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Life Gate Baptist Church
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
April 12, 1970 — April 12, 2020
Life Gate Baptist Church has given over
a million dollars to world missions.

R everend Wayne Zimmermann has led Life Gate Baptist
for over 40 years as pastor. To help celebrate the occasion
of the church’s 50th Anniversary, James Ray, founding
pastor, was invited to speak. A great weekend of activities was
planned at the church. However, James Ray and his wife, Mary,
were not able to be present due to the restrictions placed on the
country with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wayne & Jenny Zimmermann
Pastor Zimmermann led a beautiful online service on Sunday, April 12. He cited past pastors,
including Glen Weeks, Clyde Simpson, and Robert Meyer. He read letters of greetings,
including a letter from the Rays.

James Ray recounted early events and experiences of the founding of the church in 1970.

He praised the believers who in the early days formed the foundation of the church as well
as those whom God had brought into the work in the years following. The city of Brisbane

Photo left: Pastor Wayne Zimmermann (left) with
James Ray (taken on a previous visit)
had a population of 800,000 when the Rays
arrived. The present population is two and a
half million. The pastor then read a letter from
Adrian Schrinner, the Lord Mayor of Brisbane.

Mayor Schrinner’s parents were converted
under the ministry of the Rays at Life Gate
Baptist Church.

Dear Pastor Zimmer
mann: It is with great pleasu
re that I offer my war
m congratulations to
Life Gate Baptist Chu
rch on reaching your
50th Anniversary.

This is a significant
achievement for any
or ga
many changes that
nization given the
have occurred over
time in our commun
Since its establishm
ity. ent, the Life Gate Bap
tist Church continue
to serve and spiritu
s ally nourish the peop
le of Mount Gravatt
and surrounding ar
eas. I am particularly ap
preciative of Life Gat
e Baptist Church fo
the important role it
r played in the life of
my own family and
early life as an infant
my . I have enclosed a co
py of the photograph
which shows my de
dication ceremony
at the church in 1977
. As Lord Mayor, I co
mmend you all for th
e invaluable suppor
and service the Life
t Gate Baptist Church
continues to provid
for the community
e and I again congratu
late you on this
significant mileston
e. Please accept my
best wishes for the
future. Photo above: James Ray preaching
at Life Gate on a previous visit
Yours Sincerely,
Adrian Schrinner