Our [Story]

Our Story

The Gate was launched by Pastor Aaron Hannemann as a church plant in the Fall of 2016. If you want to know more about church planting, check out this article: http://www.acts29.com/why-church-planting/ 

The Gate’s name comes from John 10:9 where Jesus says, “I am the gate, whoever enters through me will be saved.”  It’s only through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection that all of humanity and creation has been reconciled to God. It’s only through Jesus that we receive abundant life, as he says in John 10:10, “I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly,” and also eternal life in the age to come. 

We exist as the Church, the body of Christ here on earth, and as the community of the Gate so that we may worship our God, who has revealed himself in His Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, that we may connect with one another, to strengthen and encourage each other in our faith walk with Jesus, to serve others around us, as our Lord has first served us.


Mission Staff

Rev. Andrew Coop
Rev. Andrew Coop
Vacancy Pastor
Hi! I’m Pastor Andrew, and this is my wife, Ashley! We moved here in the summer of 2018 and have been making Ankeny our home ever since then! I’m thankful and enjoy the opportunity to bring you Jesus Christ and lead most worship services at the Gate throughout this transition period. If you would like to know more about what it looks like to be a follower of Jesus today, let’s talk! Either send me an email or catch me on a Sunday morning!
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be and abide with you all. -2 Corinthians 13:14
Craig Willoughby
Craig Willoughby
Worship Director