History

NorthGate Community Church has a long and rich history in the Coachella Valley, but has not always carried the same name.

1890
In 1890, First Church of Palm Springs was built by Thomas Critchlow at Palm Canyon Drive and Andreas Road, Palm Springs. It was a missionary church, primarily using traveling speakers as they passed through the Coachella Valley.

        

1917
With 19 year-round members, the church organized under Presbytery of Riverside and became officially known as Community Church of Palm Springs.

 

1936
On March 15, 1936 a newer, larger church building was dedicated on the corner of Baristo Road and Cahuilla, Palm Springs. Known locally as Blackstone Hall, additional classroom space was added in the 1940s.

1961
In 1961 another new sanctuary building was built and dedicated, immediately  across Cahuilla road from the existing Blackstone Hall church. The new building featured stained glass windows, a mezzanine, a built-in pipe organ and state-of-the-art swamp cooler technology.

        

1967
Community Church of Palm Springs becomes non-denominational in 1967 following a break from Presbytery and resolution to stay with Westminster Confession of Faith.

1996
Community Church of Palm Springs becomes announces affiliation with Christian Missionary & Alliance.

2000
The effects of a two-decade demographic shift in Palm Springs begin to impact the reach of God’s people and the message of the Gospel struggles in a community dense with vacation rentals and inns.  The property on both sides of Cahuilla Road in Palm Springs is sold to John Wessman, Developer.  The members of Community Church of Palm Springs coordinate, band together, and organize to move east to reach more full-time desert residents and carry the Great Commission forward, pursuing  a “family church again”.

2000-2003
Following the sale of the property in Palm Springs, the church moved to neighboring Cathedral City. Services were held at Sunny Sands Elementary and James Workman Junior High Schools and the church selected a new name. NorthGate Community Church is chosen as it represents and indicates the northern end of the Coachella Valley, as well as symbolizes the Apostle Paul’s departure from Jerusalem through the north gate of the city, as he carried the message of Jesus Christ of Nazareth to Asia, Europe, and ultimately the rest of the world.

2004
In 2004, The Church moved into a rental space on Cathedral Canyon Drive, Cathedral City.  With money raised from the sale of the Palm Springs property, 17.5 acres was purchased at the corner of Date Palm Drive and 30th Avenue in Cathedral City. Plans to build a new church were set in motion. 11 acres were subsequently sold to assist in the development, but various problems with installation of utilities, etc. prevented the move forward. As the church grew, so did the space. The facility on Cathedral Canyon was expanded as the church body resolved to stay there a period of five years.

2012
On July 1st, 2012 Pastor David and Tami Gilmore move to Cathedral City and becomes the next pastor of the century-old Body of Believers. Pastor Michael is added in October of this same year as a part time Youth Pastor.

2013
Under Pastor David Gilmore and his Board of Elders, a decision to again pursue and own a building rather than continue paying ever- increasing rent was presented to the congregation. Following much prayer and spiritual guidance, the congregation voted to move forward in faith to build a new church home.

2014
Ground was broken for the first NorthGate Community Church building.

          

2015
In 2015, the newest building was approved for occupancy and the first service was held on November 8th, one year after ground breaking.

  

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