Pastor Darryl Morrison, a native of Arizona, along with his wife Jo Ann, were away from Phoenix for 20+ years when the Lord called them "home" in the Fall of 2015 to sow into the city that had given them so much. Valley Gate Church was birthed out of their burning desire to honor God, make disciples, and in the process make the Valley of the Sun a place that shines bright with the radiance of God.
In January 2014 on a trip to Phoenix, AZ with his son Samuel, the Lord confirmed for Ps Darryl that he was indeed calling his family back home to plant a church in Phoenix. Over the next few months Pastor Darryl along with his pastoral leadership and friends prayed about this calling to Phoenix. After much prayer and due diligence Darryl and Jo Ann took the next step in the process and in August 2014 attended Every Nation’s Assessment Center in Nashville, TN to help them discern their calling, affirm their strengths, and identify their weaknesses. The Phoenix Church plant was announced to the Grace Covenant DC family in September 2014. The next several months were a whirlwind of planning meetings, visits to other church plants, an Every Nation Bootcamp in Nashville, TN.
At the top of 2015 Ps Darryl began traveling to Phoenix for information meetings with folks on the ground to begin to spread the word that Valley Gate Church was coming later that year. In March of 2015 a team of about 20 people came to scout out the place that we would call home in just a few short months. It was a wonderful time of fellowship, exploration, and confirmation for everyone! The team moved over the summer months and began meeting monthly at Pyle Recreation Center in Tempe, AZ for Bible Study and launch service planning. We begin having preview services once a month on Sunday, October 18th at a beautiful facility located in Tempe, Rio Salado Community College Conference Center. Our final preview service was December 20th and we officially launched weekly services on Sunday, January 24th 2016 with 182 people.
Today after just 3 years in existence we have almost 300 people in weekly attendance, we have our own facility in Tempe, we have seen over 100 people make a public declaration of their faith through water baptism, adopted local high schools to impact our community, and equipped those who attend our church to engage with God and others. God continues to show Valley Gate favor as we seek to honor God and advance His kingdom in the Valley of the Sun.