OUR STORY | WHAT WE BELEIVE
Welcome to Crossroads Community Church. Whatever your age or life story, you are welcome. You matter to God and you matter to us. It was in 1988 that a group of about 35 people began a journey together, desiring to serve our Lord and touch our community with His love. We called ourselves Crossroads Community Church. Located at the intersection of U.S. 29 North and Harve Mathis Road, Crossroads was a fitting name. It was soon apparent that we were there for the crossroads in people’s lives. “Where Faith Intersects Life” became our motto. We love the family atmosphere of Crossroads and we love doing church together. We look forward to seeing you soon as Crossroads Community Church.
What we believe
Although our approach is modern, what we believe is tried and true.
Our methods may change, but these are the foundational beliefs we’ll always hold on to as a church.
About the Bible
We believe that the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the inspired Word of God and that men were moved by the Spirit of God to write the very words of Scripture. Therefore, we believe the Bible is without error.
We believe in one personal God who exists eternally in three distinct persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, equal in power, authority and glory.
We believe Jesus Christ to be the virgin born Son of God who lived in flesh, died for the sins of the world, was buried, rose again bodily, and ascended to the Father.
About the Holy Spirit
We believe in the Holy Spirit who regenerates and indwells every believer in Jesus, assures us of our salvation, guides us into all truth, glorifies Jesus and convicts of sin, righteousness and judgment. He comforts us, gives us spiritual gifts, and empowers us for service. We encourage believers to seek both the gifts of the Spirit and the fruit of the Spirit as taught in Scripture. We believe in the ministry of “laying on of hands” for the purposes of prayer, ordination of ministry, blessing, healing, and dedication through faith.
We believe that all people were created in the image of God to have fellowship with him but became alienated in that relationship through sinful disobedience. As a result, people are incapable of regaining a right relationship with God through their own efforts.
We believe that the blood of Jesus Christ, shed on the cross, provides the only way for the forgiveness of sin. God freely offers salvation to those who place their faith in the death and resurrection of Christ as sufficient payment for their sin. Salvation cannot be earned – it is a gift from God.
About the Church
We believe in the universal church, the body of Christ, of which Jesus Christ is the head. The members of the church are those who have trusted by faith in the finished work of Christ. The purpose of the church is to glorify God by loving him, obeying Him and bringing the gospel to the world.
We believe in the personal, visible return of Christ to the earth and the establishing of His Kingdom, in the resurrection of the body, and the final judgment. We believe that our eternal destination of either heaven or hell is determined by our response to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Associate Pastor Chris Bailey has served at Crossroads Community Church since 1994. He and his wife Kelly have three children: Jackson, Jordan and Avery. Pastor Chris leads the Adult Bible Study on Wednesdays and serves as the main worship leader on Sundays. He preaches monthly and is heavily involved in the planning of special events for the church body. With a heart for preaching, teaching and music, Pastor Chris’ desire is to help people experience the truth of God’s Word and the life-changing power of the Holy Spirit.
Russell and Alison Cash
Russell and Alison Cash were married in 1985 and have been in ministry since 1987. Their goal is to help kids connect with Jesus and each other! They serve Pre-K through 5th grade every Sunday and Wednesday in Kid’s Church. They also oversee the nursery ministry. Other ministries include Vacation Bible School, Kids Summer Camp, Kids Campout, and the Kids Christmas Play. Russell and Alison have 2 kids and 6 grandkids.
Kay Dillard has been the administrative pastor at Crossroads Church since 2012. She and her husband Mike have been married since 1996. They have five children and fourteen grandchildren. Kay has served in ministry since 1986 in many ways including in children’s, youth, and adult ministries; missions; and church administration. She was ordained in 2009. In addition to serving as the administrative pastor, Kay coordinates the Young at Heart ministry, local outreach and benevolence. Kay is passionate about what she does; she counts it all as service to the Lord and a great blessing.
Mike Dillard was called to ministry in 1999. He graduated from Emmanuel College with a degree in Christian Ministries in 2003. He is now the visitation pastor at Crossroads church and serves the Lord with his wife Kay. They have five children and 14 grandchildren. His passion is to serve the Lord, follow His path for his life, and to be all that God has called him to be.
Joshua Kincaid served the Lord through Fellowship of Christian Athletes before coming to Crossroads Church. He teaches middle schoolers on Sunday mornings. He also leads Wednesday night Bible Study for both high school and middle school students. He currently attends Emmanuel college where he is studying to become a high school science teacher. His biggest goal is to see the lives of the young people around him be transformed by the Gospel.
Morris Sapp has been the senior pastor of Crossroads Church since 1989. He and his wife, Joy, have been married for 43 years, have two married daughters and six, awesome grandchildren. Having lived in Athens all his life, Pastor Morris knows that there is no greater mission field than your own backyard. He has a passion to see people live out their faith as they walk in a powerful relationship with Jesus. His dedication to the Lord and his love for people stand out in his life and ministry.