Pastors Gerald and Jeri Hilley were very close friends of Pastor John Osteen at Lakewood Church. In The 1970's, the Lord called them to pastor a small church starting in Dayton, Texas. The Lord has done many miraculous things in the near 40 years that they pastored. Pastor Gerald Hilley's focused teaching on love, faith, healing, grace and salvation are the foundational blocks of Eastgate Church. Pastor Gerald and Jeri Hilley recently retired in August of 2016. Eastgate Church was started in 1975 as a Bible believing church that reaches out to the lost world and helps other believers to grow in Jesus.