Gateway Community of Faith
Jesus said "I am the gate, whoever enters through me will be saved." John 10:9
Who Are We?

Gateway Community of Faith is a new church in western Harford County. We are a mission church of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). We meet at the Black Horse Golf Center at the intersection of Norrisville Road (Rt. 23) and Troyer Road. Our worship service begins at 10:30 every Sunday morning and we also hold special evening holiday services throughout the year (Good Friday, Thanksgiving Eve, Christmas Eve).

We at Gateway are seeking to live out the Christian life in a way that views the Bible as relevant to everyday life. We discuss the issues of life looking for answers and resources in the truth of God’s Word and in a personal relationship with Christ. Whether you are exploring Christianity or have followed Christ for many years, we welcome you to our fellowship!

Our Vision

To grow in KNOWING, LOVING, and SERVING God, others and the world around us. In light of this vision we want to:

  • Introduce people to Christ so they can know Christ within a personal relationship.
  • Foster a true understanding of ourselves, of others, and of the world from God's perspective.
  • Encourage a passionate love for God, for others, and for the world around us.
  • Provide opportunities for people to serve God, each other, and the world.

What We Believe

About God: There is one God who exists forever in three Persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He knows all things, he created all things, he has authority over all things and he is in control of all things. He is perfectly just, holy and righteous. God continues to reveal himself in all creation, but he has revealed himself and his plan in a special and more complete way for all times in the Bible.

About the Bible: The Bible has been inspired and preserved by God to provide necessary and accessible truth to all people. The Bible is without error and has God’s authority to direct the lives and beliefs of all people.

About the world: God created the world out of nothing and keeps all creation going by his power. Although the world was created to be perfect, the sin of Adam and Eve and of all succeeding humans has corrupted it.

About humanity: Humans were created in the image of God to have a close relationship with him and to reveal his glory by ruling over all creation with him. When Adam sinned, all this was ruined. God’s image is now seen only imperfectly in people and they are no longer able to fulfill the purpose he had planned for them.

About Jesus: Jesus came to earth to bring people back to the original plan God had for them, to restore God’s image in them, and to restore hope for all people. He did this by living a perfect human life and by dying on the cross to bear the punishment for our sin. We receive this redemption by believing and trusting in the work of Christ for our salvation from sin and for our lives.

About the church: The church is made up of people who are submitted to and committed to Christ. It has the privilege of being God’s instrument to spread the benefit and power of the good news of God’s plan through all the earth. The church does this by serving God in worship, serving God’s people by growing their faith, and serving the world by impacting individuals, cultures and the environment with the good news of God’s grace and calling.

About Our Pastor

Tom Frech is an ordained pastor in the PCA, who has been involved in several new churches. He has been our pastor since we began weekly Sunday morning worship in October, 2008.

Born and raised primarily in St. Louis, MO, he received a degree in finance from the University of Missouri and began working in the building industry in the Baltimore area in 1972. In his 30 years of involvement in residential construction, he began and led several businesses, in the fields of land development, construction, manufacturing, and management of a senior housing facility.

During all this time, he was heavily involved in church ministry, which included serving in many capacities in PCA presbytery as well as in local churches, including staff positions (Assistant to the Pastor and Director of Families and Youth). God led him to Westminster Theological Seminary where he received a Master’s degree in theology in 2007. Tom has been married to his wife Sue since 1972 and they have 4 children and 6 grandchildren.