I want to welcome you to Crossgate.
I am Ron, the Senior Pastor. I'm married to Christine and we have four children who are all involved in church life, and six grandchildren.
I became a Christian when I was 10 years old, after growing up in a Christian family. I left school at 15 to work on the family farm, and started working in youth ministry at 16.
God gave me the vision for a community church in the village of Longton back in 1989, a church for people who didn't know God. After several years of prayer, we started the church in 1995. It has continually grown since then; we've hired lots of different meeting places, and changed to multiple services to accommodate the growth. In 2015 we purchased a building in Preston for renovation, which we moved into in 2016 for our Sunday services.
The vision for our church has now grown city-wide. Along with our sister charity Serve Our Community, we are able to work in our local area - Preston and South Ribble - with the police, council and lots of different agencies. We love having this opportunity to show people the love of Jesus by loving them ourselves. Keeping Jesus at the centre of what we do, we're able to see real transformation, introducing people to the first steps of a journey discovering who God is, all He has for each of us and to help them fly in their God-given potential.
I hope and pray that you will feel welcome and at home here; that you will experience God's love and that your life is transformed by what God has in store for you, for our church and for our wider community.
Come and join us, it'd be great to see you!