Who We Are

 CrossRoads Front View

Who: CrossRoads Community Church can trace its roots to Eastern Hills Bible Church in Manlius. Several regular attenders at EHBC resided in Chittenango, among them Mick Keville, an associate pastor at the church. Mick, a former star athlete at Chittenango High and leading man in the school’s production of “Camelot” opposite his future wife, Betsy (Button), had resigned from the Navy after 10 years following his graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy to heed God’s call and enter the ministry. While attending Dallas Theological Seminary he did pick up one nasty habit, becoming a Cowboys fan. Other than that he is homegrown through and through. In mid-1996 the idea to plant an offshoot of EHBC in Chittenango was hatched and roughly 30 members of three EHBC life groups (weekly Bible studies) eventually committed to the vision. The first service was held in October 1998 with Mick as pastor and about 70 in attendance. Since then we have grown to roughly 250 regular attenders at our two Sunday morning services. Our official affiliation with EHBC ended in December 2003 when we incorporated as a separate church, although we remain in close fellowship and cooperate directly on our outreach to Ghana.

What: Folks driving past our building and seeing our sign out front may wonder the denomination with which CrossRoads affiliates. The answer is none. We as a church family believe in the verbal inspiration of the original writings of the Old and New Testaments, and we believe they are of supreme and final authority for faith and life. We believe in one God, eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe Jesus Christ was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, and in Him perfect humanity and undiminished deity are united forever. We believe he died on the cross, was raised from the dead on the third day, ascended bodily into the presence of God in Heaven and lives there now to intercede on our behalf. We believe man was created by God and in God’s image. We believe man sinned by disobeying God and thus incurred spiritual death, which is separation from God, and physical death. We believe the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ took place so man might be reconciled unto God. Finally, we believe that anyone who believes in Jesus Christ as personal Savior receives right standing before God and eternal life.

Where: Our current building, at the “crossroads” of Lakeport and Fyler roads in the Town of Sullivan, was once home to the former Chittenango Station Free Methodist Church. It became available by God’s grace at the time we were seeking a location for meeting.

When: We hold our regular services every Sunday at 9 and 10:30 a.m.

Why: Our motivation can best be explained by our mission statement: “Bringing Christ’s compassion to people at the Crossroads of life.” For us, that has meant service to our community in the form of an afterschool program for Middle School students in our Community Life Center; special Christmas and Easter productions held annually at Chittenango High School often featuring words and music produced by our own members; a “Share the Harvest Festival & Celebration” at Thanksgiving, which served more than 100 families last year; “Praise & Dessert” events that feature music and goodies and are open to the public; an annual OzStravaganza float featuring one of our music teams as part of the town’s annual OzFest celebration; and involvement in the Concert for Hunger, the Community Thanksgiving Service and services at the Grand Community Nursing and Rehab Center (formerly Stonehedge). Internally, we help each other through several ministries, from hospital visits to offering child-care to providing meals and rides for those hurting … wherever there is a need among our church family members we try to meet it. Finally, we have established partnerships in Ghana and Guatemala, sending teams of CrossRoads members to both countries to provide financial, spiritual and hands-on assistance (translation: sweat investment) to those in need. Mission statements are all the rage these days. At CrossRoads, our mission statement is our motivation for existence.

How: The ministries noted above, and there are many more, are run by folks just like you with children to raise, bills to pay and careers to pursue. How do we do it? The critical ingredient is the desire to “bring Christ’s compassion to people at the Crossroads of Life.” That desire is nurtured by the way we worship, how we connect with each other and members of the community, a commitment to grow more like Christ every day, a willingness to share our faith with others and a passion to serve joyfully. A typical worship service at CrossRoads features contemporary Christian worship music with guitars, keyboards, bass and drums followed by a time of prayer and sharing followed by a teaching lesson from Mick or our worship pastor, Steve Case. The message usually focuses on one area of practical Christian living, with the Scriptures serving as the guiding light. Attenders are also invited and encouraged to join a life group, where the Bible is studied in more depth in an intimate setting. The typical CCC life group consists of eight to 12 people and meets weekly in the home of one of the members. It is in these groups, where close bonds are formed, that commitment and growth are galvanized into the action of sharing our good news with others and displaying Christ’s compassion wherever it is needed.

That, in a nutshell, is our story. God began writing it in October 1998 and has completed several exciting chapters since then, yet we know the best is yet to come. We invite you to become a part of it.