Crossing Church: Guided by Pastors and Parents
Crossing the church
- Contact: 1001 Country Club Lane, Escondido 760-752-7895 www.crossingchurch.com
- Membership: 175
- Pastor: Billy Phipps (wife Annie Phipps, co-pastor)
- Age: 53
- Born: Anaheim
- Training: SoCal-Assemblies of God Network, Irvine; World University, Springfield, MO
- Ordered years: 16
San Diego Drive: What is your main concern as a member of the clergy?
Pastor Billy Phipps: As pastors, we become very polarized by world events and community events. My fear is that we will leave out the love of Christ, and therefore we have to focus on love, because that is what Jesus came for. He came into the world, gave his life for us and he will come back – all because he loves the world so much. I want to take the time to refocus on love.
DTS: Why did you become a minister?
PP: It was a vocation. After my marriage I was in business for the first ten years. But through the process of being a part of a church, seeing how Jesus changes people, my wife and I felt a call to quit the business world and become pastors in 2001. That was my parents at the time. , who had been married for many years, had divorced. Knowing what I was going through and how I handled it as an adult, my pastor helped me view divorce through a godly and Christian perspective. God uses things like these so that he can form us into the people he called us to be. The divorce of my pastor and my parents opened my heart and my mind to the possibility of being in the ministry.
DTS: What is the mission of your church?
PP: We are named Crossing Church because we believe that something dynamic happens spiritually when our lives intersect with the life of Jesus. Our mission is to bring people into a life changing relationship with Jesus. That’s why we get up in the morning and do what we do. We want to see people’s lives change when they have this relationship with Jesus.
DTS: Where is the strangest place where you have found God?
PP: At lunch with an atheist friend. I have friends from all over the world, from different walks of life, and I do my best to relate to people who are not connected to God. Someone introduced me to this gentleman. He was an atheist, but God was at that lunch. It wasn’t that I was preaching to him; I haven’t even got to the point of talking about God or the Bible. We just talked about his life – his wife had cheated on him, and that was a difficult thing – and I connected with him as a friend.
DTS: Where do you go when you die?
PP: The Corinthians tell us that when we are absent from the body, we are present in Christ. That’s the point. Call it paradise or paradise, I look forward to that moment when I will be in his presence. This is where I want to go when I die. This is true for anyone who believes in Jesus. It is only the work of Jesus on the cross that gives us the capacity to be in his presence in the Hereafter. Billy Graham said it best: Hell was not a place that was created for people; he was created for the devil and his demons. But because of our disobedience and our refusal to make Jesus our Lord, this unfortunately happens for some. Each person will live forever. Some will live eternally in the presence of Jesus, and some will live eternally in his absence.