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The Roots of GateWay City Church

It began in 1970, when God called Reverend Emanuele and Shirley Cannistraci to lead our church, formerly known as Calvary Gospel Temple. Soon thereafter, the membership swelled as many young people were saved and added to the church.

God provided a new location in Mountain View in 1976, and our church was renamed Church of the Crossroads. Three years later we sold our former property and moved, completely debt-free, into our beautiful San Jose location. Our church was renamed Evangel Christian Fellowship in the Spring of 1980. In the 1980's and into the present, our church as continued to grow, families have been sent as local missionaries, staff added, ministries expanded, and many daughter churches have been planted.

In 2003, the congregation’s growth brought it to a new location in the Eden Park neighborhood, where Highways 85 and 101, Monterey Road, and Bernal Avenue flow together to create San Jose’s southern gateway.

Apostle Cannistraci

Apostle Emanuele Cannistraci has long been recognized as a healing evangelist, revivalist, teacher, local church pastor and prophet to the nations. Having faithfully served in full-time ministry for over fifty-nine years, he has been acknowledged by the prophets as one who moves in his apostolic call to the church. In 2000, he turned the senior pastorate of Evangel Christian Fellowship (now, GateWay City Church) in San Jose, California to his spiritual son and nephew, Dr. David Cannistraci. Apostle Cannistraci remains vitally connected to GateWay City Church and continues to minister many times a year to the church he founded and pastored for over 30 years.

Currently, Apostle Cannistraci travels with his wife Shirley, as they pour themselves into the lives of pastors and leaders worldwide.  During his decades of ministry to the nations, Apostle Cannistraci has traveled to over thirty countries.  Most recently, Apostle Cannistraci ministered the Word of the Lord at the Prophetic World Congress in Guatemala to a crowd of over 12,000 men and women.

Apostle Cannistraci founded and leads a network of churches and ministers called Apostolic Missions International (AMI).  This is an apostolic fellowship of spiritual sons and daughters in the faith.  He also gathers apostles to meet for encouragement, direction and strategy through Apostolic Leadership Summit (ALS) that meets annually in Hawaii.

To learn more about our founding Pastor, check out ApostleC.com