The story of LifeGate Church began in my heart in 1999, while I was a sophomore history and intercultural studies major at Lee University. I had known since I was 15 that I was called to spend my life in ministry, I just was not sure exactly what that would mean. During that year of college my heart began to be drawn to church planting and to Lexington, Kentucky.
After graduation and marriage, Jamie and I moved to Roanoke, Virginia to serve as youth pastors and to get our feet wet in ministry. After two years at a great church we felt that our time in Virginia was coming to an end. I came to Lexington on a scouting trip, fully intending for us to move to town and start a church. After 3 days of driving around Man O’War and New Circle (during which I learned all about the joys of Lexington traffic) and praying about the city, I sensed that it was not the right time to move here.
While sitting in my hotel room the next morning, wondering what God wanted us to do, I received a phone call from an old friend in Tennessee asking me to come work with him for a couple of years. Jamie and I moved back to Tennessee and spent the next two years coordinating the Azusa Street Centennial, an event that brought 50,000 Christians from over 100 nations together in Los Angeles to celebrate the work of the Holy Spirit. After working ourselves to exhaustion, we spent a year in Ohio recuperating and pastoring a small church. In the spring of 2007, God began to stir our hearts that it was time to take a leap of faith, follow our dream, and move to Lexington.
When we pulled into town in August of 2007 we only knew one other couple in the city. We soon started a Bible study in our home on Thursday nights with two University of Kentucky students. That group began to grow, and out of that Bible study emerged the launch team for LifeGate Church.
On February 22nd, 2009 we officially launched LifeGate Church with a team of 30 people. Since that time we’ve seen God do some amazing things as scores of people have found Christ. Lives have been transformed and changed by the grace of God.
Over the last couple of years we’ve seen some wonderful success, but we believe that God has even greater things in store for us as a church. By some estimates there are as many as 250,000 people in our city who are not following Christ. Our mission as a church is to invite those people to experience the amazing life that Jesus has in store for them. If you’re looking for a church that is passionate about Jesus and committed to carrying out his mission then I want to invite you to come check us out.
The Wilson Family