LifeGate Downtown is an inter-denominational church in downtown Carrollton, GA, striving to live out the Biblical command to love God and love people. At LifeGate Downtown, an empty seat is a big deal because an empty seat means someone is missing out on the life change only found through Jesus Christ. We believe that saved people serve people, growing people change and your purpose has power. Our mission is for everyone to know God, find freedom, discover purpose and make a difference.
Mike and Shelly Barker, West Georgia natives, have served in different aspects of ministry for many years. They saw the need for life-giving churches and became passionate about church planting. After visiting Carrollton, both of them felt a strong, supernatural love for the city and knew they had found their home.
Pastors Mike and Shelly have a great passion for connecting others to God, each other, and their purpose. Seeing lives change through the ministry of LifeGate Downtown has been one of the greatest joys in their lives. They have one daughter, Micayla, who attends Luther Rice College and Seminary and loves to serve the kids in our community. In their free time they enjoy football games, coffee shops and spending time together at the beach.