Our Vision and Commitments
Blessing the People of Salem, MA
Crossroads Church was planted in South Salem for South Salem. We worshiped and ministered there, in order to befriend, serve, and bless the folks in this city. Because we believe we are called and gifted not only to share good news but to make good things, we are committed to developing businesses (such as a coffee shop) and participating in the civic life of Salem.
Living the Hope of the Reconciled Church
The church Jesus gathers is meant to be a richly diverse unity of people from every place, status, ability, era, age, culture, and ethnicity. We are committed to embracing and cultivating this diversity in our leadership and congregation, including celebrating and supporting both men and women who serve in lay pastoral ministry, the diaconate, and the priesthood. As members of the Anglican Diocese in New England (ADNE) of the Anglican Church in North America, we are committed to honoring our rich liturgical and theological history and to bringing together the best of every stream of faithful Christian tradition—Sacramental, Scriptural, and Spirit-led.
Being L.I.G.H.T in the Heavy Shadows
Jesus calls his followers to Love, Integrity, Gratitude, Hope, Trust—to be people of LIGHT. Our community
will shine the light of Jesus as we walk with others through dark places in life. We'll be light-hearted people, Serving, Healing, Investing, Nurturing, Embracing—people who SHINE. To do this, we will be people who don't just talk about community; we will live it out - in our ministry house (where a number of our folks currently live), our missional community, and in a 100 other little ways.
Partnering With the Global South
We believe we have much to learn from the Global South and as a church have personally benefited from the wisdom, sacrifice, and service of Christian brothers and sisters in Africa, Asia, and South America. We wish to bless them and to be blessed by them as we develop various partnerships in the future. We are already in conversation with Land of Thousand Hills Coffee as we pursue our coffee house idea. (LoTH sells fairtrade coffee from Rwanda.) We also support the good work of the Anglican Relief and Development Fund. As we grow as a church, we will look forward to fostering more global relationships.
Our History to this point
In partnership with Christ the Redeemer Anglican (Danvers), Crossroads Church started in Fall of 2012 as a community group under the leadership of Fr. Nathan Baxter and Jennifer Drummond. Rev. Kristen Yates joined the work during 2013. Crossroads began holding services on Saturdays at the First Baptist Church in the Fall of 2013. Transitions for both Fr. Nathan and Rev. Kristen unfolded in the early months of 2014 (read more here). Crossroads continued its focus on Community Group-based ministry under the leadership of Jennifer Drummond, and officially disbanded in the fall of 2014.
Jennifer Drummond, Community Group Leader
Jennifer loves reading, writing her blog and playing with her kids. She is a lay leader, with a B.A. in Philosophy from George Mason University and has completed some graduate level coursework at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. She taught English and logic at the high school level, worked with a junior high youth group, and served on the founding vestry of Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church.