In the beginning, CrossPointe was simply a dream. A vision. A belief that if a church was truly about the kingdom of God, then the church would thrive. We believed if we simply wanted to reach people with the Gospel, teaching them to simply love God and as a result love others, we could see God do tremendous things!
In the Spring of 2007, Pastor Brian was serving as Associate Pastor of RockPointe Church, in Flower Mound. RockPointe was a church that Brian and his wife, Mandie, had helped start with the Pastor, Ron Holton. Early in 2007, Pastor Brian and his wife begin to sense that God was preparing them for a new season of ministry. Later that same month, the Elders of RockPointe unannounced and unprompted began considering the possibility of planting a church in the Corinth area. March 2007, RockPointe announced they would be planting a church in the Lake Cities area and Brian would be leading the plant. June 2007, CrossPointe had it's first worship service in the living room of a home in the Hickory Creek area. There were approximately 25 folks in attendance. CrossPointe met on a monthly basis through the summer of 2007, beginning weekly worship services in September of 2007.
From humble roots CrossPointe grew quickly and moved into Shady Shores Elementary where we continued to see God add to our numbers. We also saw God provide new opportunities to invest in the Kingdom through our partnership with LifePoint Church in North Oak Cliff. God allowed us to invest in LifePoint financially and through leveraging manpower at CrossPointe. in 2008 we saw 4500 people attend LifePoint’s Easter Eggstravaganza. By the end of 2008, we were growing internally and having the opportunity to participate in growth outside our four walls.
2009 was a tremendous year for CrossPointe! We continued to see the Lord add to our numbers, and continued to invest in LifePoint Church, partnering with the Lake Cities area to provide children’s events at 4th of July and Halloween while expanding our ministries to the teachers and faculty at Shady Shores Elementary. But 2009 was also significant for another reason. It marked our first church plant. Ross Appleton, who had served on our staff for the first two years, was commissioned and sent out by CrossPointe to plant Christ Community Church of Denton. In addition to all God was doing inside CrossPointe and through the churches we were helping plant, God opened a new opportunity for us to begin working in Zambia. Zambia would become an important part of many of our lives in the years to come. By the end of 2009, the vision of creating a network of churches that would work together to reach our communities for Christ was taking root and becoming a reality.
Any seed planted must have strong roots because storms will come. 2010 would prove to be a year of storms that would test us down to our roots. In February of that year, we lost our Associate Pastor. We spent much of the next several months walking our church through a restoration process and attempting to rebuild trust. As this storm began to clear and it seemed that brighter skies would soon shine through, Pastor Brian’s wife was diagnosed with a brain tumor, leading to a near leave of absence for Pastor Brian to care for Mandie. It was during this 5 month period that we watched our staff rise to the occasion and lead. We installed elders, acquired a new associate pastor and saw many of our members step into greater levels of leadership to fill in the gaps, keeping CrossPointe focused on it’s mission. Either of these storms individually would be enough to challenge the growth of an organization. But together, in the same year, they should have been catastrophic. But God was faithful, and through His power CrossPointe persevered, and weathered two great storms. By the end of 2010, CrossPointe had sustained the growth from previous years, and was storm tested.
The Book of Psalms says that “weeping lasts for a night, but joy comes in the morning...” 2011 was the dawning of a new morning for CrossPointe, having weathered two great storms, seeing that the roots held. CrossPointe became more focused than ever to see God use them in great ways. Our partnership with LifePoint and Christ Community Church of Denton were never stronger and we began to look across the street for new opportunities to reach out to our own community. We started a relationship with GracePoint Church in Little Elm, while internally, we began to see God grow the body of CrossPointe. New faces, new ministries, new opportunities all began to spring forth. We saw many give their lives to Christ and 27 precious souls follow Jesus in Believers Baptism! We began to fill the cafeteria and consider the addition of a second service. As a result of this growth, the Elders announced that we had begun searching for a permanent home for CrossPointe. But in addition to growth in our own community, God provided two opportunities to be involved in what He was doing outside the four walls of CrossPointe. In the fall of 2011, we commissioned and sent out Sam Pedigo, who had faithfully led our Missions and Pointe Groups, his wife and approximately 25 folks to Prosper, TX to plant Legacy Church. By the end of 2011, a new day had dawned, attendance had never been higher, more people were faithfully following Christ in baptism, and the vision that had begun as a simple dream had never been a more present reality.
In January of 2012 we launched a second service and have seen both services steadily growing. We’ve seen God grow the body of CrossPointe by nearly 50%! In September, we launched the “Families Matter” initiative and have added Kidz Pointe, doubled the number of Children’s workers, and previewed a new opportunity called “Impact: Kids on Mission.” In addition to new children’s programming, we’ve added some great ministries to our parents, such as the Real Issues class and the Marriage class. But God also has opened some great opportunities outside our 4 walls. Our partnership with LifePoint, Christ Community Church of Denton, Legacy Church and GracePoint Church continue to grow and see them reaching more of this area for Christ. In addition, God has presented new opportunities for us to partner with Mission Denton to reach those in low income apartment and mobile home complexes for Jesus. God’s opened doors for us to venture into South America, more specifically Peru. By our 5th anniversary, we were reminded that what once began as a small group of people planting the seed in a home in the Lake Cities area, continues to blossom into all God wants from it! What was once planted here, has grown here and now has deep roots in the Gospel’s work locally, nationally and internationally. God is good and continues to do amazing things for His glory through the imperfect people He has called to CrossPointe.