our history

In 1995, a group of 11 Cincinnatians felt a need.

They wanted a great environment to meet with friends to explore questions about God without having to pretend they had it all together or wading through a bunch of religious lingo. They wanted to offer their friends an alternative that wouldn’t make assumptions about what they believed about God or knew about the Bible. They wanted to assure their friends that no one would single them out by asking, “Where are all the visitors?”

On March 24, 1996, Crossroads Community Church of Hyde Park “went public” in a Cincinnati neighborhood. About 450 people showed up that day to a rented room, intrigued by the promise of “great music, free coffee and real topics.” In the years since, Crossroads has grown tremendously. The goal was never size; the goal always was, and continues to be, based upon the ideas of authentic community, honest conversation and exploring the question: Where is God taking us next?

Life and faith in God is an adventure. Crossroads is here to inspire, equip, and guide people through the technicolor heart-pumping adventure they were born for–to change the world for God.

The Basics