Austin O'Donald

The Gates Church, Maryland, Maryland

Lead Church Planter, Lead Church Planter
Dundalk Maryland, Dundalk Maryland
The Gates Church

About My Family

My wife, Meryl, and I moved to Baltimore, Md., in 2015 after having sensed God's call for a while to share the love of Jesus in a place full of many people. After serving in ministry for more than a decade in South Carolina, we moved our family of five a little farther north to be part of starting new churches in the Baltimore metro area, where more than 2.8 million people live.

About My Church Plant

Since 2017, we have been planting The Gates Church, whose mission is to gather people in the name of Jesus to change our world. We are passionate about seeing Jesus made famous in the East Baltimore area and to the ends of the earth.

NAMB Church Planting

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Austin O'Donald

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Please pray for our church as we minister to the community. Pray that we would build many new relationships and connect people to Jesus and His church. Pray for us as we hold worship services each Sunday, and pray that small groups would flourish as people meet Jesus and grow as disciples. Please pray for the Lord to protect our family and deliver us from the evil one. Pray for churches and individuals to be part of pushing back lostness in North America. Pray for the Father to send more workers into His harvest to join missionaries across our nation and the world.


We welcome you to commit to long-term missions support with us as your missionary partner. We invite you to join us on the field here on a short-term or long-term basis. Partnership support is needed and welcomed. We need your prayer more than we need anything else!
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Fund ID: 010265-O'Donald,Aust