In July of 1998, founding Pastor Ron Bowell and his wife Kerry moved to Salina to start a new church named CrossRoads. The grand opening of this “Church with a Difference” was on Easter Sunday, 1999. In 2001, CrossRoads purchased the largest night club in Salina and remodeled it into a facility for worship and teaching. Pastor Ron faithfully led the church for 22 years, and in August 2020 he was called to the position of Bishop of the Midwest Regional Conference of the Brethren in Christ. Having a heart for raising leaders, Pastor Ron began mentoring current Pastor Jesse Smith in 2015.
After growing up “going to church”, Pastor Jesse and his wife Kimmi lived worldly lives through their mid-20s. Jesse had a serious motorcycle accident in the Spring of 2004, which led them to question the direction their lives were headed. They first attended CrossRoads Church in the Fall of 2004 after moving home to Salina. They have been faithful attendees since 2006 and became members of the church in 2012. They led the Youth Group for three years, and Jesse felt a call to formal ministry in 2014. He left his corporate job in the spring of 2017 to enter ministry and was called by CrossRoads Church to become the next Pastor in the Spring of 2020.
Since opening, CrossRoads has been nicknamed the “Rehab Church” by many in the city, since a high percentage of our people have been (or are currently) struggling with addiction issues. CrossRoads Church is dedicated to helping people at the crossroads of life to find and follow the Way, the Truth, and the Life. CrossRoads is open to anyone who is looking for the missing piece of the puzzle in life. We are not a church like you remember as a kid. Worship services at CrossRoads are laid back, informal, contemporary, and they rock. We are a “Church with a Difference”. Come visit us each Sunday at 10:00am.
The CrossRoads Church is a ministry of the Brethren in Christ Church. (http://bic-church.org) Like all groups of churches, ours has some distinguishing characteristics. We believe that God calls believers to a unique path in comparison with the rest of the world. Becoming and being a Christian involves a struggle over coming to terms with the claims of Jesus. When we decide to let the Lord win, the Spirit can finally bring peace to our lives. Jesus then helps us to redefine our lifestyle and our loyalties as we follow him. We also, believe that God desires to touch our whole being with a felt love. Jesus teaches us what this love is all about. Becoming and being a Christian involves a relationship with Jesus in which we experience and express the presence of God′s Spirit in us. Another of our beliefs is that God wants our whole life to be under His influence. Jesus asks us to completely surrender our actions and our attitudes to Him. Becoming and being a Christian includes answering God’s invitation to become as much like Jesus as possible as we are filled up with the Spirit of God. And we believe God wants believers to be agents of change in our world through prayer, obedience, and service. Jesus wants us to Celebrate life and affect our society through active involvement in our community. Becoming and being a Christian brings with it a desire to see people, families, and society transformed by God′s spirit.