In 1965, sixteen dedicated people joined Rev. Dr. Daniel Mercaldo and his wife,
Evangeline, to establish an Interdenominational Bible Church in growing Staten Island, New York. The progress of these past 50 years is a testimony to the timeless truth, “Little is much when God is in it.”
In those early years, Gateway Church, was known as Calvary Temple, and temporarily worshiped in homes, a legion post, the basement of a bank, and a rented church building. In 1967, we purchased our first 1.2-acre site in the community of Oakwood. After nine years of planning, working, and praying, we finally had our first church home in 1974. After going through a major church-growth study, our name was changed to Gateway Cathedral. Within just a few years, we realized that the 200-seat Church Center was too small for our rapidly growing church family.