Gateway Community UMC was started January 21, 2007, with 146 people in attendance under Pastor Rev. Matt Hearn. The church has a "casual environment, but serious faith" and is following the "purpose-driven" model. The church Sunday services, in the beginning, was at 10:30 a.m. in the gym of the West Chatham YMCA
. At the 2010 Annual Conference, the church was awarded three evangelism awards: largest net gain in membership, the largest number of professions of faith, and the best ratio of professions of faith under pastors Rev. Andy Lamon and Rev. Matt Hearn.