Our Pastors

Phil Maxwell

Founding Father and Missionary Pastor

Gateway’s Founding 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 White

Senior Pastor

Shawn is Gateway’s Senior Pastor. He has been in ministry for over 24 years and has served as Worship Leader, Youth Pastor, Assistant Pastor and Lead Pastor.  He is passionate about building the church and helping people connect with the grace and love of Jesus Christ.  In 2012 Shawn received his Master’s Degrees in Theological studies from Kaleo Institute and continues to teach/preach that the most important thing about a person’s life is the way see and understand the character and nature of God. 

Our Team

Betty Mantz