The Straight Gate Church of Christ (of the Greater Highway Church of Christ, Inc.) is a church rooted and grounded in the teachings of the Apostolic Faith; meaning simply, we teach what Jesus instructed his Apostles to teach, which is founded in the Old Testament and exhibited throughout the New Testament. We do not bring a new and modern doctrine, but rather a new and modern approach to winning souls for Christ - straight from the 'old path.' We are a Whole-Bible-teaching church with a great emphasis on teaching and living God's love. After all, what is a Christian without the love of God?
What We Believe
We believe that there is one God, the Almighty God. He is "Father" in Creation, "Son" in Redemption, and the "Holy Ghost" in the Church. We believe that there is only one method of obtaining salvation; God's way, according to Acts 2:38-39
"Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call." Acts 2:38-39
"Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of the water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again." John 3:3-7
Our pastor, Elder Timothy Veal Sr., was raised in a single parent home in North Philadelphia. Born number seven of eight children, his mother did her best to provide what she could. The one thing she always provided was a strong connection to the church. Elder Veal was raised in the Highway Church of Christ, located at 4128 W. Girard Ave, under the leadership of the late Bishop Andrew J. Ford, Sr. He was baptized at the age of seven, in the name of Jesus Christ; and at the age of twelve, was filled with the gift of the Holy Ghost.
At age 25, he was ordained to the position of Deacon, by Bishop Raymond F. Davis of Marion, SC.; who is the Executive Chairman of the Greater Highway Church of Christ, Inc. Deacon Veal served proudly his position for eight years, until he accepted his call to ministry in August of 2002, under the leadership of Bishop Robert G. Johnson, Sr., pastor and founder of New Life Temple GHCOC, in Lansdowne, PA.; now located in Morton, PA. Minister Veal was ordained to the office of Elder by Bishop Davis in October of 2011 and proudly serves this position today.
In February 2011, Pastor Veal founded Straight Gate Church of Christ, Inc., presently located at 1924 E. Clearfield Street, Philadelphia, PA 19134.
Pastor Veal has to his educational credits a Master of Human Services degree from Lincoln University, a Master of Theological Studies from Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University, and numerous years of study sitting at the feet of his Apostolic forefathers.
Aside of his educational accomplishments and his spiritual background, he will gladly tell you, in no uncertain terms, that if you want to go to heaven you better learn how to fight! Credentials mean nothing without obedience to the Word of God.
Pastor Veal has been married to Sister Sonya Veal, his first and only wife, since January 1990, and is the proud father of Timothy Jr., Darien, and their God-given daughter Taniesha. Some have called him a preacher, and others – a teacher, but if you ask him; he only desires to be a tool, fit for the Master’s use, holding fast to the
We hope and pray that you are blessed by this ministry. Our goal is to instruct people how to live lives pleasing to God and gain eternal life. The Lord is calling!