CrossPointe Church looks to discipleship

A few members of CrossPointe's youth group at the church's Hay Bale Festival.

The thriving congregation at CrossPointe Church strives to develop devoted disciples of Jesus Christ by loving God, loving others and serving the world.

“It’s the heart of who we are, what we do and how we do it,” Senior Pastor and elder John Dees said.

CrossPointe organized in 2002 from “the remnant of what was Rocket City Community Church,” Dees said. The church held services on Slaughter Road until 2004 when they moved the current location at 719 Hughes Road.

Approximately 900 people attend on Sunday morning. While CrossPointe Church is non-denominational, the church is a member of the Madison Baptist Association (Southern Baptist Convention).

“We’re located smack dab across the street from Bob Jones High School,” Dees said. The campus includes the main building with the sanctuary, a gym, an annex and several outside buildings used as discipleship venues for about 28,000 square feet.

Financially and with mission teams, CrossPointe Church supports a number of local and international missions:

• Jerusalem ministry — Assists fellow church members.

• Judea ministry — Helps residents in need, for holiday benevolence, Inside-Out Ministries and disaster relief.

• Samaria ministry — Assists in national programs.

• Ends of the Earth — Sending teams to Guatemala, Botswana, Haiti and other countries.

Sunday services are held at 9 and 10:45 a.m. in a blend of contemporary worship music and traditional hymns, led by the praise team, band and choir. Family discipleship classes meet on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Several small  groups meet throughout the week.

CrossPointe offers discipleship opportunities for preschool and elementary age children. “We have a thriving Awana program on Sunday evenings,” Dees said.”Throughout the year, we offer children’s events, like Hay Bale, Hey Day Fall Festival, Vacation Bible School and Family Movie Nights.

“The youth group in grades 7-12 worships on Sundays at 9 a.m. and then meet in the CrossFire youth building for small group time. They meet for discipleship training on Sundays at 6 p.m. and worship on Wednesdays at 6  p.m. The youth serve in mission projects around Madison.

This year’s focus has been growing the adult discipleship program in Sunday school classes, small groups and men and women’s fellowships. “Adult education is key to developing devoted disciples,” he said.

Dees has served as senior pastor since August 2002. His 20 years in pastoring include two churches in Huntsville and in Farmville. He attended Auburn University on a football scholarship to receive a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and then earned a master’s degree in religious education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

Previously, Dees worked as the North Alabama director of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He now serves as chaplain of the Bob Jones football team.

He and wife Nancy have two adult children – Kelli, who served as a missionary in Spain and Jason, a pastor in Atlanta.

Along with Dees, CrossPointe’s staff includes elders Ed Hughes and Mike Nevin; worship pastor Rex Looney; adult education pastor Bruce Pieper; student pastor David Howard; children’s ministry team Randa Harvey, Jess Ahrens and Amy Underwood; and lay leaders John McNeil, missions, Scott Jacobsen, men’s ministry and Debbie Harvey, women’s ministry.

CrossPointe has purchased land on Hughes Road, east of Hogan Family YMCA and north of the post office. Currently, no plans are underway for a building project.For more information, call 256-772-4463 or visit, on Twitter at cpcfamily and on Facebook at CrossPointeChurchMadison.


By Gregg L. Parker