A letter from the founder

God places all of us on a journey in life. Bert has always been on a journey for the Lord. “Cowboy”, as his friends knew him growing up both managed and played team sports. That experience opened his eyes to teamwork. Which then drew him to be called to his military service, joining the United States Air Force. After four years in the Air  Force, Bert officially accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior on July 15th, 1990. While proudly serving this great nation, Bert was called by the Lord to heal the hurting.

He began mentoring the younger service members. Additionally, led numerous Sunday school classes, prison ministries and provided private spiritual counsel to all in need. Wherever he went, ALWAYS sharing God’s word (2 Timothy 4: 2). During these experiences, the Lord planted the seed of Gateway to Heaven (GTH) ministries in his heart. So began the journey Bert is on today. Serving God’s army!

GTH has been a true labor of love for him. His ministry is designed to service Pastors, First Responders & Veterans. By offering seekers a weekend retreat for true spiritual healing and guidance. The goal is to bring salvation to all. Helping those who have lost their way rededicate their lives to Christ. To love them and meet them right where they are. His ministry targets all people the that are seeking to change their lives.

At Gateway to Heaven Ministries, the belief is there are men and women out there that do not have a relationship with our Heavenly Father. Bert’s desire is to win the lost, teach the saved, and train and equip all servants of Gods kingdom to serve (Luke 19:10).

Once a location and/or facility is built, GTH will begin offering all inclusive weekend retreats. With guest speakers, activities and so much more! (Psalms 23:3) TBD.

On behalf of myself and the whole GTH ministry team….

Welcome & We look forward to guiding you in your spiritual walk with Christ.

Your Brother in Christ,

Bert Schmidt

Gateway to Heaven Ministries

Founder & Director

Current Board of Directors

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Hubert Schmidt

President & Treasurer

Hubert “Bert” is a man of God first and foremost! His ultimate desire is to serve God’s kingdom.

Bert holds a pastoral degree accreditation from the International School of Ministry.

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Jeremiah Stillings


Jeremiah is a spirit on fire for the Lord. His gift is Spiritual Warfare, and his ultimate desire is for the Lord to use him in His war.

Jeremiah holds an Associate in Applied Science for IT Business Support, among other certificates for programming computers.

Laura Bondurant


Event Manager

Laura is a woman who lives to serve God. Her gift is best described as a Forbearance of Love which she delivers with Faithfulness. Her ultimate desire is for God to use her where she is needed most.

Laura can offer professional guidance to others and does so daily in her role as a Chaplain at Trinity Hospice Care of Georgia. She holds a Clinical Pastoral Education Certificate along with a BS in Religion, a Masters of Divinity, and is currently working on her Doctorates at the Jakes Divinity School.