Frequently asked


What time does your Sunday service start? 

10am, CST. Fellowship begins with coffees, teas and snacks at 9:15am. 

Do I have to dress up at Eastgate? 

Our pastor preaches in blue jeans most weeks. Does that answer your question? 

Where do you meet? 

633 Shute Lane, Hermitage, TN, 37138. Just look for the white flags!  

What can I expect when I come? 

The touch of a handshake, the taste of some coffee, tea and pastries, the sound of about 10 minutes of music you can clap to and about 10 more of music you can reflect to, a glimpse of a painter in one corner and the smell of some candles in the other, you having a turn to speak, a sermon that brings it all together, and then a time for you to receive prayer, usually in that order. If God leads us to spend more time on one and less on the other we'll do it, with the exception of maybe the pastries. Our goal? For you to receive what God has for you that day, both supernaturally and naturally by employing each of the 5 senses He's given you. 

Do you have a denomination? 

Yes, all of them. We are inter-denominational. Our staff is a Heinz 57 of most all major Christian denominations. 

How large is your church? 

We currently have about 50 families. Families of 8 and families of 1 and everything in-between. 

How old is your church? 

Eastgate was established in December 2004.

There are almost 1000 churches in this city, so what's so special about Eastgate? 

Eastgate is no more special than any other church in Music City (we complete, not compete). We're just different. In our services YOU are given an opportunity to speak, instead of just staff members or the Pastor. If you are family with us and God is speaking something to you for the church, then you need to be able to share it, and so we provide a time in the service for your voice. 1 Cor. 14:26, "When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church." 

What is a "full-gospel" church? 

It means we don't take our scissors to the Bible. If it's in there, you'll see it in one of our services (uh, except maybe the part about the snakes and poison, which we interpret as symbolic). "Gospel" means good news, so who wouldn't want the full version of the good news? 

I've got a bunch of junk I'm dealing with. I want to come to church but then again, I don't because I've not been well received elsewhere. What type of people are at Eastgate? 

People who said just the same thing. The good news is that they now get to speak of that "junk" in past tense: torn relationships, anxiety, drugs, financial distress, depression, witchcraft, abuse, loneliness, divorce, alcohol, homosexuality, and yes, even just plain old religious pride. 

Can you help my family? My family is broken and needs healing. 

Every family has something they are working through. Somehow, Eastgate has become known as "a family healing center", and "the place you go to get your family healed." The closing verses of the Old Testament in the book of Malachi say that in the last days God will turn the hearts of the parents to the children and the hearts of the children back to their parents. We, at Eastgate consider that our highest calling and form of sharing the gospel -- not just saving souls, but saving families. We believe that strong families make strong society. 

What does it mean to be saved? 

The world says there are many paths to God. Jesus said he was THE way, THE truth and THE life. In light of the condition the world is in today and how all the other paths are growing darker and dimmer, it's pretty easy to see He was right. Check out our Who God Is page before leaving this portion of our site. 

Do I need to come to church at all? 

You know you do or you wouldn't be visiting this site, right? So come see us! (Heb. 10:25 says, "Do not forsake the assembling of yourselves together.")