Our mission is to know Christ and make Him known.
'It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, and Your faithfulness every night." Psalm 92:1-2 NKJV
"From whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working which every part does it share, cause growth of the body for the editfying of itself in love." Ephesians 4:16 NKJV
"Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20 NIV84
When it all started...
In 1999, God released a dream to plant a church near the University at Buffalo. One night, in prayer, Jon was led to the scripture of Ezekiel 44:4 from which we received the name "NorthGate." For the next 10 years, Jon served as the Senior Associate Pastor under Pastor Tommy Reid at The Tabernacle in Orchard Park. This proved to be an essential time of training and preparation for the launch of Northgate which occurred in 2008.
A key part of the vision was to plant NorthGate in partnership with a number of different churches across denominational lines. Jon began to share our vision with others and the Lord opened door after door for churches to work together to fulfill this vision. We met with over 14 churches from our region who expressed a strong willingness and excitement regarding partnering with NorthGate to reach the University at Buffalo and the surrounding community. Jon also began to meet with a number of campus ministries who were already doing great work reaching out to students at the University at Buffalo. NorthGate has a strong desire to partner with congregations and ministries throughout the Western New York region. As a result, we have seen a number of Senior Pastors develop relationships and cross denominational lines. Our desire is to see The Church of Buffalo partner together in a way that will reach every man, woman, and child with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
On Sunday, October 19, 2008 the vision for NorthGate was released at The Tabernacle in Orchard Park. Pastor Tommy Reid endorsed NorthGate publicly, followed by a video message from Pastor Jerry Gillis of The Chapel. These two leaders have had a tremendous influence on the development of NorthGate.
Our first gathering took place in a home located in Amherst with about a dozen people. Over the next 11 months, we developed a core team of people. This group met on Saturday nights to develop a sense of community, vision, and purpose. Over time, the core team grew to approximately 60 people and we launched public services in the AMC 8 Movie Theater located at the corner of Sweet Home and Maple Rd.(pictured here) In February 2011 we moved to our current location at 5225 Harris Hill Rd. Clarence, NY.
In November of 2015, NorthGate completed a building project titled "Making A Place For You." This expanded the physical space of the church to accommodate the rapidly growing congregation which includes new space for our Children and Youth Ministry.
Now in 2019, Northgate is once again running out of space and are praying for vision of what God has next for us in the coming years.
NorthGate is a Christian community of all ages mentoring students to change the world. Today, NorthGate welcomes students, young families, and people of all ages and walks of life. We would love to have you join this community. The Lord is making a place for you at NorthGate.