Tag Archives: CrossRoads

Reclaiming Rural America for Christ: CrossRoads Harrison, Arkansas


Photo: Pastor Johnny Walters preaches.

By Carl Stagner

“This is rural America, where one rite of passage is hunting. Here, you don’t miss opening day of deer, turkey, or duck season!” Pastor Johnny Walters tells it like it is when it comes to doing ministry down in the Ozarks of northern Arkansas. Once part of a family music show in tourist-hot-spot Branson, Missouri, Pastor Johnny’s primary focus is now providing a safe place for broken people to find refuge and restoration in Jesus’ name. Though comprised of just seven members when Johnny began caring for the CrossRoads Community Church of God flock, about one thousand now call the thriving Harrison, Arkansas, church their home. Continue reading

Spread the Bread, Spread the Thread

By Katerina Hinkle

By 12:00 midnight, a line of cars is forming in the parking lot of Crossroads Church of God in Lima, Ohio. By 6:00 AM, people stretch far from the front door, despite the blistering cold. Inside, volunteers prepare to receive the crowd outside. They are busily transforming the sanctuary into a different kind of worship space—one that feeds the body as well as the soul. Continue reading

Kentucky Church Holds Adoption Sunday


By Carl Stagner

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.”—James 1:27 NRSV

On the first Sunday of December, CrossRoads Community Church of God in Elizabethtown, Kentucky held a special celebration service to celebrate adoption into God’s family and, at the same time, raise awareness for the orphaned. What originally began as an idea to share the story of a couple in the congregation who had adopted a child from Ethiopia, turned into a large-scale event involving many families. “We realized that we also had a couple that was adopting a newborn from a birth mother in Florida,” Pastor Ed Shonkwiler explains, “and another couple who are foster parents with five natural born children and six who are in the foster-care system. So we decided to take each of their stories and share them with the congregation.” Continue reading