Who we are
Share Jesus with you
Build you in wholeness and holiness
Empower you to fulfill your God-given purpose
Crossroads Café – Refreshments and Conversation
Worship Service – Praise, Prayer, Giving, Preaching and Sacraments
Children and Teen Program – Worship and age-appropriate Bible Lessons for Nursery through Senior Teens
Point of Light Group – Connecting, Caring and Being Cared For
It began with a dream. Dwight Gregory, a young man from Colorado, had a God-given dream to start a church-planting movement in Northeastern New Jersey. In 1971 Dwight relocated to New Jersey and began meeting with several people in a home in Fair Lawn. In January 1973, this small group began to meet in the YWCA in Passaic and took the name Crossroads. They continued to grow, and in January 1975, Dwight’s dream became a reality: The group officially became Crossroads Free Methodist Church with eleven members. The church outgrew the YWCA and began renting the First Congregational Church on High Street in Passaic. As Crossroads continued to grow, an assistant pastor, Hector Fernandez, was hired to minister to the growing Spanish population of Passaic. A parsonage was purchased by Crossroads in 1978 and served as the home for the pastor.
In 1982, Pastor Gregory left to concentrate on developing other churches in the metropolitan area, including Spanish, Japanese, Haitian, and Brazilian groups. Reverend Howard Olver became the pastor of Crossroads Church. The English and Spanish congregations of Crossroads continued to grow, and they dreamed of having their own facility. After three years of raising money, the dream became a reality: The old PSE&G building on Main Avenue in downtown Passaic was purchased, and it became Crossroads Church. The English and Spanish congregations shared the building on Main Avenue. By 1986, the dream continued to develop, and the Spanish congregation became recognized as Primera Iglesia Metodista Libre de Passaic. Due to the declining Anglo population in Passaic, the Crossroads English congregation decided to relocate in December 1988. The church building on Main Avenue was given to the Spanish congregation, and Crossroads relocated to the auditorium of Clifton’s Public School Number 3 on Washington Avenue. Thereafter, for several years Crossroads rented Trinity Lutheran Church on Madison Avenue in Clifton.
Our Current Crossroads Home
Crossroads continued to grow in rented facilities under the strong leadership of Pastor Doug Cross and Pastor David Ellis. In 1997, Pastor Ellis and the leaders of Crossroads Church had a dream to have a building that would accommodate the needs of the Crossroads congregation. They initiated a building campaign to raise funds. It was a three-year campaign with the theme “Building a People for God.” At the end of three years, that dream became a reality and Crossroads was able to purchase a VFW hall at 195 Piaget Avenue, Clifton. The VFW hall, a former bar that had been abandoned, was transformed into a powerful place of worship. The first service was held on Easter Sunday 2000.
In July 2001, Pastor Willie and Pastor Daisy Kirchhofer were appointed to lead Crossroads. In 2002, God did a miracle: The old parsonage was sold, and a smaller home for the pastors was purchased completely debt-free in Clifton. Since 2001, the congregation has grown in attendance from 80 to 140. The dream has also continued. Spanish worship services under the leadership of Pastor Camilo Mora started in 2004. That group is now a separate congregation in Paterson. An Arabic congregation was started in 2008 under the leadership of Pastor Samah Mitry. The Arabic group now numbers 20. A ministry to Muslims was started in 2011.
Hundreds of men and women and boys and girls have been saved through the ministry of Crossroads. Each week the worship, welcome, and media ministries lift up the name of Jesus. Master’s Mile classes, Point of Light groups, Sunday school classes for children, VBS, nursery programs, Crossroads Biblical Institute, and life-skills seminars are building people. Men’s, women’s, and couples’ ministries are empowering people. Prayer ministry and world missions groups are touching the world. Love in Action, Angel Tree, and hospitality ministries have been meeting needs powerfully. God has been at work fulfilling His dream.
In 2010 the pastors and leaders of Crossroads prayed for God to bless us and extend our territory (I Chronicles 4:10). In the beginning of 2011, God gave us His dream. God has called us to build The Crossroads Ministry Center. The dream is driven by a deep desire to share with all people the love of Jesus and to build and empower them to fulfill the dream God has for them. In addition to expanded worship, fellowship, and teaching space, The Crossroads Ministry Center will include the following:
Crossroads Family Center – Building strong, God-centered families
Crossroads Youth Center – Empowering young people to live God-centered and whole lives
Crossroads Community Center – Sharing God’s love with those in need
Crossroads Ministry Training Center – Empowering leaders to lead and plant new ministries
Can you hear the children learning and growing in a loving environment? Can you picture the teens anxiously hurrying from school to the center? Can you imagine people in need looking to the center as a place of hope? Can you see people being trained and sent out to impact the world?
Can you see the dream?