In 2016, Scott Bartlow and his family moved to Oklahoma after Scott accepted the invitation to be the first Campus Pastor for the newly-constructed satellite, Crossings Edmond, which held its first service in November 2016. Scott would continue to lead and grow this young satellite campus into the thriving congregation it is today. It became clear that the gifts Scott used in the launch of the Edmond campus would now be used in other expansion efforts at Crossings, beginning with our additional prison campuses.
Now as Campus Expansion Pastor, Scott and his family agreed to immediately move into this new role which includes working with Crossings Director of Prison Ministry, Jeremiah Braudrick, in 22 prisons in 18 different locations across Oklahoma—a possible 5-6,000 person combined online congregation each Sunday. Not only will Scott help create and develop each satellite location, but he will also form partnerships with local churches near each prison to recruit volunteer teams for Sundays, be a support system throughout the week, and, most importantly, be the hands and feet of Jesus.
Looking back over these past years, Scott wanted to express his gratitude saying, “To every individual and every family at Crossings Edmond, my wife, Brooke, and I have found it a privilege to lead and pastor you. I am also grateful for this new opportunity in prison ministry as I believe God has wired me in a unique way to create environments to help others find and follow Jesus. We cannot wait to see all God wants to do. We ask for your prayers as we take these bold steps of faith.”
During this unexpected time of transition, God was also revealing his plan for the new Campus Pastor for Crossings Edmond, Marc Taylor. Marc and his wife, Erin, along with their son Samuel and daughter Merideth, have been part of the OKC campus for 12 years, since they moved here from Seattle with the OKC Thunder NBA team. Marc was their mascot, Rumble, until 2015. Along with other business ventures, Marc has spent the last five years of his career developing and operating a non-profit fatherhood program for low-income families in Oklahoma County with the focus on creating better parents, partners, and providers.
Marc was raised in a Christian home—in fact, he was a preacher’s kid. Marc travelled the world when his father was in the Air Force and also when he and his mother became missionaries. He met Erin in high school in Alamogordo, New Mexico (married in 2000) and studied Business at Colorado State University. The Taylors found Crossings through Mother’s Day Out in 2008 and have been regular attenders at the OKC campus ever since—volunteering in a variety of ways over the years, including teaching Sunday School (children and newly marrieds), participating in Safe Families, and leading Centered groups. Marc has been a small group leader the last two years for 6th and 7th grade boys and is in his second term on the Crossings Finance and Facilities Committee.
When Senior Pastor Marty Grubbs announced Marc’s acceptance of this new role, beginning May 18, 2020, he said, “Marc and Erin have always had a heart for ministry and a heart for God. They have been serving our church for years in some really wonderful ways. God was working in ways we didn’t see coming, and we are thrilled Marc has agreed to be our next Crossings Edmond Campus Pastor.”
Marc felt humbled and honored for the chance to pastor the Edmond campus, saying, “I want to thank God and the Crossings Elders for this opportunity. Especially over these past five years, my wife and I have really found that our gifts and talents were meant for shepherding, so when we were offered this position, we felt this was the right move. We believe this is where God has been calling and preparing us to serve. We are sad to leave Crossings OKC, but so excited to join Crossings Edmond and walk alongside the people there, as well as the staff.”
Looking back at all that has transpired for both Scott and Marc in this short time period, Marty said it best:
Isn’t it fascinating to look back and see what God was putting together? When it was clear we had to ask Scott to move into the prison ministry more quickly than we thought we would, he was already preparing the hearts and minds of Marc and Erin with the openness and willingness to talk to us about this opportunity at Crossings Edmond. We are so grateful.