Gateway Church of the Nazarene
began in 1989 in Temecula, as a church plant under the leadership of Rev. Kenn & Marsha Coil.
We were initially called Rancho California Neighborhood Church of the Nazarene. The next name transition was Temecula Valley Neighborhood Church of the Nazarene, and then Gateway Church of the Nazarene when we met on Jefferson, at Adobe Plaza.
Gateway's congregation pitched in to build our current building, and we moved to the Murrieta campus in May 2001. Pastor Coil continued on as Senior Pastor for another 7 years and retired from pastoral ministry in 2008 to focus on helping launch Lazarian World Homes.
In 2009, Pastor Bill Grigory and his wife, Theresa, were called from Oregon to serve as Lead Pastor & wife.
They came, believing it was God's plan for them to serve the Inland Valley of Southern California in Murrieta. Gateway celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2014!
After seven years of ministry, in 2016 the Grigorys accepted an Assistant to the Field Strategy Coordinator position with South Asia Church of the Nazarene.
Pastor Kevin McDonald and his family served Gateway from January of 2017 to August 2018 and under his leadership Gateway continued to thrive.
In addition to our Sunday morning services, Gateway now offers 5Twenty, a Saturday evening service that provides an additional opportunity for weekly worship. Pastor Kevin's passion for reaching the lost for Christ through church growth, church planting, and by empowering each of us to personally share our faith each day. In keeping with this passion, Gateway is helping to re-establish the 29 Palms Church of the Nazarene, has begun holding services in Español, and has expanded the number of small groups meeting across the valley.
Our interim pastor, Pastor Mel Rich, leads with his vision of making sure that each person, whether new to our church family or those who have been members for years, knows that they are loved and an important member of the body of Christ.
We hope you stop by and visit soon.