10 Years of God’s Grace

10 Years of God’s Grace

A History and Celebration of Crossroads Christian Church

Written by member Megan Samelson

Every Sunday morning since 2005, Crossroads Christian Church has gathered in the auditorium of Courtenay Elementary School in the Ravenswood neighborhood of northern Chicago. The church has been especially busy this year, canvassing neighborhoods, boosting its social media presence and hosting fellowship events not only to spread God’s word and invite others to church, but also to promote an entire weekend of events celebrating its anniversary. By the grace of God, Crossroads celebrated its ten year anniversary in October!

A self-started church in an urban environment, Crossroads began when a small group of young, working professionals realized their options to worship with like-minded Christian brothers and sisters in Chicago was lacking. For a time, they would meet in local pizza joints to enjoy each other’s company and to grow in faith together. It wasn’t long, however, before that small seed of devotion grew into a great body of believers who yearned for a church. Today, with Pastor Mike Borgwardt at its helm, Crossroads continues to grow and has an impact on everyone who walks through its doors.

As Church Secretary Jamie Zahn explains, “we are small, but we don’t act small.” This statement rang ever true the weekend of the Crossroads Anniversary celebration. The church hosted two milestone events over the weekend of October 24-25 in celebration of ten wonderful years together. On Saturday, it held a live concert in the Crossroads Ministry Center, featuring an array of talented singer-songwriters from the area, several of whom are great friends of Crossroads if not members themselves. The concert was cozy and intimate, creating an atmosphere of warmth and positive vibes as it recognized both God’s grace and the abilities of some of Chicago’s most talented performers.

That Sunday, Crossroads held a special anniversary service, drawing in old and new friends alike. A joyous 130 souls were in attendance for the Sunday worship, including mission counselor and Pastor Ed Schuppe, who was part of the original discussion to make Crossroads Christian Church a reality ten years ago. The service was full of songs of praise and thanksgiving, enriched by the congregation’s worship band and anniversary choir. A potluck followed the service, where guests, friends, family, and current and former members were able to share stories and fond memories of the church’s humble beginnings. Reflecting over his own experiences at Crossroads, Congregational President Matt Ninke says, “It is easy to see that God has blessed this church.”

The church has come a long way since its pizza parlor Bible study days. While it remains a home mission working out of rented space, the dedicated members of Crossroads continue to work hard to spread God’s Word in their community. In addition to weekly Bible Study after church, the congregation hosts many fellowship events throughout the year to grow in God’s word together and to engage fellow Chicagoans who may not yet know Jesus. Many of these events are geared towards serving the community, too — and serving the world. Last year, Crossroads sent a team of eight volunteers to build a house for an underprivileged family in Nicaragua. And just this year, Crossroads received a grant from the synod, enabling the church’s upcoming initiative to befriend and serve refugee families in Chicago. The congregation also recently moved into its own Ministry Center where small group events occur and mid week services are held. No matter how they gather, Crossroads members keep Jesus at the heart of all that they do together. 

cozy and intimate, creating an atmosphere of warmth and positive vibes as it recognized both God’s grace and the abilities of some of Chicago’s most talented performers.

That Sunday, Crossroads held a special anniversary service, drawing in old and new friends alike. A joyous 130 souls were in attendance for the Sunday worship, including mission counselor and Pastor Ed Schuppe, who was part of the original discussion to make Crossroads Christian Church a reality ten years ago. The service was full of songs of praise and thanksgiving, enriched by the congregation’s worship band and anniversary choir. A potluck followed the service, where guests, friends, family, and current and former members were able to share stories and fond memories of the church’s humble beginnings. Reflecting over his own experiences at Crossroads, Congregational President Matt Ninke says, “It is easy to see that God has blessed this church.”

The church has come a long way since its pizza parlor Bible study days. While it remains a home mission working out of rented space, the dedicated members of Crossroads continue to work hard to spread God’s Word in their community. In addition to weekly Bible Study after church, the congregation hosts many fellowship events throughout the year to grow in God’s word together and to engage fellow Chicagoans who may not yet know Jesus. Many of these events are geared towards serving the community, too — and serving the world. Last year, Crossroads sent a team of eight volunteers to build a house for an underprivileged family in Nicaragua. And just this year, Crossroads received a grant from the synod, enabling the church’s upcoming initiative to befriend and serve refugee families in Chicago. The congregation also recently moved into its own Ministry Center where small group events occur and mid week services are held. No matter how they gather, Crossroads members keep Jesus at the heart of all that they do together.