Our Pastors

Phil and Linda Maxwell

Founding Senior Pastors

Gateway’s Founding Senior Pastor, Phil Maxwell, together with his wife, Lynda, and three kids, Claire, Simon and David, were called by God as missionaries to the USA from South Africa in 1997. They founded Gateway Church in Bridgewater the following year and began meetings at the Green Knoll Firehouse. In 2005, the church was in need of a larger facility and God provided a home at our current location in Bridgewater, on Milltown Road. Phil Maxwell completed a post-graduate degree in Education at Rhodes University in 1977, and a post-graduate degree in Theology at the Theological College of South Africa in 1982. He began pastoring his first church in South Africa in 1983. Since then he has faithfully ministered the Gospel in more than 20 nations.

Shawn and Claire White Gateway Church NJ

Shawn and Claire White

Assistant Pastors

Shawn and Claire White have been in ministry for over 20 years and act as the assistant pastors of Gateway Church. Fueled by the Holy Spirit and coffee, they are passionate about building the very thing Jesus committed himself to building, the Church, by simply sharing the love of Jesus with people. Shawn and Claire live in the Bridgewater area with their four kids, Charis, Cailyn, Keziah and Judson.

Our Elders

Matt & Jennifer

Dan & Wendy

Our Team

Betty Mantz Gateway Church NJ

Betty Mantz


jennifer mcdevitt

Jennifer McDevitt

director - gateway kids

Joseph Arce Gateway Church NJ

Joseph Arce


Jesse Perkins


jon ramberg

Jon Ramberg

Youth Leader - Impact