Crossroads Church History
Celebrating 50 faithful and fruitful years of ministry.
Crossroads Church of Saginaw County is a community of Christ-followers and seekers gathering in Swan Creek Township. We typically live in Brant, Bridgeport, Chesaning, Clio, Freeland, Hemlock, Merrill, Oakley, Owosso, Saginaw, and St. Charles. We really work hard to provide needs and answer questions people are asking. We love being available to walk with people in faith, family, friends, and fun while we serve God and each other in this community, county, country and literally around the world.
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Crossroads Church History
Crossroads Church of Saginaw County is a community of Christ-followers and seekers gathering in Swan Creek Township. We typically live in Brant, Bridgeport, Chesaning, Clio, Freeland, Hemlock, Merrill, Oakley, Owosso, Saginaw, and St. Charles. We work hard to provide for the real needs of people and answers to the real questions people are asking. We love gathering in our continuing journeys in faith, family, friends, and fun while we serve God and each other.
In March 1965, a group of Christ-followers met at a home on North St. in St. Charles, Michigan, sharing a burden for God and reaching into the community with the gospel according to Jesus Christ. The meeting that took place began a process resulting the formation of Trinity Baptist Church. Cornerstone University, Larry Mattis Director of Galilean Baptist Missions, and Pastor Joseph Balbach (Grace Baptist Saginaw), along with many, prayed and served alongside each other. Missionary Pastor Tad Jameson and Pastor Jeffrey Williams (over forty years) both prayed and worked tirelessly here.
Our physical journey passed from that first home, homes, VFW Post, and the Shaupp School, right here at our present property. The process was filled with opportunities to praise God for His evident blessing.
Through it all, the church taught God’s grace and sought to remain committed to the mission statement: “Leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.”
In 2018, the process of prayerfully and purposefully considering a name change began. We deliberately moved through the process of clarifying our direction and how best we should pursue fulfilling the Great Commission.
Mission: We exist to glorify God and make disciples locally and globally.
Vision: Helping people connect, belong grow, and reach the world for Christ.
The primary reason for the name change is a clear growth strategy, homogeneous with our mission and vision that a new name is capable of providing. Along with many other evangelical churches, we believe God desires His Church and this local church to be committed to two (2) primary truths.
First: The Bible is The Word of God. It is the authority of God breathed out by God.
Second: Jesus is The Christ, The Son of The Living God. Jesus is The Way, The Truth and The Life. Everyone who comes to God comes through Jesus. Faith in what He has accomplished for our salvation is the only means of receiving eternal life.
For the sake of what God has for us in his can be a new beginning by this church seeking to be redemptive, real, relevant and right now.
The Focus of Crossroads Church:
Our focus is upon The Cross
Our focus is upon The Christ
Our focus is upon The Crisis
Our focus is upon The Crucial Choice
Our focus is upon The Great Commission
Our focus is upon The Great Commandment
Our focus is upon every cross-road everyone arrives at with relationship to:
Christ, Church, and Character
The Great Commission-Matthew 28:19-20 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Great Commandment-Matthew 22:36-40 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
“We believe that we will most Biblically become a great church as we live out together the great commission and the great commandment.”