Gateway Baptist Association is a local association of 50 Southern Baptist churches in the St. Louis Metro East area of Illinois who have joined together in voluntary cooperation to partner with each other in reaching our area of Illinois for Christ. The mission of the association is to resource member churches in a way that would bring about greater Kingdom growth resulting not only in spiritual growth but numerical growth as we reach more people for salvation through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
There are many benefits to having a strong local association that churches can depend upon. The association is the most valuable resourcing partner for our churches when it comes to church strengthening. We operate by a strategy designed to resource churches at the point of their need to help each church fulfill its mission before God. This strategic approach can bring about increases in baptisms, church attendance, and Bible study attendance. Gateway Baptist Association is very proactive in designing strategies to revitalize churches to become more effective in Great Commission work. We are also developing strategies to start new churches designed to reach people who are not being reached by existing churches.
We look forward to the future to see what the Lord can do through our churches working together to accomplish great things for God as we join forces in our mission to reach the world for Christ.
A Note from Bro. Sherman Smith, Administrative Team Chairman
YOU CAN STILL CALL THE GBA OFFICE! Yes, Dr. Richmond has retired, but the work of GBA continues. The Administrative Team is actively caring for the needs of the association, the Search Team is processing recent church assessment information, The Bethel Network has many mission teams working with new church plants, and Amy Barnes is still taking calls at the GBA office. Please don’t hesitate to call the GBA office for any information, resources, or help of any kind. We are still poised and ready to serve you!
We have new office hours: 9:00 am—2:00 pm Monday through Thursday. Call Amy Barnes (254-3953) or after hours, call Pastor Sherman Smith (540-9332).
What you can do:
(1) Pray for the Administrative Team as we continue to manage the ministries of the association,
(2) Please pray for our Search Team as they organize and prepare for our future DOM, and
(3) Please continue to pray for all of our churches, pastors and leaders as we seek to reach the lost for Christ in all our communities.