Our Story

From One Living Room In northern Colorado…

Crossroads started as a dream in 1995. In their living room, founding pastor John Smith and wife Phyllis met with a core group of 20 to imagine a new kind of church for northern Colorado. The group agreed, “This church is not about us. It will be for our friends and neighbors who need a church home.” They wanted to create a worship experience and a church culture where every person would feel welcome, experience God’s grace and forgiveness, grow in their faith and enjoy using their gifts to serve others.

At that time, John was a youth pastor at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Loveland. With the backing of the parent church, and the financial and organizational support of the Evangelical Covenant Church denomination, Crossroads was born.

To Many Locations and a Permanent Home…

On January 5, 1996 in the Mary Blair Elementary School cafeteria, Pastor John Smith and friends launched the very first Crossroads service. The church thrived, quickly outgrowing the school and moving through 10+ meeting and office spaces over 8 years. In 2001, they purchased 73 acres of land at the corner of Taft Avenue and 57th Street—the site of the Crossroads campus today. Construction began in the fall of ’03, and the growing church met for the first time in its new home, October 16, 2004.

…And Beyond.

God has taken Crossroads on quite a journey since those early days. Throughout these 19 years, John Smith, the staff and faithful volunteer leaders have never lost sight of that original vision of being a transforming church where newcomers feel welcome, grow and serve. The mission of reaching and including people who are far from God will never change. Growth is one of our values, because healthy things grow.


Over 3,000 people call Crossroads their church home. We have matured as a faith community to the point of offering excellent programs for children, students and those with special needs. The care and support resources provide pathways for healing. Life Groups and Weekend Serving Teams connect new and longtime participants every weekend. Spiritual growth happens through the weekend message, classes and group experiences.

We are vibrant and creative.

Crossroads is known for its thriving community of performing and creative artists who serve together—providing transformational moments every weekend and at special events. People of all ages come to Crossroads for the quality of music, engaging messages and culturally relevant technical and communication arts.

We like to help others.

Through a consistent priority on projects of compassion and justice, Crossroads is known as a community who expresses their love with their actions. From local relief projects like Project One to hurricane and flood recovery to international partnerships in Haiti, Spain and Guatemala, Crossroads cares. The people of Crossroads are locally involved, culturally aware and internationally engaged.

Crossroads remains, above all else, a local church of Christ-followers. We are a place where people matter to God and to us. Together we seek to live out God’s vision of being a welcoming and transforming church.