Gateway Seminary is a national entity owned by the Southern Baptist Convention. Yet, because of our primary location since our founding almost 80 years ago, we are closely connected to state partners in California. Those partnerships are a profound asset as we work together to support each other and fulfill both our respective missions and the overarching mission of God.

Multi-decadal partnerships between ministry organizations that are owned by different denominational entities are somewhat rare. We share no legal ties and have no mandated responsibility to cooperate together. Yet, we do work together in multiple ways, contributing to each other’s individual effectiveness along with shared results that are much greater than our individual parts.

Our partners in California include the California Southern Baptist Convention, the Baptist Foundation of California, and California Baptist University. The CSBC is a remarkable network of about 2000 churches from every major ethnic group and geographic part of the state. BFCal is a professional estate planning and church financial services ministry business that manages millions in assets. CBU is the finest Christian university in the country – having emerged from about 800 students 30 years ago to 13,000 students today with Division One athletics and fully-orbed academic programs in almost every discipline imaginable.

How do we maintain these partnerships? First, we speak well of each other in public and speak to each other about concerns in private. Second, we promote each other and use each other’s services as much as possible. Third, our leaders connect a few times a year at different meetings and at least one day each year for fellowship (with our spouses) and specific partner-related planning. Fourth, we share ideas and ways we can improve our work and help each other whenever we can – even when it might cost us time, energy, or effort. Finally, when we hit a rough patch, we work it out – convinced that messy cooperation is better than disruptive division.            

One of the byproducts of these efforts is modeling Christian relationships and helping Baptists in California work better together. When church leaders see organizational leaders cooperating, including institutional cooperation, it encourages them to intensify their cooperative efforts. We are grateful for California partners and to be included in the California family of denominational entities working together to expand kingdom influence across our state and beyond.

The Advancement of Technology is Not Towards Heaven

As technology continues to advance, we must be careful not to find an underlying belief deep in our hearts that our job is to create heaven on earth.

Mike Kirby
Professor of Computer Science, University of Utah
Mike Kirby is a professor of computer science within the Kahlert School of Computing at the University of Utah.

To Live Biblically – My Family

My oldest son, Micah, has Tuberous Sclerosis Complex, a neurological disorder he was diagnosed with at 5 months of age. He is non-verbal, cognitively around 3-4 years old, and has some significant behavioral issues.

Kelly Womack
Trustee at Gateway Seminary
Kelly Womack lives in Fort Smith, Arkansas with her husband and sons. She earned a MDiv from Gateway Seminary in 2003.

Thank You and Goodbye

Dr. Iorg expresses thanks to all who made his time at Gateway Seminary remarkable.

Jeff Iorg
President Emeritus
Dr. Jeff Iorg is the president emeritus of Gateway Seminary. Prior to his service at the Seminary, Dr. Iorg was the Executive Director of the Northwest Baptist Convention for almost ten years. He was also the founding pastor of Greater Gresham Baptist Church in Gresham, Oregon, and has served as a pastor in Missouri and a staff pastor in Texas.