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!