh Morris.

    April: We launched our first extension campus outside of Texas in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Like our other extension campuses, these services mirror those at the Southlake Campus with live worship, personal ministry, and a simulcast of the message from Southlake.

  • 2020

    January: Gateway will launch a new church plant in Houston, Texas, with the goal of taking what God has been doing through Gateway in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex to Houston and the surrounding Katy/Sugar Land area. Gateway Church Houston is under the vision and leadership of Senior Pastor Ethan Fisher.

In looking at all God has accomplished through us so far, it’s amazing to see how God is going to use us to reach even more people. We have been actively seeking the Lord’s direction, and Now Is the Time to see God’s plans for us unfold in this next phase of expansion and growth.