Hampton resident Noah Cleveland, a singer, songwriter, worship leader and music evangelist, will lead worship at the CrossRoads Baptist Church Life Week Oct. 20 to 23. (Special Photo)
Bringing in ministers of the gospel from far and near, CrossRoads Baptist Church invites the community to its upcoming Life Week, a time of fall revival at the church located at 227 County Road 229 in Social Circle. For four days, the church will host services featuring the theme “Focus” as it seeks to help worshipers center their hearts and minds on God.
Life Week is Oct. 20 to 23, with a service Sunday morning at 10:30, and services Sunday through Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
“What we’re hoping is that all of us will find clarity about who God is and what His assignments are for our lives and what He’s wanting to do in and through our lives in this community,” CrossRoads Pastor Brandon Stanley said. “It’s a week of drawing near to God. The Scripture says draw near to God and He’ll draw near to us.”
Stanley, who has been pastor of the church since 2006, has also been a youth pastor, church planter and associate pastor prior to becoming pastor of CrossRoads. A 1991 graduate of Landmark Christian High School, Stanley graduated from Atlanta Christian College in 1995, with a bachelor of science degree in biblical studies and received his master’s degree from Luther Rice Seminary this year. He and his wife Stephenee have two sons.
The pastor said it is his prayer that Life Week will be a time of renewal for the church and those who attend the services.
“We’re praying that God will revive us and stir our hearts for him,” Stanley said.
Featuring a line up of ministers, Life Week at CrossRoads begins Sunday morning with Phillip Bethancourt, executive vice president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention, preaching a message on “Focusing on the Cross of Christ.”
“Phillip is someone who is very influential within our convention and who has a passion for the Lord,” Stanley said, adding that Bethancourt is specifically concerned about how the church relates to the moral decline in the culture and how the church should respond.
“That’s is the focus of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission — the moral decline in America,” Stanley said. “He’ll help us as a church to realize our mission and how we need to approach it.”
Matt Alexander, pastor of Hope Church in Madison, will preach Sunday night.
“He’s one of the church planters we support,” the CrossRoads pastor said. “His passion is focusing the church on its mission and to make disciples to reach the community with the gospel. He’s done a wonderful job planting a church in Madison.”
Many area residents are familiar with Jason Dees, the former pastor of the First Baptist Church of Covington. Dees will bring the Life Week message Monday night. He is now the pastor of Valleydale Church in Birmingham, Ala.
“He’s very faithful to the word of God,” Stanley said. “He’s a great expositor of the Scripture, but also connects with people very well in his preaching.”
Ben Preston, pastor of Valley Town Church in Wilmington, Vt., will preach Tuesday night. He is also a church planter that CrossRoads Baptist Church helps support.
“He’s a very passionate preacher,” Stanley said. “He is planting a church in Wilmington, Vt., a community that had no evangelical church presence. He has 90 people now. He was living in Grayson and was a fireman when the Lord called him to be a church planter. He led his family and one other family to plant this church in Vermont.”
Tony Carter, pastor of East Point Church, will preach the final Life Week message Wednesday night. He and Stanley were college roommates.
“He is an incredible pastor, teacher and author,” Stanley said. “He is a very eloquent, passionate and godly expositor of the word.”
Carter is the author of several books available on Amazon, including “On Being Black and Reformed” and “What is the Gospel: Life’s Most Important Question” and he is co-author and editor of “Experiencing the Truth: Bringing the Reformation to the African-American Church” and “Glory Road: The Journeys of Ten African Americans into Reformed Christianity.”
For Life Week’s Wednesday evening service, Carter will bring members of his East Point congregation and his worship pastor to lead the music.
Noah Cleveland will lead worship Sunday through Tuesday. A resident of Hampton, Cleveland is a singer, songwriter, worship leader and music evangelist. He and his family travel across the Southeast leading conferences and church revivals.
Cleveland released his first album, “Be Loud” in 2008 and has shared the stage with such Christian artists as David Crowder, Chris Sligh, Audio Adrenaline and Bluetree. He has also performed at Bishop T.D. Jakes’ The Potter’s House and at World Changers International. His latest release, “Come Alive” features “The Journey,” a song co-written with national recording artist John Waller.
CrossRoads’ Life Week services are open to everyone and there is a link to sign up for meals prior to the evening services by visiting www.thecrossroadsfamily.com. Each meal is $4 per person.
“We’re praying for God to bless His church and cause His church to be fervent for Him and passionate to share the gospel with our community,” Stanley said. “We hope everyone will join us for these nights of focusing on God and His word.”
Beth Slaughter Sexton is a freelance writer based in Gwinnett County. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.