Shepherd Gate held its first service on January 26, 1986. Our history actually precedes this date. Most of our original congregation came from Christian Assembly Center in Vienna,Virginia. Our pastor, Daniel B. Duis, served in ministry with the pastor there, Derrel Emmerson, from 1974 until the founding of Shepherd Gate. Recognizing the continuing growth in the western suburbs, it became apparent that a church needed to be planted in the Dulles airport area. Though we are a self-governing church, we owe much to those who stood with us through the birthing of this local congregation.
Before our first service, we met for seven weeks of prayer believing that the foundation of our labors must always be preceded by prayer. For our first three years we held services in Floris Elementary School. To accommodate our growing congregation, we moved to Benjamin Franklin Intermediate School in 1989. We moved into The Lee Jackson Building on Sullyfield Circle in 1992. We purchased 13 acres of land off of Route 50 on Pleasant Valley Road and moved into our own building on March 24, 2002.