Crosspoint Church celebrates 50 years in Bangor
By The Rev. Jerry Mick
BANGOR– Crosspoint Church celebrated its 50th year anniversary as a church Monday, Aug. 7. Three hundred people gathered in the auditorium for a sit down catered meal, music, a video capsuling the 50 year history and a challenge from the keynote speaker, Jonathan Falwell, son of the late Jerry Falwell.
Jonathan pastors the historic Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, VA, one of the largest congregations in America. The church is also known for birthing Liberty University, the largest Christian University in the world.
Falwell challenged the church to continue to pursue its mission and used references from the life of Daniel and the apostle Paul from scripture to reinforce his challenge. I highlighted the 50 years with the following points at the celebration through a produced DVD that was shown to the attendees.
In September of 1966, a small group of eight to twelve people gathered at the local YWCA to begin what was Bangor Baptist Church, now Crosspoint Church.
In November of 1966, the church moved to Pushaw Road and occupied the small white church that still stands today. On October 19, 1967, Bangor Baptist was incorporated. The church’s mission statement is “to bring people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.” That has been our motto that has guided our ministry for many years.
The ministry sits on 38 ½ acres 2 miles from Interstate-95. The church began in the founding pastor’s home and moved to the YWCA, it then moved to a small church on Pushaw Road and then to its location on Broadway. After being in the brick building a short time, the current church building was completed in 1973. The men of the church worked very hard to help construct the building. It was a tremendous, challenging project but the church was up to the task.
The church began a Christian school in 1970 which was located on French Street. In 1971, the school had three graduates and it was well on its way to establishing roots in Bangor. Over the years, the school has grown and it became the first Christian school in the state of Maine to be accredited in 1999 by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. As of this, year the school still maintains 300 students K4-12.
The church started Christian radio, WHCT 88.5, in the Bangor area as an educational station through Bangor Christian Schools. The station grew from 10,000 watts to 100,000 watts reaching much of Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. In 1997, the church purchased another radio station to reach young people; this 50,000-watt station went on the air in 1998, WHMX 105.7 FM. Four years ago, the church gifted both stations to Radio Lighthouse Network.
Mission trips have been a huge component of the church’s mission. Every year since 2000, the church has taken an adult mission trip to various places around the world. The church has taken trips to places like Belize, the Philippines, Nepal, Cambodia, Tanzania, Zambia and Ghana to name a few. Many have been blessed by helping others around the world and the church has been strengthened by these trips.
In 2001, the church felt a school of higher Christian education was needed and funded the beginning of Grace Evangelical College, now NEBC, and Grace Evangelical Seminary. The college and seminary has numerous campuses throughout the state of Maine and the main campus resides on the Odlin Rd. in Bangor. The school uses local clergy from around the state who have graduate degrees to teach and bring real church life experiences and academic excellence to the students. I serve as the President of the college and seminary.
The SGH was opened for clients in 2003 to help young ladies who found themselves pregnant and wanted to have their child. This ministry has helped scores of babies be born and helped countless moms get their lives headed in the right direction.
Over the years, the church has endeavored to have first class facilities to help people assimilate into the church. In 2005 a brand new nursery was constructed right off the auditorium allowing moms to be closer to their babies.
In 2006 the church redid the balcony and constructed a $300,000, 6,000 square foot state of the art children’s center to create an environment suited for kids when they come to church.
On July 28, 2013 the church opened an 8,000 square foot building named the Trudy Wilson Thrive Teen Center to minister to middle school and high school students who desperately need to be reached and challenged to serve the Lord in this culture. This was a million dollar building in which the church membership paid off in three years.
A major step for the church was a name change. On December 13, 2015 the membership voted overwhelming, 83%, to change the name of the church to Crosspoint Church. The name was chosen because we endeavor to point people to the cross of Calvary.
In 2016 we opened Crosspoint café so folks could do life together before and after a morning service. This has been a great tool of bringing people together and added fellowship which is always important in the Christian experience.
The church has no mortgage on land and properties and its facility is valued at approximately 10 – 12 million dollars.