Didn’t see that coming?
On December 10/11, 2022, in fully-abandoned and loving obedience to where we have sensed the Lord leading us, and with the full support and blessing of Pastor Robert Morris and Gateway Church in Southlake TX, we announced that we would be Pillar Church.
The anointing ON our church and the presence of God IN our church will come down to whether or not Jesus gets what He wants FROM our church.
WATCH THE ANNOUNCEMENTS
The announcement, the interview with Pastor Robert Morris, and The Leaders’ Cut. Nothing to hide.
So what REALLY happened?
Looking for a scandal? You simply won’t find it in this beautiful story. While it is sad but true that too many churches have been plagued with scandals, abuses, and disappointments by leaders, this is not that.
Am I safe here?
This is most likely the real question you’re asking. Big changes like this can often trigger past experiences and memories, or even things we’ve heard about from others that may have caused a sense of instability or uncertainty. Of course you’re asking this question.
Your ability to trust us is not something we take lightly. We hold it in very high regard, knowing that trust is the foundation of any solid relationship. Part of our Fight for Innocence is maintaining purity of motive.
How long has this been coming?
This process of changing our name began almost 4 years ago because of something God said, not because of something man did.
So we're not part of Gateway anymore?
Yes and no. While we will no longer bear the same name, Gateway Church in Southlake, TX, will always, always, always be part of us. Are you familiar with the rich heritage of our story?
Are you crazy?!
Was telling Pastor Robert hard?
Why did it take so long to tell Pastor Robert?
Is everything okay between you and Pastor Robert?
Did you ever think about going back to Dallas?
Were your feelings hurt by not being chosen as the successor?
Did you want to be Pastor Robert’s successor?
Why do you think God had you change the name from Gateway to Pillar?
Will Pillar be different than Gateway Scottsdale?
What do you feel God is saying about what is next for our church?
A Gateway of Hope
In 1996, Dallas native Preston Morrison was 18 years old and scouting a college in Scottsdale. While there, God spoke clearly to him and said, “Preston, you will spend the greater half of your life serving this Valley, ministering to this Valley and sacrificing for this Valley. This is where My anointing for you rests.”
Four years later, Preston was wrapping up his time in college and interning for a church outside of Scottsdale. Out of the blue, he received a phone call that changed everything. It was a pastor from Dallas named Robert Morris, who was starting a new church, Gateway. He wanted Preston to return home to be the part-time youth pastor. Preston was honest with Pastor Robert about the calling he received in the Lord’s message to him, about serving the Valley in and around Scottsdale for the greater part of his life. But Preston returned to Dallas, submitted his timing to the Lord and told Pastor Robert that he would never bring it up again. Years passed, and no one said anything about Scottsdale for quite some time.
After seven years, Preston became comfortable with life in Dallas, working for a senior pastor, and thinking less about becoming one himself. He was completely content to stay safely in the shadow of Pastor Robert. However, this was not to be.
In 2009, Pastor Robert said these words to Preston, for which he will always be thankful “It’s time for you to leave, Preston. It’s time to ready you for stewarding the move of God that is waiting for you in Scottsdale.”
Gateway’s first church plant—Gateway Church Scottsdale, opened its doors on September 9, 2012, marking a day that God had on His calendar since the beginning of time.
Anointed in the scripture of Hosea 2:15, “… transform the Valley of Trouble into a gateway of hope,” Gateway Church received its name. We believe that God speaks, and that you can hear Him. It is our heart that you would receive a word from God, spoken clearly, each time you are with us, and that through your personal growth, spiritual development, and relationship with God, collectively with the growth of our Gateway community, together we would have the greatest impact toward transforming this Valley of souls.