Congregational Care

Life on earth is a mixture of joy and sorrow, and God calls us to move through these times with each other. Whether it is the birth of a child, a hospital stay, or the loss of a loved one, we want to walk with you to provide you connection, consolation, and comfort.

Congregational Care exists to come alongside those in the Crossings family in seasons of sorrow, sickness and setbacks. This shows up in a number of ministries that are largely unseen, yet significant. These ministries range from hospital and shut-in visits, to financial help and counseling for those in hard times, to fellowship for the retired and elderly, to a committed prayer team who prays over requests submitted on Sundays and during the week. We also take joy in ministering to those who are grieving, joining them in their immediate sorrow and following up with them weeks, and sometimes months, after their loss.

Caring for the congregation is a value rooted in the church’s formative years. Because this value continues, many in the Crossings family feel the same sense of intimacy felt by those in the early years, when our church was much smaller.

Our Ministries

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry provides distinctively Christian, one-to-one, gender specific, confidential care to those experiencing difficulties in their lives. Grief, divorce, financial setbacks, retirement, family, or spiritual struggles are just a few examples. Pastors will always be on the front lines of care, especially in times of crisis, but there are always more needs for ongoing care than pastors can effectively meet by themselves.

Stephen Ministers receive 50 hours of initial training in caring ministry skills and concepts, plus ongoing continuing education, support, and supervision. They are not therapists, problem solvers or casual visitors, but lay people trained to listen and lift hurting people to God, who is the Cure giver.

You can read Stephen ministry stories here and learn more about Stephen ministry right here.

Prayer Ministry

Prayer Ministry is composed of teams of people assigned to pray for weekly requests, immediate crises (prayer chain), or the weekly activities at Crossings. Dependence on God through prayer is foundational to our church and provides a solid base for all we do. The Prayer Ministry at Crossings helps put prayer into action.

There are several opportunities to support Crossings in prayer:

Prayer Rooms

Two rooms designated especially for prayer are available at all times. One Prayer Room is located at the southeast corner of the Chapel Foyer. A second Prayer Room (room 255) is located on the second floor, south of the main entrance.

Weekend Prayer Team

A group of prayer warriors meets every Friday to walk and pray over every inch, seat and doorway of our church. The prayers are not only for the Sunday services, but for all activities or special events throughout the week. For more information, contact Teresa Peden at 405-302-1249.

Prayer Chain

This very vital aspect of prayer is the front-line force that meets the immediate needs of the church family. When a need within the family of Crossings occurs, volunteers are contacted to pray immediately for the need.

For more information about prayer opportunities, please contact Renee Russell.

Flower Arranging & Delivery

Each week, flowers are delivered to those who could use some encouragement. Two teams make this possible: those who arrange the flowers over the weekend and those who deliver them early in the week.

Financial Freedom Ministry

For families experiencing financial challenges, we have a full-time pastor ready to assess financial needs and offer support, as well as financial coaching. We also offer Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University.

The Financial Freedom Ministry helps address financial, employment, and money management needs within our church community. Financial assistance may be available on a limited basis to meet critical needs in crisis situations, and is available for those who have been actively attending Crossings for at lease 6 months. Financial coaching provides one-on-one assistance with money management and budget planning skills.

Contact Michele Garrett for more information.

Helping Hands Ministry

The purpose of the Helping Hands Team is to minister and serve the needs of members of the church family by providing small repairs or maintenance. It is our desire to help our members in a real and tangible way with the message, “let us help you with that.”

Senior Adult Fellowship

Every Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., the Crossings Pavilion is filled with adults (55+) who enjoy socializing, games and lunch, provided by the Crossings kitchen. Through the years, this group has become a major connection-point for senior adults at Crossings.

Destinations

Sometimes the best kind of fellowship happens on the road, so Crossings Destinations Ministry hosts several trips a year to different parts of the country. Some are simple overnight trips, while others are week-long excursions, where sites and scenery are enjoyed in a Christ-centered atmosphere.

Destinations includes first-class transportation, guided tours, and reasonable rates. Trips will not be scheduled until the required minimum number of people express an interest. All tours depart from the Crossings Community Church parking lot. Reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis. Destinations Ministry group trips are designed for adults of all ages.

For more information, questions or reservations, please contact Judith Hilbun by phone at 405-850-9229.

In Touch

Due to health or aging issues, some in our congregation can no longer attend church, so we have a group of volunteers who visit them to encourage and remind them they are still a valued part of Crossings. Our In Touch volunteers maintain frequent contact with their care receivers to encourage them and to keep them connected to Crossings in a meaningful way.

Mechanics in Action

Mechanics in Action is a ministry of service that offers oil changes on a quarterly basis for Crossings’ single moms, widows, and women with spouses serving in the military (pre-registration required—contact Becky Sanders for date of next work day). The volunteers who change the oil also look for wear and tear on the vehicles and make recommendations for repairs that might be needed.

Mechanics in Action coordinator Charles Berryhill is always looking for volunteers who are willing to donate some time on four Saturdays a year – simply complete “Become a Volunteer” in this section to get started!

Mobile Meals

One day a week, a team of volunteers delivers hot meals from the Crossings kitchen to those in Northwest Oklahoma City who are unable to get out or make some of their own meals.

Funeral Care

When Crossings hosts funerals/memorials, a team of volunteers prepares side dishes for a family meal, while another team sets up and hosts the meal.

Pastoral Visitation

For those who are hospitalized or undergoing surgery, we provide pastoral presence, prayer and encouragement. Our pastors make visits almost every day, and our team considers it a privilege to pray for those experiencing health crises.

Volunteer

Staff

Lance Ward

Lance Ward

Pastor of Congregational Care

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Since 2010, Lance Ward has served at Crossings by mobilizing staff and volunteers for pastoral care, visiting homebound and hospitalized members of the Crossings family, and conducting funerals and memorial services. On Sundays, Lance serves as teacher in the Family Room Sunday School and also hosts the 11:00 Sanctuary Service. In 2013, he traveled with a Crossings medical/construction team to Honduras, and looks forward to returning in 2014.

Lance grew up in Oklahoma and graduated from OU in 1990. In 2000, he received a Masters of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, after which he served as a small-church pastor and hospice chaplain in Dallas.

Lance married Jeni in 1990, and they not only get great joy from raising their three children, but also in partnering with others to further the gospel of Jesus Christ. In his spare time, Lance enjoys running, writing, Sooner football and Andy Griffith reruns (the Barney years).

Michael Milligan

Michael Milligan

Pastor of Pastoral Care

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Michael has served as a pastor at Crossings since 2005. In 2013, God opened the door for Michael to move from our Missions ministry into Congregational Care. In his role as Pastor of Pastoral Care Michael provides prayer, comfort and encouragement to members of our Crossings family, whether they are celebrating the birth of a child, grieving the loss of a family member, or concerned about a loved one who is in the hospital.

As the son of missionaries, Michael grew up living in the Gaza Strip and Jordan, eventually taking his own family of six to serve in Beirut, Lebanon prior to joining the staff at Crossings. Michael is a graduate of Southern Nazarene University and pursued his Masters of Church Music degree at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City. Michael served as worship leader on the staff of local churches in Oklahoma and Missouri for ten years before following the Lord’s leading to the mission field.

Michael married his wife Deanna in 1995 and they have four incredible kids: Zack, Savanah, Joseph and Isaiah who provide great joy and endless illustrations for Bible study lessons and sermons. An avid sports enthusiast, Michael is a die-hard Sooner supporter and an ardent Thunder fan. Previously, Michael also had the privilege of serving as one of the team Chaplains for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Michele Garrett

Michele Garrett

Pastor of Congregational Assistance

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Michele joined the Congregational Care team in 2008 after serving in the Missions ministry since 2001. She administers the Congregational Assistance program which provides limited financial assistance to members when they are in crisis situations. She completed Dave Ramsey’s Financial Counseling training and provides one-on-one financial coaching to those who need help with money management and budget planning skills. She regularly facilitates Financial Peace University classes and shares her knowledge in the Becoming One ministry with those who are planning to be married. Michele also visits several elderly and shut-in members of the Crossings family. She has been quite involved in the OKC community with long-term disaster recovery efforts since the May 2013 tornadoes.

Michele spent her childhood in Guthrie, Oklahoma, and graduated with a degree in Psychology from Oklahoma State University. Michele’s previous careers include being a DHS social worker and mental health professional for profit and non-profit mental health agencies. She is passionate about encouraging others with the love of Jesus Christ when they are hurting mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Michele met Garry at Crossings, and they married in 2010. Her hobbies include traveling (especially to Italy), cooking and trying new recipes (especially with Garry), and spending time with family and friends.

Joe Ledgerwood

Joe Ledgerwood

Pastor of Keenagers Ministry

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Since 1993, Joe Ledgerwood has served at Crossings as the Pastor of the Keenagers Ministries enjoying fellowship most Thursday mornings playing cards & games & having lunch.

In addition to his role with the Keenagers, Joe is the Accountant for Crossings Community Church.

Joe grew up in Oklahoma City & graduated from OSU in 1976 with a degree in Business Administration & 1978 with a degree in Accounting, after which he worked for a CPA firm and family business.

Joe married Glenda in 1980, they have one daughter who lives in Tampa FL. In his spare time Joe enjoys reading, going to estate sales, auctions & collecting antiques.

Sharon Bromley

Assistant to
Congregational Care
sbromley@crossings.church
405-302-1219


Kristin Grubbs

Congregational Care
Associate
kgrubbs@crossings.church
405-242-5455


Becky Sanders

Assistant to
Congregational Care
bsanders@crossings.church
405-302-1203


Renee Russell

Assistant to
Congregational Care
rrussell@crossings.church
405-302-1219


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