Cross Roads Community Church was launched in September 2001 in Challenger Elementary located in Pearland, Texas. Four hundred adults, youth and children filled the cafetorium of that school on Hughes Ranch Road. The message Pastor Hartwell imparted that day was entitled “In The Meantime.”
A tribal Capital Campaign was initiated to purchase 78 acres in Manvel, Texas. In the process of purchasing 78 acres in Manvel, Texas, the church relocated from the elementary school on Hughes Ranch Road to Silverlake Business Park on Miller Ranch Road. After fourteen months of waiting with expectancy, CRCC finally found a place they could call home.
Once again, the church a launched a “Digging in Fruitful Places” Capital Campaign to build a multipurpose building on the 78 acres. Serendipity interrupted the plan to build on the 78 acre tract. Three miles from the business park on Miller Ranch Road was an existing church campus that encompassed a 35,000 square feet facility on 22 acres. The Board of Directors and church body unanimously chose to relocate and purchase the existing church campus in contrast to building on the 78 acre tract of land.
On October 2005 CRCC had their first worship service on Manvel Road in Pearland, Texas. CRCC presently has two worship services on Sunday at the Pearland location, along with exciting experiences for toddlers, children and youth. A warm and encouraging bible study on Tuesday called Empowerment. In April 2009 CRCC launched their second location in Rosharon, Texas on Highway Six. That location is experiencing spiritual and numerical growth. Those that have connected with that campus worship on Sundays at 8:45 a.m. and are equipped through an Empowerment bible study on Wednesday evening for adults, youth and children at 7:15 p.m.
The potential, purpose and possibilities are unlimited for CRCC as the promises of God continue to be made manifest.
Pastor Christopher F. Hartwell is a third generation preacher, founder, and pastor that acknowledged his calling into the ministry in March 1990. Since that time, he has used his unique God given gift of preaching to encourage and inspire people from all walks of life with his life changing messages. Shortly after entering into a life of ministry, Pastor Christopher F. Hartwell founded Cross Roads Community Church in Pearland, Texas in September 2001.
Pastor Hartwell’s endeavor is to equip and empower a cosmopolitan community of believers and nonbelievers with timeless principles that are culturally relevant, while encouraging economic, social and spiritual growth. His energy and passion for preaching has carried his ministry across the United States. He is a bridge builder that meets trans-generational needs through biblical teaching. His powerful messages of reconciliation and redemption are timely and timeless for this post-modern generation.
Pastor Hartwell is a graduate of Houston Baptist University with a double major in Christianity and Sociology. Pastor Hartwell is pursuing his Masters of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary and his first book Wake Up and Live Your Dreams was released in the Spring of 2008.
Pastor Christopher F. Hartwell and his lovely wife Katrina are blessed with three daughters Kristian, Destiny and Charity.
First Lady Katrina Hartwell is a powerful and anointed woman of God. She is a gracious, loving and compassionate woman who understands the awesome responsibility of being a First Lady. She is an extraordinary person with a quiet strength, a woman of power and firm character. She is a person who is willing to listen and give encouraging words. While obligations to ministerial commitments are a priority, she ensures her family is well maintained and cared for. She has been a dedicated wife to senior Pastor Christopher F. Hartwell and a mother of three beautiful girls, Kristian Victoria, Destiny Vashti, and Charity Iman.
Because of her love and passion for Women, she has been chosen by God to minister to women from all walks of life by providing guidance, meeting their spiritual, emotional, and physical needs through biblical principles, resources, and support.. She is currently the coordinator and teacher of our Woman to Woman Women’s Ministry, the coordinator of both R.O.T.O.S. Outreach Ministry and the Daughters of Destiny Teen Ministry. Over the years she has served as a Leader of the Removal of the Mask Women’s Conference, our Women’s Revivals, co-hosted the We Are One Marriage Seminars, ensured that Mother’s were appreciated with Mother’s Day Brunches, cultivated the mind and encouraged spiritual growth with Women’s Retreats, created the SALT of the Earth Ministry for Seasoned Women, encouraged balance with the Girls Just Want To Have Fun Cruise, held Sister to Sister Lock-In’s, taught peer to peer workshops for women dealing with Life After Divorce, Living Single and Saved, Widowed Women, The Working Woman Balancing Roles of Today, Life as Wife and Mother and Fulfilling your Purpose.
First Lady Hartwell is a requested Guest Speaker and has ministered to women at various churches and community events in the Houston and surrounding areas. She has been featured in and has written articles for FAVOR and D-Mars Magazines.
With her in dept knowledge and passion for excellence, she challenges women to “walk as God has ordered.” And she encourages women to develop an intimate relationship with Christ.
Aside from ministry, First Lady is graduate of the University of Phoenix with an AA in Business Administration as well as an artist who has been blessed with a talent that only God can give. For it was in 2006, that she actually discovered she could take what one would call trash and creates something simply beautiful. Without training, she relies solely on the Holy Spirit to help her translate her visions, emotions, and dreams into unique pieces of “Art That Speaks For Itself”.
In the meantime, First Lady Hartwell will continue to trust in the Lord with all her heart and lean not unto her own understanding but in all ways she will acknowledge Him and allow Him to direct her path. For she believes that all women can achieve by visualizing their dreams, believing in themselves, putting the plan into action, and staying in it to win it!
Pointing You in the Direction of Your Destiny
Establishing God's Kingdom By Empowering God's People
Discipleship- Build strong families that understand their purpose.
Stewardship- Build a healthy ministry to fulfill its God-given destiny.
Fellowship- Build healthy relationships through recreation and balanced activities.
Evangelism- Build the physical and spiritual beings through restoration and reconciliation.
Cross Roads Community Church will equip, empower and encourage a community of believers with timeless principles that are practical, biblically sound and culturally relevant; so that believers and the un-churched can establish a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, commitment to church membership and Christian stewardship.