CrossPoint Church is the result of God working to join two different churches together for His glory.
The congregation at 400 S Pleasant Hill Road in East Peoria was facing some serious challenges; they were a small church with an aging population and they weren't seeing new people join their community. They turned to the Lord for help, and rather than give up hope they boldly prayed that God would send a group of 100-150 people to join them and rejuvenate their ministry of bringing the gospel to the people of East Peoria and the surrounding areas.
Meanwhile, across town, a new church plant of just about 100 people was in search of a permanent facility. They had been renting space in a local theater but were at the end of the agreement. Providentially, their search led them to the school building on Pleasant Hill Road, adjacent to the church. In the course of researching the building, the leaders of the two congregations met and began to discuss whether God may be drawing these two communities together for a greater purpose.
For the next four months, the two congregations sought God’s will for their futures, and both felt confirmed that God was directing them to merge. So, in January of 2003, after months of prayer and lengthy discussions, they merged as CrossPoint Church, an independent, non-denominational, Bible-teaching community of faith. The church building on Pleasant Hill Road became the new home of CrossPoint.
Just two months later, God once again showed favor to our community in March of 2003, when the school building and the adjacent six acres of land was placed up for auction. The leadership was unanimous in pursuing ownership of the building, and when the day of the auction came, there were rumors of bidding wars between CrossPoint and the local businesses. It looked unlikely that CrossPoint could compare with the deep pockets of other local businesses. But when the opening bid was made, not a single competing bid was submitted. The building was purchased for only $100,000, and thanks to the generosity of the new congregation, it was quickly paid in full. To this day, CrossPoint Church is completely debt-free.