On November 8, 2009, The Crossroads Church celebrated the grand opening of its new building, which, not coincidentally, also commemorated the 10th anniversary of its very first service, a meeting that took place in the living room of one of the founding members. Led by Steve Harness, who had recently earned his Ph.D from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, the small group that met there felt that God had led them into this exciting adventure, but little did they know where exactly the journey would take them. With the gracious sponsorship of First Baptist Church of Elfers, they were soon renting the River Ridge School cafeteria for its Sunday morning services and, a few years later, relocated to a strip plaza on Ridge Road, just west of the Little Road and Ridge Road intersection.
In 2002, the young church was able to acquire 6.1 acres in the heart of River Ridge. This property had been purchased about ten years earlier through the vision of First Baptist Church of New Port Richey and with the assistance of the Suncoast Baptist Association and the Florida Baptist Convention. By this point, the group of church pioneers knew where their final destination would be, but the question still remained–when?
Now, at last, the question is answered. The state-of-the-art building accommodates nearly 200 people in worship and an additional 75 people in classrooms. With a multimedia screen, high-tech sound and lighting, and a modern facility with theater-like auditorium, the church is stationed for the future. Simply stated, the church’s purposes are to bring people into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and then enable them to grow in that relationship.
The location of our new church, the River Ridge community, is a fast growing community which has no other church in it at the present time. It has been one of the primary targets for a new church in the north Tampa Bay area for several years.
In January of 2015, the church called its second pastor, Joe Allotta. His heart and passion is to equip and encourage believers to go and live-out Christ’s Mission. Early on in his tenure, he transitioned the church from being pastor-led to an elder led model. He is working on building smaller groups that live, worship, and act in the community.
Those that attend love the family atmosphere, great worship, and powerful preaching. Come visit yourself sometime.