Dr. Jerry Rushford is the director of Church Relations for Pepperdine University and director of the new Churches of Christ Heritage Center at Pepperdine. He is an author and a popular speaker who specializes in Restoration Church History. He also leads tours tracing the steps of the great hymnologists. Under Rushford’s thirty-year leadership, the Pepperdine University Bible Lectures have earned a reputation as one of the finest lecture series in the nation. Around 4,000 people, from more than 40 states and 20 foreign countries, attend this four-day conference each spring. Gateway Church's renewal will be featured at this year's lectures
Dr. Rushford received his education from Great Lakes Christian College , Rochester College, A.A.; Oklahoma Christian University, B.A.; Harding Graduate School of Religion; Abilene Christian University, M.A. and M.Div.; Earlham School of Religion and the University of California, Santa Barbara, Ph.D. in American Church History. He and his wife, Lori, reside in Oak Park, California. They have two daughters, Hilary and Ashley.
Gateway Church... A place to belong and come as you are ...
Do you find you yourself thinking about going back to church? Perhaps you’re in that place in life where you’re open to attending church for the first time but still haven’t found what you’re looking for.
Gateway Church is a family of faith witnessing hearts turning home to God. In fact, you’ll notice that’s our theme this year, “Hearts Turning Home.” Where people are welcome to come and explore their faith at their own pace, a place where those who are hurting or lonely can find a place of belonging and encouragement, those looking to be part of something that improves people’s lives and those wanting quality help in raising their children with godly values.
If you feel led to worship with us, here’s what you will find:
· Comfortable. Its okay to dress up but we encourage you to come casual. You won’t be asked to do anything embarrassing or be pointed out in any way.
· Relevant. The sermons will explore the deeper truths of God’s Word but will also show how these truths can make a difference and bless our lives.
· Participatory. Participating during worship includes joining in our congregational singing and sharing in taking communion every week. During our Bible classes we have time for group discussions.
· For kids too. We have “Children’s Bible Hour” for our smaller children led by dedicated teachers and helpers.
If you have a church, then we ask that you pray for us. If you don’t have a church family, come and give us a try?
<>< John McCranie, Minister
Check out John's blog, "Visuables": http://johnmccranie.blogspot.com/
Contact us at 480-497-6125