POWELL, OH (January 13, 2012) – Sawmill Covenant Church will launch its new name, Gateway Community Church, on January 22.
The church was founded 14 years ago with 28 members who worshiped in rented space. Sunday attendance now averages 300. Pastor John Atkinson said the new name better reflects the congregation’s mission.
“Gateway is clearly suggestive of an opportunity to enter into a relationship with God and service of people,” Atkinson told the local newspaper earlier this week. Including “Community” in the name also points to the congregation’s outreach focus, moving away from a name that appeared to focus more on the church’s physical location in the community and denominational affiliation.
During the January 22 service, the church will introduce new technological additions as well as a more diversified curriculum for children’s Sunday services.