Pastor John Gilfillan


John had a dream to build a church that would be welcoming to people who are not connected to a local church.  He had longed to see a church filled with people who are being transformed by the power of the Gospel.   With the support from Northbridge Community Church (sending church), a church planting organization (Converge MidAmerica) and handful of committed, passionate and talented people, CityGate launched on September 18th, 2016.

A former employee of Stryker Instruments, John left the corporate world behind in the summer of 2016  to pursue a life of church planting.  CityGate Church was planted as a way to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus to a new audience of people.  

A native of Grand Rapids, John met his wife Cherie while she was in college.   Married four years later, John and Cherie packed up and moved to Portage and fell in love with the community.  They recently celebrated 12 years of marriage and they have been blessed with five children!   

Citygate kids

Good leaders make all the difference!  

Becky, Bekah and Michelle are committed to providing a safe, fun, and engaging atmosphere for the kids at CityGate.  Each with their specific set of skills, these women have created an environment where kids enjoy learning about the love of Jesus.  

The kid's service at CityGate will be the best hour of your child's week!


Quentin and Sarah make sure that the coffee keeps flowing and the doors get opened.  They also

praise team

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