CrossPointe to celebrate, expand

Published 9:46 pm Thursday, September 12, 2019

CrossPointe Freewill Baptist Church will celebrate its 11th anniversary on Sunday — and begin expanding on Monday.

The church, located at 2460 Pruden Blvd., is celebrating its anniversary Sunday and after the service will hold a free community day. The church also will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its 6,000-square-foot expansion, and on Monday, construction will begin. The expansion will give the church, and its preschool, more space.

Expansion plans have been in the works for about two years, according to Pastor David Sexton, with the church just receiving the final approvals from the city.

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Sexton said its preschool has a waiting list and that the church also needs more space.

“We’ve grown, and have just outgrown this building, so we’re looking at expanding,” Sexton said.

The church currently has around 150 to 160 members, Sexton said, and has seen as many as 320 people for its Easter Sunday service. The church’s CrossPointe Preschool Academy, in its third year, has about 50 children in it, which he said is maxed out.

“We’ve had no major growth spurt,” Sexton said. “It’s been slow growth, which typically is pretty good for a church.”

The church started Sept. 14, 2008, at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Suffolk, with 117 people in attendance at its first service. Over the next 18 months, the church grew to the point where it sought a permanent space to meet, and found its current spot on Pruden Boulevard in the summer of 2010. In 2012, the church expanded its auditorium and on Sept. 14, 2014, CrossPointe officially became an organized church and self-supporting.

The expansion will allow for more space to grow the preschool program and take in younger children. Currently, the preschool has children from age 2-and-a-half to 5. With the expansion, it will be able to take in children from infancy through age 5.

The additional space will provide the church with a new worship center, as well as some office and kitchen space, while allowing for the current auditorium to be turned into classroom space for the church and preschool.

“Hopefully that will allow us to grow the church, school and children’s ministry,” Sexton said.

The new expansion is expected to take eight to nine months and be finished by May 2020, Sexton said.

Sexton said it has ministries for all ages, but is adding more programs this year, including a discipleship program “to get people grounded in the word of God.”

On Oct. 9, the church will debut new ministries — a cancer support group headed up by his wife, Charity, a grief share ministry and Financial Peace University.

Sexton said his wife is in remission from cancer and is a nurse at Sentara Obici Hospital and works on the oncology floor dealing with cancer patients, so it makes her a natural fit to head up the support group.

“We have a busy ministry and a lot of good things going on,” Sexton said. “We’re really trying to push this anniversary service, and the things we’re doing, and be a blessing for the community for this community day.”