OUR HISTORY

Cross Roads Baptist Church was organized September 19, 1915, with fifteen charter members. They were Joe Bridger, Mr & Mrs. Tom Taylor, Mr. & Mrs. Eugene Buford, Mr. & Mrs. Vern Baldridge, Henry Jenkins, Sam Thomas, Braden Thomas, Mr. & Mrs. Edmon Speight, Miss Effie Speight, and Wheet Thomas.

 

Soon after organization, the church voted to assume the name Cross Roads Baptist Church and was admitted to the Friendship Baptist Association, which is now the Crockett Baptist Association. Cross Roads Baptist Church met in the Cross Roads School until a building was constructed. The building committee was appointed on July 8, 1916. The church was first located on the lot behind the present church building, near Johnsons Grove Road. Later the building was moved, by rolling on logs, to its present location on the Love Road side of the property.

 

When Cross Roads pastors were first called, they preached approximately one Sunday per month, holding three services the same day. The church has had thirty-two pastors. They were V.E. Boston, Bickers, Baker, Camp, West, Agnew, Brown, Utley, Pierce, Smith, Bailey, Fitzgerald, Patterson, Todd, Sewell, Tapp, Wimberly, Hunter, Billy Copeland, Lewish Parrish, Paul Bryant, HD Hudson, Garry Miller, Terry Bradshaw, Jack Sinclair, Herbert Higdon, Bill Russell, Frank Kemper, Bobby McCord, Stacy Goodwin and our current pastor, Josh Simmons. The church has benefited from the ministry of each pastor.

 

According to church records, the first deacons were Eugene Buford, Ike Bridger, Rex Buford, H. C. Culwell, and W. T. Via.

 

The church progressed from half-time to full-time preaching in 1947. Bro. Oscar Patterson was the first full time pastor. In 1948 the church returned to half-time preaching until 1966 when Bro. Lewis Parrish was called full-time.

In 1963 the church voted to add additional space to the building. The new construction included additional classrooms, a dining area, and two restrooms. In 1963 the church purchased a parsonage. In 1971 the first organ was presented to the church by the family of Dan Via. In 1972 a larger building program was begun. This included extra classrooms, a larger dining area, kitchen and the bricking of the church.

 

In 1974 Rev. Lewis Parrish led the Crockett Baptist Association to oppose sale of liquor in Crockett County. In 1978 the church began a building program to renovate the sanctuary and the work was completed the following year. In 1980 the church paid off the debt on the sanctuary remodel. That same year the church began another building program to add a new education building. The education building was completed in 1981. In 1984, the debt on the education building was retired. In 1995, after a generous gift from the estate of Lemmie and Lessie Gooch, the church built a full court gymnasium, with attached kitchen, two nursery rooms, and restrooms.

 

Over the last 100 years, Cross Roads has grown from fifteen members to the current membership of over 200. Several have come and gone. There have been multiple members surrender to vocational ministry as pastors and missionaries. Many we have known and loved through years have gone to their heavenly home. Cross Roads stands today because of the grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and because of the commitment of the men and women who have dedicated their lives and given of their resources to support its ministry. Should the Lord tarry, our prayer is that Cross Roads will stand as a beacon of truth in this community for the generations to come.

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