Pastor David Rogers was a student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary when he first felt the call to plant a church in Valdosta, Ga. The question for him was, why Valdosta? There are many churches already in Valdosta. One answer was that with almost 130,000 people living in the Valdosta area, and only 27,000 attending any kind of religious service on any given Sunday, there were over 100,000 people not attending anywhere at all. That was reason enough!
With a small group of about 12 people, Pastor David began and his wife Lanelle started meeting in their home and started praying that God would continue to gather those He would use to reach Valdosta for Christ. After just a few weeks, more were committed to starting a new church and a meeting space was required. The group of about 40 believers began meeting at the Baptist Student Union located on campus at Valdosta State University in October, 2005 as they worked on expanding the launch group.
Within a few months, the launch group had grown to about 80 people attending regularly as Pastor David continued to cast the vision. Another location was found in the Remerton area and an official "launch" of CrossPointe Church was set for late February, 2006. Within just 2 months, God moved in a very powerful way. By March, CrossPointe Church had baptized many new believers, called a College pastor, called a minister to Youth, and began a community outreach strategy in order to reach the community with the message of Jesus Christ. As we approached our one year anniversary, we were again praising God for even more believers being baptized. By October 2007, with almost 400 in attendance, we made plans to go to two identical morning services and our children's ministry moved into the building next door and we started looking for a new facility to accommodate the growth.
By May 2008, God had answered our prayers. CrossPointe acquired an old Winn Dixie grocery story and began the process of gutting it out, drawing up plans, gaining permits and rebuilding! With Sunday morning attendance approaching 600, we were desperate for space. Our second service had become "standing room only" and our children's ministry was packed! What a great "problem" to have!
In March of 2009, we moved into our newly renovated 45,000 square foot facility. On Easter, 2009, we saw an attendance of over 1400 people! The most awesome thing is the fact that God has been doing an amazing work in the lives of people. Many are discovering authentic Christianity for the first time in their lives. Others have revealed that they are growing in their relationship with Jesus Christ like they never knew they could. Friendships are being made and many have found that they are no longer just going to church, they are the church! CrossPointe Church.... a place to belong!