Read: Habakkuk 3
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CROSSPOINT CHURCH HISTORY
The vision for Crosspoint Church began coming into focus in November 2004 as two couples, Pastor Ken Lewis and his wife Robin along with Mark and Cathy Welborn, prayed “Lord, our hearts are clean slates. Write what you want. We are yours." That prayer of surrender marked the end of a long season of wrestling with God. It also marked the beginning of assembling a team with a vision of impacting the nations for the glory of God by launching a church to reach the community and campus of Clemson, SC.
In successive weeks and months, the Lord repeatedly confirmed His leading to launch Crosspoint Church in Clemson. He raised up a number of people and churches to partner with the leaders to help realize this vision. East Pickens Baptist Church became the sponsoring church as the Pickens-Twelve Mile Baptist Association and the South Carolina Baptist Convention also joined in to support Crosspoint. A number of other individuals and churches came alongside as well, including First Baptist Church Pickens and Mudd Creek Baptist Church in Hendersonville, NC.
Late in the summer of 2005, three families moved to Clemson – Pastor Ken and his family from Asheville, NC, Associate Pastor Jeremy Chasteen and his family from Raleigh, NC, and Mark Welborn and his family from Brevard, NC. Thirty-seven people attended the first informal worship gathering on August 28, 2005 at the Baptist Student Center near the Clemson campus. That evening, the leadership team hosted an informational meeting to communicate the burden & vision for a new church in the Clemson community and over 70 people attended. On the second Sunday, 110 people gathered together for worship. As God continued to bring new people throughout 2006, Crosspoint relocated its worship gathering two times to accommodate everyone.
To cultivate biblical community and the purposeful application of Scripture, two Connecting Point home groups were started in the fall of 2005.
In the fall of 2006, the Connecting Point ministry was expanded and positioned to be able to continually create new groups. Crosspoint’s burden is for all in the community to experience authentic fellowship and spiritual transformation in a home group environment.
In 2007, the Lord opened a door for Crosspoint to rent the vacant Methodist building, adjacent to Clemson University's campus on Old Greenville Hwy. This facility allowed Crosspoint to continue to serve the university campus while expanding its ministry to families, providing space for children and students. In the meantime, God was working behind the scenes to open the door for Crosspoint to purchase the 5 acre Lakeview Plaza on Highway 123 in Clemson. Crosspoint moved into its new home at 1019 Tiger Blvd. in Clemson in September of 2009.
Crosspoint has a burden to reach the cross-section of people affiliated with the university as well as families in the surrounding communities. Through efforts on campus, hundreds of students have heard the gospel and many have surrendered their lives to follow Christ. Many adults & children from the surrounding community have experienced life change through the proclamation of the Word, as some have trusted in Christ as Savior and others have responded to God’s Word in obedience.
Crosspoint continues to position itself to impact the nations by making disciples in the greater Clemson community. We desire to see people from all over the campus and community become worshipers of our great God and King and then send them out to invest in the lives of others.