What To Expect

Sunday worship at City Gates begin with singing a mixture of modern worship choruses and timeless hymns in a contemporary style of music. Children either worship with their family and are then released to their classes, or go directly to children’s worship. We also have a comfortable room set up for nursing mothers where they can watch and listen to the message in privacy. We're usually moving verse by verse through a book of the Bible seeking to understand the original message and how it applies to our modern lives, but we take occasional breaks between books for topical series.

People typically dress casually, everything from khakis to jeans and even shorts on Sunday mornings.

Some of our small groups meet at 9AM before the service. There is a youth group meeting during this time, as well as classes for children.


Our Team

Pastor Jeff Schlenz

Jeff has served The City Gates Church since its founding.  He was previously the pastor of Calvary Chapel DC Metro (2008-2015).  He served for eight years on Active Duty in the USMC and currently serves as a Chaplain in the USAF Reserve assigned to Joint Base Andrews.  His wife Madeleine was raised in Alexandria, VA.  They have been married since 2000 and have the privilege of raising two young boys and one little princess which means you'll frequently find them on the sidelines of soccer fields, basketball courts, and swimming pools across Northern Virginia.
Jeff's thesis on the role faith plays in the lives of missionaries, military personnel, and others during times of cross-cultural captivity can be found here: A Lonely Faith: Lessons in Spiritual Resiliency Learned From the Isolated, Captive, and Rescued.

Assistant Pastor Matt Pottenger


Matt has also been on staff with The City Gates Church since its founding.  He originally joined the staff at Calvary Chapel D.C. Metro in June 2015 after serving 6 1/2 years in Kenya, Africa as a church planting missionary.  He and his wife Peggy were married in 2003 and love serving the Lord together. They have two little girls who love dress-up, tea-parties, art, and dance.  In addition to loving the outdoors Matt and Peggy enjoy doing life and ministry as a family.  


Assistant Pastor Stephen Simons  
Family Ministries/Facilities Pastor

Stephen joined the staff at the City Gates Church at its founding after serving Barcroft Bible Church for eight years in various deacon, elder, and teaching roles.  He and his wife Tiffany were married in 1999 and they have four children, Samuel (15), Alice (14), Della (11), and Wesley (9). In addition to serving as the Family Ministry Pastor and overseeing the church facility, Stephen is an avid "board game geek"  and hosts quarterly board game fellowship nights.  

What we do:

At The City Gates Church we want to stay focused on three things:

  • Exalting God, through our combined services and daily lives
  • Equip the Saints, by helping people grow spiritually in knowledge and action
  • Engage the World, by taking our faith out of the sanctuary and applying it : in our daily lives, in the community and at work, or wherever else God leads.

All of this happens corporately and individually. There’s no such thing as a nameless, faceless church the church is us – if the church is, or is not, doing anything it’s because individual believers are or are not doing things.

So, what do we want to see?

  • People growing in their personal relationship with and service to God.
  • People being raised up to serve for the first time.
  • People being raised up to lead.
  • People being called out by God to serve in new areas

We believe God is at work in Northern Virginia, He wants to save people and He wants to be the center of their lives. We want to see that happen, in us and in you.

  • THE BIBLE: The scriptures of the Old & New Testament as being verbally inspired by God and inerrant and infallible in the original writings, and that they are of supreme and final authority. 2 Timothy 3:16, 17; 2 Peter 1:20,21; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12,13

  • THE GODHEAD:We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-co-eternal in being, co-eternal in nature, co-equal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections (Deuteronomy 6:4; 2 Corinthians 13:14).

  • THE PERSON AND WORK OF JESUS CHRIST:That Jesus Christ was begotten by God, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born to the virgin Mary. That the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as a representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the basis of His shed blood. In the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, His ascension into heaven and His present life there as High Priest and Advocate for us. That all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again by the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God and heirs of eternal life. John 1:1,2,14; Luke 1:35; Romans 3:24; 1 Peter 2:24; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:3-5; Acts 1:9, 10; Hebrews 7:25, Hebrews 9:24; Romans 8:34; 1 John 2:1-2

  • THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST: We believe in the blessed hope, which is the personal, visible and imminent return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

  • THE HOLY SPIRIT: That the Holy Spirit is  the third person of the Trinity, who convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment. He is the life of the believer and He empowers the preaching and teaching of the Gospel. John 16:8-11; 2 Corinthians 3:6; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; Romans 8:9; Ephesians 5:18

  • MANKIND: That mankind was created in the image of God, sinned, and thereby incurred not only physical death, but spiritual death, which is separation from God, and that human beings are born with a sinful nature. Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12

  • THE CHURCH: Of whose mission it is to preach the Scriptures to all the world, all of its endeavors being guided by multiple leadership and supported by the wise stewardship of God's people. 

  • THE ORDINANCES OF THE CHURCH: Which are given by the Lord, are Baptism and the Lord's Table (Communion). Ephesians 1:22, 23; 5:25-27; 1 Corinthians 12:12-14; 2 Corinthians 11:2;Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 2:41, 42; Acts 18:8; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26. 

Where we come from:

The City Gates Church traces it’s roots all the way back to 1932 when 22 people gathered to form Barcroft Bible Church in Arlington. They moved to Fairfax in 1989 and built this building in 1992. In 2015 God led us to join forces with Calvary Chapel DC Metro and form something new. Our history and our identity as a part of the Calvary Chapel family of churches remind us God is at work throughout time and in other places. Let us do well with the time and place He has entrusted to us!

Find out more about our history here

We Look Forward to Meeting You Soon
Feel free to call us at 703-425-3800 or email us at Office@TheCityGatesChurch.org