The Story Of Us


Our journey began in 1970, in Sunnyvale, when God called Pastors Emanuele and Shirley Cannistraci to lead our church - then known as Calvary Gospel Temple. We were a small group of 60 members at that time, but God had much bigger plans.  Within a few short years, our membership swelled to over 150.  Young people were being saved and joining the church during an era of revival now known as the Jesus Movement.

God provided a new location in Mountain View in 1976, and our church was renamed Church of the Crossroads. Three years later we sold this property and moved, completely debt-free, into our Willow Glen location. Our church was renamed Evangel Christian Fellowship in the Spring of 1980.

Throughout the 80's and 90’s, as our church continued to grow, families were sent out as local missionaries, staff and ministries were added, programs expanded, and churches were planted.  We have been blessed by a clean record of financial integrity and moral living in our leadership team.


In September of 2000, Pastors David and Kathy Cannistraci were installed as the Lead Pastors of Evangel.  Pastor David’s heart for more expansion, ministry development and creating an outreach culture resulted in greater growth, and it soon became clear that our church facility was too small.

After a long property search and several attempts to relocate our growing ministry, our church purchased its present facility in South San Jose and became GateWay City Church.

Our name came about because God was making a “gateway of hope in the valley of trouble” (Hosea 2:15).


Over the past decade, GateWay has experienced continuous growth and health. In late 2014, we became a multi-site church and in 2016, we developed a vision to reach ten cities through this strategy.

The future of GateWay is as bright as the promises of God.  Our hearts are filled with faith to fulfill the vision of Inspiring Transformed Lives.