Who We Are
How We Started and Who We Are
Bridgeway Church was started in 1985 by two seminary students who were exploring the need for a church in the growing suburbs of Alpharetta. A small group of twenty people started meeting and a church was planted. The church began growing, hired a lead pastor, and over the next couple decades purchased land, built buildings, and started Bridgeway Christian Academy.
After many great years, Bridgeway went through a series of challenges and a season of decline. In the fall of 2015 the church began a process of reevaluation, and the elders felt a deep change would best position the church to reach the local community in the future. In 2016 the decision was made to replant the church with a fresh vision and approach, and a new lead pastor was called that November.
As we considered many different ways to move forward, we felt and new and novel approach was not the answer, but instead a return to the basics of the faith: a focus on personal relationships, the Word of God, and helping others encounter and know that Word. The church re-strategized and began dreaming a new dream for its purpose in the community and what God could do through it.
We believe our calling is to ignite change in the world by restoring broken people and sending them to heal others. We all experience hurt and brokenness in life, and in Christ we can both find healing and be used to help others.
With fresh vision and a new approach, it is an exciting time to join what God is doing here. We are a smaller congregation but full of faith that great things can and are happening. We have had our bumps in the road, but believe God used those to reposition us for future fruitfulness, and we believe he can do the same with you!
The leadership of Bridgeway church consists of staff and non-staff elders.
Keith WeltonLead Pastor
Keith started as lead pastor in November of 2016. Keith is originally from Macon, GA. He went to college at the University of Tennessee and then earned his masters from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL. He enjoyed a successful stint in the business world and then moved to teach at a pastors college in Maryland. Prior to coming to Bridgeway he pastored at Covenant LIfe Church in Gaithersburg, MD. He enjoys writing and his books include: Working for Glory: A Theology for doing Work that Really Matters, Finding Reasons to Believe in Life’s Challenging Questions, and The Central Message of Christianity Made Clear and Simply. He is married to Amanda and has four high energy kids.
Jon KublerAdministration & More
Jon retired from the corporate world in 2008 and is focused on his new work of growing God’s kingdom. He lives in Alpharetta and was a charter member of Bridgeway Church. Currently, Jon is an Elder in the Church and the leader of the Administrative Team. He also leads the Discovery Class and host to a small group. Jon is married to Phyllis and has three grown children and four grandchildren. In his spare time, Jon likes to play golf and build projects with his hands. His life verse is Matthew 5:16.
Kyle RoweWorship Leader
Kyle was born in Tacoma, Washington. He moved to Dahlonega, Georgia at the age of 14 and has lived in Georgia ever since. He came to faith in Christ at the age of 16 at a local church in his hometown. It was there he became a part of the student worship band. In 2015 Kyle took part of a leadership development program called the Protégé Program at Stonecreek Church in Alpharetta, Georgia. This program trained and equipped him to lead worship teams as well as lead in front of the congregation. Kyle is also a student at the University of North Georgia working on his Bachelor’s degree in Film and Media.
Heather WhittonOffice Manager & Financial Secretary
Heather has been the office manager/financial secretary and member of Bridgeway Church since August of 2012. She attended Valdosta State University in 2004-2006 and then transferred back to Kennesaw State University at the end of 2006 to be closer to family. She is currently continuing her education at Lanier Tech in Health Information Technology. She met her husband Garry in 2008, were married at Bridgeway Church, and now have four amazing boys.
The leadership of Bridgeway church consists of staff and non-staff elders.
Major ThompsonElder Emeritus
Our vision is to be a church that is doing what God calls the church to do. We did not want to be unique in our vision, and that is why you will see our vision is a combination of the greatest commandment (to love the Lord with all your heart, soul, strength, and mind), the second greatest commandment (to love your neighbor as yourself), and the great commission (to make disciples of all nations). We want each of our members to know, embrace, and embody this vision, which is:
Worshipping God. Loving others.
Influencing the world... one person at a time.
Ex 20:3-5, Mark 12:30 | Mark 12:31 | Gen 1:26, 28; Matt 28:17
Our mission gets at how we want to go about our vision and explains some of the distinctives you will find at Bridgeway:
We want to be a family oriented church that is passionately worshipping God (Deut 6:5, Matt 22:37), personally connected to others (Acts 2:42, Eph 2:11-22), firmly rooted in the Word (Eph 4:11-16, Luke 6:47-49), deeply involved in the local community (Jer 29, 1 Pet 4:9-10), graciously sharing the faith (John 13:35, Titus 2:9-10), and equipping each member to make a difference in the lives of others. (Eph 4:11-16).
Our Core Values
Our Core Values further help you know what is important at Bridgeway and gives you a sense of who we are.
The gospel is the goodnews that God is redeeming the world through Jesus Christ. This good news permeates and motivates everything we do, from Sunday preaching to Monday work, Bible studies to soccer games, church services to community events. Christ is the center and focus of all we do. (1 Cor 15:1-4, 2 Cor 5:14)
We want every member passionately celebrating and honoring Christ in all that they do, think, and say. Every day is a day to celebrate his work. Every place is a place of worship. (Deut 6:5, Matt 22:37, John 4:23-24)
God draws us into relationship with him and that leads to relationships with other believers. Genuine personal relationships are the seedbed of genuine Christian service and mission. (Acts 2:42, Eph 2:22, Eph 4)
The good news can’t be contained. We want to proclaim it to others in word and deed, by both the church corporately (church planting, evangelists, corporate meetings, support of domestic and foreign missions) and as individual members (in families, offices, and neighborhoods). (Matt 28:18)
Racial, economic, and ethnic barriers are great, but the gospel is greater. Christ makes it possible for people of different backgrounds to come together as brothers and sisters. Bridgeway is a diverse group of people with varied giftings, backgrounds, and callings that are casting aside those differences in order to unite together in the common goal of worshipping God and advancing his kingdom. (1 Cor 12:12-27, Eph 2:14)
God has placed us in the lives of people living in this north Georgia cross section of cities and counties. We want to be good neighbors and seek to know, bless, and influence those around us. We want to intentionally remember and help the hurting, struggling, and forgotten in the area. We believe affecting the world begins with first helping those next door. (Jer 29:4-7, 1 Tim 5:8, Matt 22:39).
What We Believe
We are a Christian church that believes in the fallenness of humankind, inerrancy of Scripture, Lordship of Jesus, and sovereignty of a triune God. You can read our full statement of faith here.