Living in Mobile, Alabama, we didn’t necessarily feel from the beginning that this area needed a new church. We DID, however, feel like it needed a church that is different. So in August 2004, we held our “Grand Opening” at Elsie Collier Elementary School and began Sunday Worship Experiences for the first time.
Though having church services in an elementary school was a little out of the norm and at times, difficult, the school was perfect in many ways because of the mission of our church. From the start, Cross River Church has sought to be a safe place primarily for those disconnected from Christ and the Church; maybe even turned off on church and organized religion, and looking for something different. From the first day, all of our efforts focused on being a “Church for Everyone.”
During our first year, we saw God change dozens and dozens of lives while Cross River Church grew to over 200 in attendance. In fact, we began to realize that we were quickly outgrowing the facilities available at Elsie Collier. So on our first anniversary, we made a risky decision to move a few miles away to Baker High School and into the Concert Auditorium.
At the High School, we began to have even greater influence on our community, especially in regards to the students in our area. God was also changing the lives of families…families that had been previously disconnected in many ways. We continued to grow in our influence in the community, but we felt like we would reach a lid at some point, until we were able to purchase property and move on to a permanent worship campus. So, in early 2006, Cross River purchased an old television studio on Zeigler Circle East near the fairgrounds and began renovations.
On February 4, 2007, Cross River moved into our new home and resided there for over 6 years as we grew and saw God do so many things in our church family. In the middle of the night on July 4, 2013, the hot water heater exploded and our church caught fire! After the fire, we had services at Wynnsong 16 Theater on Schillinger Road for about 10 months and then rented a unit in a strip mall on Westside Drive. After over 2 years, we outgrew that facility and we moved to a larger location on Zeigler Circle until we completed the renovation on our new church home at 2070 Schillinger Road South, Mobile AL 36695! After being displaced for almost 4 years, God has proven to be so faithful and lead through every step and season! We are beyond thankful for his guidance as we enter into a new season as a church.
CURRENT WORSHIP EXPERIENCE TIMES: Every Sunday morning at 9:00am & 10:30am.