Our Story

THE CROSSING is a big church, but not too big. We have lots of people who attend, but have small enough services where people can get to know one another and spend time together over a cup of coffee after services.

We typically have about 1,600 people who come through our doors during the weekend and a total church body of about 3,000. That may sound like a lot, but once you are connected here you will find that you see people you know all the time. 

Here is our story:

  • The Crossing launched in October 2004.
  • Pastor Eric & Kelly's passion for hurting, broken people inspired the launch of Crossing Recovery (later called Free Grace Recovery), a 12-step faith-based program, in April 2005.
  • We met in a variety of locations for worship on Saturdays & Sundays, until purchasing a permanent location in Elk River in September 2009.
  • The Crossing first became a multi-site church in October 2009 with the launch of the Zimmerman location.
  • In May 2010, we held our first Thrill + Move Conference to refresh, inspire, and equip pastors & church leaders.
  • We purchased a permanent facility for the Zimmerman location in May 2011.
  • Pastor Eric's first book, Grace On Tap, was published in the Fall of 2013. Available on Amazon and Kindle.
  • Our Elk River location remodel and expansion opened in February 2014.
  • Pastor Eric's second book, Unhooked & Untangled : A Guide to Finding Freedom from your Vices, Addictions, and Bad Habits, was published in June of 2014. Available on Amazon and Kindle.
  • The Grand Opening of our St. Cloud location was in February 2015.
  • Pastor Kelly's book The People Mover was released in May 2015. Available on Amazon and Kindle.
  • The Grand Opening of the St. Michael location was in January 2016.
  • Pastor Kelly released her book How To Twirl: A Lovely Way To Live in May of 2017. It is available on Amazon and Kindle
  • Pastor Eric released a devotional called See Christ this Christmas in December 2017. Available on Amazon and Kindle
  • We launched a Sunday morning location in St Cloud in January 2018. 
  • Pastor Kelly released a 14-day devotional called Seasons in July 2018. Available on Amazon
  • Grand Openings for the St Paul, Minneapolis, and Milaca locations were all in October 2018.
  • Our Becker location was opened in November 2018.

Throughout the life of The Crossing, we've placed utmost value on the truth of Scripture. We remain passionate about reaching unbelievers with the hope of Jesus, and we enjoy great music and good coffee along the way. 

It's always, only about JESUS.