I want to welcome you to Crossgate.
I am Ron, the Senior Pastor. I am married to Christine and we have four children, and six grandchildren, all our children are involved in church life.
I grew up in a Christian family and became a Christian when I was 10 years old. I left school at 15 to work on the family farm. I 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 the unchurched. After several years of prayer, we started the church in 1995. It has continually grown since then, we started off meeting in a Primary School, and since then we've needed to hire different meeting places, then change to multiple services. In 2015 we purchased a building in Preston for renovation, which we moved into in 2016.
The vision how now grown city-wide, and along with our sister charity Serve Our Community, we work in the community with the police, council and more than 50 difference agencies, reaching people and showing God's love to individuals in need.
I hope and pray that you will feel at home here, and that you learn more about what God has in store for you, for our church and our wider community.