Citygate was formed in 2004 and initially led by Jonathan Bird. Citygate first functioned under the umbrella of City in Focus and became its own non-profit entity in 2013In 2018, Jonathan moved on to work with Union Gospel Mission and the board of Citygate approached Tim Dickau to revive the organization and implement a renewal of its vision.

In May 2020, Tim began to re-establish Citygate’s vision, board and work. That initial work focused on dialogue with individual leaders across the city and holding consultations with churches, pastors and boards. Following those first months, the organization honed in on its focus of developing networks of churches, para-church organizations and other entitites. These networks are collaborating with each other and the wider city to address vital areas of need such as refugee displacement, food insecurity, poverty amongst students in school,  unaffordable housing, underutilized church properties and the need for church renewal.

Through forming these networks augmented by conferences and consultations, Citygate is helping churches engage their neighborhoods and address the issues of our city in a fuller and more fruitful way.