About Us


Worship.  Connect.  Serve.


Our Story

The Gate is a daughter church of St. Paul Lutheran in Ankeny, IA.  St. Paul called pastor and church planter Aaron Hannemann from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, in May of 2015.  He has recruited a team of missionaries from St. Paul and the community to embark on this mission.  Public worship for The Gate was officially launched on September 18th, 2016.

For more information on the “why?” and “what?” of church planting, check out this link: http://www.acts29.com/why-church-planting/

The bottom line is that we as the people of God are called to share the Good News of God’s love poured out for us in Jesus Christ, and planting churches is one of the best ways to reach those far from God.

“Planting new churches is the most effective evangelistic methodology known under heaven.” -Missiologist C. Peter Wagner

The Gate’s name comes from John 10:9 where Jesus says, “I am the gate, whoever enters through me will be saved.”  It is only through Jesus’ life, death and resurrection that we humans are reconciled to God.  It is through Jesus that we receive abundant life here and now and eternal life in the age to come.  “I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10b).



Mission Staff

Rev. Aaron Hannemann, Lead Pastor (pastoraaron@thegateankeny.org)

Craig Willoughby, Worship Director (craig@thegateankeny.org)

Connection Group Leaders

Adam and Amber Rogers [rogers.aj@gmail.com]

Zach and Kate Pool [zach@thegateankeny.org]

Doug Ommen [doug@thegateankeny.org]

Sharon Ommen [sharon@thegateankeny.org]

Pastor Aaron and Kaela Hannemann