A Brief History of Crossway Chapel
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The Crossway Chapel Movement of Churches began with a desire to see churches birthed that would make a genuine difference in the hearts of people throughout Northern Colorado. The journey began when Tom and Dawn Harcus full of expectancy, vision and trepidation packed up all their belongings into a moving truck and moved from Chicago, Illinois to Fort Collins, Colorado to plant the first Crossway. The ministry began with Tom and Dawn sharing Jesus with young people they had met in their hotel, who showed up the following day to help unload their moving truck for lunch and pay, because they did not know anyone else in the community.
Over the course of the next eight months a core team of servants was raised up with a heart to reach out with the love of Christ and build the church through people coming to faith rather than strictly transfer growth. To the praise of God, on Easter morning, April 12, 1993, Mountain View Community Church (MVCC), had its grand opening service, beginning a work that continues to grow and multiply today.
In July 2001, three small groups were unleashed from MVC to go out and make an impact on the nearby community of Windsor, Colorado. Nearly 80 people, led by several members of the MVC pastoral team, took a step of faith and followed God’s leading to Windsor, and Windsor Community Church (WCC) was born. The Lord has continued to bless the work in Windsor as WCC has grown and continued to multiply as well.
In the summer of 2005, MVCC sent Tom and Dawn and their family to Wilmington, NC to start a new regional network of like-minded churches on the east coast. On Easter morning, 2006, just 12 years after the birth of MVC, Crossway Chapel of Wilmington had its official launch. Since then, other key leaders and faithful saints from the network of churches in Colorado have been called to join the work and the Lord has done amazing things with this growing body.
Since the leadership for these churches share a common history and have a like-minded commitment to impact the world for Christ, the churches have fostered a very strong relational bond of mutual encouragement and support. When the new church was being birthed in Wilmington, NC, it was decided that the churches in this relational movement would share a common name, Crossway Chapel, to link us together.
The Crossway Chapel Movement of churches continues to grow as like-minded churches have been birthed or adopted. By God’s grace and the continued faithfulness of the people He has gathered to be part of this movement, we will continue to see new churches birthed, God glorified, and more and more people enter into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.