LifeGate Fellowship to debut in Humboldt

Rev. Dennis Niles

HUMBOLDT – A new church will offer its debut worship service next Saturday in Humboldt.

The LifeGate Fellowship service will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the R. Wesley Carlson Auditorium in the Humboldt High School.

”I think people are going to find LifeGate to be a wonderful, refreshing change,” said Dennis Niles, who is the pastor of the new church and of Faith Community Church in Palmer.

”We want them to walk out of church saying, I’m glad I went to church today,” he added.

Niles described LifeGate Fellowship as a ”strong Bible-oriented church.” Its services will feature a blend of contemporary and traditional music.

”We want to be able to offer uplifting music and encouraging Bible messages in a life-giving, positive culture,” he said. ”It is a spiritual journey. We have a rock solid commitment to preaching and teaching the Bible and how it can be applied to our daily lives.”

LifeGate Fellowship is an independent church not affiliated with any major Christian denomination. However, it is related to Faith Community Church.

The establishment of the new church resulted from the growth of Faith Community Church.

”We’re kind of bursting at the seams,” Niles said of the Palmer church.

About a year ago, a group of church leaders began looking at ways to expand its outreach. The concept of establishing a new church grew from those meetings.

Niles said Humboldt was a ”natural choice” for the new church because it is a county seat town with a population a little bit bigger than that of the surrounding area. He added that he has seen statistics that indicate about 82 percent of Humboldt residents do not attend church regularly.

”We just believe there is an opportunity for us to create an environment that will drive a wedge into that 82 percent,” Niles said.

He said LifeGate Fellowship is in a ”soft launch program.” Because the church is gradually getting organized, it will not offer worship services every week. However, services are scheduled for Oct. 14, Nov. 18 and Dec. 9. Church leaders hope to have a full schedule of Sunday services in 2018.