Who We Are

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AT GATEWAY CHURCH OLD BROOKLYN, we are living to see the good new of Jesus bring life to our city. We are planting a new church in Cleveland’s Old Brooklyn neighborhood. Following Jesus is about receiving new life in him, sharing that life in community, and bringing that life to the world around us.  Being part of a Bible-believing, Gospel-loving church is vital to living that out in our lives. Gateway Church Old Brooklyn had it’s first official service as a new church Sunday, January 18th 2015.  We have been gathering for worship every Sunday since then at 10:30am in Rhodes High School.  We would love for you to come worship with us!

Pastor Tony Loseto and his wife Beth invite you to join in the planting of a new church in the Old Brooklyn community.


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Our Core Beliefs are intended to be a basis of fellowship.

The Bible Is The Inspired Word of God: The Old and New Testament are inspired by God, the only written revelation from God to man. The Bible is infallible and the authoritative word of God. It is the rule of faith and conduct for mankind.  Scripture is sufficient to tell us everything we need to know for life and godliness.  (II Timothy 3:15-17, I Thessalonians 2:13 & Peter 1:21).

There Is One True God:  God is one (Deuteronomy 6:4). God is eternally self-existent (Jn. 8:54-59). God is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. He is the creator of the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1&2). While God is one, He has revealed Himself in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19).

Jesus Christ Is The Son Of God: Jesus Christ is the second person of the Trinity, the eternal Son of God. The Scripture declares his virgin birth (Matthew 1:18-23); His sinless life (Hebrews 7:26 & I Peter 2:22 & I John 3:4,5); His miracles (Acts 2:22 & 10:37-38); His substitutionary death on the cross  as the sacrifice for our sins that satisfied the wrath of God (II Corinthians 5:21 & I Peter 2:24 & I Corinthians 15:4); His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:1-6 & I Corinthians 15:4); His exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9,11 & Philippians 2:9-11).

The Fall Of Man: Man was created in the image of God (Genesis 2:26). However, by a voluntary act of the will, Adam and Eve disobeyed God (Genesis 3:6). That first sin had several repercussions. Man was removed from the garden of Eden and the presence of God (Genesis 3:23), a curse was pronounced (Genesis 3:14-19), the process of physical death began (Genesis 2:17), and man died spiritually (Romans 5:12-19). Sin separated humankind from God (Ephesians 2:11-18) and left man in a fallen or sinful condition (Romans 3:23).

The Salvation Of Man: The only means of salvation is Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12 & John 14:6). He died on the cross to pay the penalty of our sins (I Peter 2:24). He offers each of us a pardon for our sins (Hebrews 9:26) and wants us to become children of God (John 1:12).  The Bible is clear that we are saved by God’s grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone (Ephesians 2:8-9).

When we turn from sin and place our faith in Christ, our spiritual reality is changed by God. We become the Temple of the Holy Spirit (I Cor. 6:19). Our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life (Rev. 3:5). We become citizens of heaven (Phil. 3:20-21). We are given eternal life (John 3:16). We are adopted and become children of God (Gal. 4:4-7). Our sins are forgiven and forgotten (Heb. 8:12). We are credited with the righteousness of Christ (Rom. 4:4-5). We are born-again (John 3:3). God takes ownership of us (I Cor. 6:20). We receive an eternal inheritance (Ephesians 1:13-14 & I Peter 1:3-5).

The evidence of salvation is two-fold. The internal evidence is the direct witness of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:16). The external evidence is the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22, 23). We become a new creation (II Cor. 5:17) and are transformed into the image of Christ (II Cor. 3:18).

 

For further explanation of our beliefs, refer to the Southern Baptist Faith and Message.  http://www.sbc.net/bfm2000/bfm2000.asp

For further explanation of our church’s vision, please refer to the GATEWAY OLD BROOKLYN CHURCH COVENANT AND CONSTITUTION.

Gateway Church Old Brooklyn is a Southern Baptist church plant in partnership with the Send Network of the North American Mission Board.

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10903975_10152474653140806_1456506937155962221_oTony Loseto – Church Planting Pastor 

Tony and his wife, Beth, love living in Old Brooklyn. Tony graduated from Boyce College in Louisville, KY but is a born and raised Cleveland native.  He returned to Cleveland in 2013 to begin the church planting work and is excited for the planting of a new church in Old Brooklyn.  He has a heart for seeing peoples lives changed by the good news of Jesus Christ.  His favorite sports teams are the Cleveland Browns and the Cleveland Indians.

 

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Hector Candelaria – Hispanic Minister

Denisse and Hector Candelaria are both natives of Puerto Rico. Hector grew up in a pastoral family and has served as Youth Leader, Musician, and Band Director. Hector and Denisse met in the same church where his Father pastored. They got married in March 2012. Hector is currently an online student in The University of Phoenix completing his B.A. in Security Organizational Management, and after that he plans to pursue an M.Div. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Denisse finished her B.A. in Social Work in May 2017 from Cleveland State University and now works for The Centers for Families and Children. Our calling is to pursue the Latino community of Cleveland with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Bill Beiter – Music Minister

Bill Beiter serves at the Music Minister at Gateway Church Old Brooklyn.  He grew up in Memphis, TN and has lived in Cleveland, OH for over the past 3 years.  He is engaged to his fiance’ Melanie.  He has an associate’s degree in Recording Arts and Technology.  Bill has a love for sharing how the good news of Christ has changed his life and how the good news of the gospel is available to all.  His love for music leading in worship to God has led him to be part of the church planting work in Old Brooklyn.