Crossroads had its beginning in 1977 when a retired Christian Missionary Alliance pastor by the name of Ron Carlson gathered a group of Bible-hungry believers together to form a Bible study. Pastor Carlson rented the Kennewick City Recreation Center for Sunday morning activities. A study of Revelation was chosen as the initial offering and was advertised in the Tri-City Herald as a non-denominational study for all who would be interested. The group started small, but grew rapidly, and Mrs. Carlson started Sunday School classes for the children that came to the Bible study with their parents. Pastor Carlson decided to name the group Crossroads Bible Church.
When attendance reached about fifty, the city facilities became too small and Crossroads moved to the former Church of God building on Kennewick Avenue. Attendance continued to climb to a peak of about seventy, and Pastor Carlson recommended that an associate pastor be brought in to assist with the care of the growing flock. The church board decided to seek assistance from the Evangelical Free Churches of America with finding a suitable candidate, and a young youth pastor from Seattle, Lee Kisman, soon applied for the position. Following interviews and preaching opportunities, the board decided to call Lee Kisman as pastor of Crossroads with Pastor Carlson remaining as his advisor.
In 1982, the Church of God building was sold and Crossroads once again was on the move, this time to the Kennewick Grange on Union Street. Attendance remained strong for the next several years with active Sunday School and Youth Group participation.
In 1990, the church and parsonage buildings at 300 S. Quincy Street became available, and Crossroads purchased the properties as their first real “home.” A few years later, the adjacent lots to the west of the church building were purchased to complete what is the current campus occupying most of the block between Quincy and Rainier Streets on West 3rd Avenue in Kennewick.
Over the next many years, various pastors and members of the church participated in leadership and preaching.
In June of 2014, Crossroads welcomed Tim Karr and his family to serve as the pastor of Crossroads Bible Church. Tim is passionate about preaching the Word of God, and seeing people grow to love and worship God through the transforming power of the gospel.
But Crossroads is not about the number of years we’ve been in existence, or the number of times we’ve moved, or the number of buildings with which God has blessed us; it’s about people – people who have come to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and continue to love Him and others in their daily lives.
God has transformed many lives at Crossroads over the last 37 years and used many of those who have spent time in our midst in profound ways for the Kingdom of God. Many of our former “Crossroads Kids” are in full-time ministry; others are active members of their home churches working diligently for the Lord where He’s planted them. We continue to impact our “Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria” through prayer, the Word, and the love of Christ; and that will never change as long as the Lord has us here in Kennewick. We may be a little church, but our God is a very big God and He does very big things through us–much bigger things than we are able to imagine or think. We hope you’ll come join us and become part of God’s history for His Kingdom and His glory! We look forward to seeing you this Sunday at Crossroads!