At Crosspointe, our purpose is to glorify God in all we do as we seek to grow together in today’s challenging culture. As a pastor, I carry a burden for families and the challenges they face every day. One visit to Crosspointe will impress on your heart what we are all about–helping your family discover Jesus! We desire to assist you in your God-given privilege of loving your family to the Lord.
At Crosspointe, you will find a warm welcome at our front doors, help with navigating our facilities, and a special place for each member of your family! From tender care in our nurseries, to character-building children and teen groups, to engaging Adult Bible studies, our goal during our 9:30 am hour on Sundays is to provide your entire family an opportunity to encounter our Lord where you're at during your visit. This hour is immediately followed by our worship service, in which we worship our God in songs, offerings, fellowship, and the proclamation of the Word of God. We do hope you will join us this Sunday!
Meet Our Church Leadership
We at Crosspointe are blessed with pastoral leadership who love God and the people God has called them to serve. Take the time to learn a little about them here, and then introduce yourself to them when you come to visit. They would be delighted to meet you!
What Defines Us
We believe a church is best defined by what it believes, and our beliefs, grounded in Scripture, truly shape our character. Read a little about where our church stands regarding the teachings of Scripture. If you have any questions, we'd enjoy an opportunity to sit with you and chat about these in more detail.
WE BELIEVE that the Bible consists of, and is complete in those sixty-six Books that have been measured, tried, found satisfactory, and considered to be the inspired, infallible, inerrant Word of God; that, not just the concepts, but the very words themselves are inspired; and, that it is plenary (completely) and equally inspired in all its parts.
WE BELIEVE that God breathed the Original Manuscripts (Autographs) of the Holy Scriptures into existence. We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament to be the verbal plenary inspired Word of God, the final authority for faith and practice, inerrant in the original writings, infallible and God-breathed. We choose to use the King James Version as a church as a matter of consistency.
WE FURTHER BELIEVE that God’s Holy Word is our only authority for faith, doctrine and conduct; that it is God’s complete and only Revelation to man; that, when the Book of Revelation was completed, nothing was ever to be added to it or taken away from it. (Which precludes the possibility of modern-day prophecies, “words from God,” visions, appearances of angels and revelations).
II Timothy 2:15; John 17:17; II Peter 1:19-21; II Timothy 3:16-17; Titus 1:9; Joshua 1:8; Psalm 119: 11, 105; I Corinthians 13:8-10; Revelation 22:18-19; Matthew 5:18; John 16:12,13
WE BELIEVE that there is only One True and Living God; that He is eternally existent in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit; that They are co-equal in every perfection, yet possessing distinct and complementary offices in relation to man; that He created all things in six literal 24-hour days;
WE FURTHER BELIEVE that God is Eternal, Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Immutable and Omniscient in His absolute or natural attributes; and that He is Holy, Just, Loving, Good, Merciful and Faithful in His moral attributes.
Hebrews 11:6; Genesis 1:1-2:7; 17:1; Psalms 90:2, 139:1-12; Isaiah 6:3-4; Deuteronomy 32:4; John 3:16; I John 4:8, 1:9; Romans 9:15-19; I Corinthians 10:13; Lamentations 3:22-23; John 4:24; Matthew 3:16
WE BELIEVE that The Lord Jesus Christ is Very God Of Very God, yet all man - One Person with two Natures, each separate and distinct from the other; that He condescended from Heaven; took upon Himself the form of human flesh, choosing not to exercise His absolute attributes in His sojourn on earth; that Christ in His Office is the Divine Fulfillment of Prophet, Priest, King and Judge;
WE FURTHER BELIEVE that Christ was born of a virgin; that He lived a sinlessly-perfect life; that He shed His blood and died on the cross of Calvary to pay man’s penalty for sin, being his Ransom and Substitute; that, after three days and three nights in the tomb, He came alive from the dead and rose bodily from the tomb, sealing our justification and assurance of future resurrection; that He ascended into Heaven, taking His precious blood to the eternal mercy seat to satisfy the demands of a Holy God for man’s sins; and that He sat down on the Right Hand of God The Father, there to make intercession for His own.
John 10:30; 8:58; 1:1-14; I Timothy 2:5; Philippians 2:5-7; Matthew 1:18-23; Hebrews 4:15; John 17:1-26; Hebrews 9:11-12; I John 2:1-2; Revelation 19:16; II Timothy 4:7-8; Matthew 20:28; Isaiah 53:1-12; Romans 4:25; I Corinthians 15:20
WE BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit is God Himself, possessing all the Attributes of God; that He is a Person; that He can be resisted, grieved and quenched by natural and carnal men; that He was active in the Old Testament, descending upon Saints for a temporary time for a particular task, to endue with skill or to endue with power.
WE BELIEVE that He is active in the process of the salvation of souls; that He convicts and convinces the sinner of his sin; that He regenerates the unsaved heart; and that He baptizes the newborn believer into the family of God; that, at the instant of salvation, He comes to dwell in the heart of believers, and that He will never leave us nor forsake us; that He is the One Who seals the eternity of the believer until the rapture; that His ministry to the believer is to fill, sanctify, teach, guide into truth, help, comfort, and anoint for service.
WE FURTHER BELIEVE that the Holy Spirit is the Divine Giver of spiritual gifts - that He gave uniquely to the apostles the sign gifts of prophecy, healing, speaking in tongues and the interpretation of tongues; that the purpose of these gifts was that God’s chosen people, the Jews, might see, hear and believe that Jesus truly was the Christ and Messiah for Whom they had so long awaited; that these sign gifts ended when the Word of God was completed; and that in the age of Grace, the Holy Spirit today bestows the gifts of evangelist and pastor along with those of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance.
Matthew 28:14, 20; Isaiah 6:8-9; II Corinthians 6:16-18; II Corinthians 13:14; Psalms 139:7-13; Genesis 1:2; Luke 11:13; Hebrews 9:14; Acts 7:51; Ephesians 4:30; I Thessalonians 5:19; Job 32:8; Exodus 31:3; Exodus 35:31; Judges 14:6; John 16:7-14; John 3:3-5; John 1:33; Acts 11:16; I Corinthians 6:19-20; Ephesians 1:13; Romans 15:16; John 14:26; John 16:13; Romans 8:26; Acts 1:8; I Corinthians, Chapters 12-14; Revelation 22:18-19; Ephesians 4:11-12; Galatians 5:22-23
WE BELIEVE that Satan is a person - a fallen angel, the author of sin, and the cause of the fall of man; that he is the open and declared arch-enemy of God and man; that he shall be eternally punished in the Lake of Fire; that he is the prince and god of this world; the prince of the power of the air and the prince of demons; that he is the adversary, the slanderer, the accuser and the tempter of the believer; that his army is that multitude of fallen angels who aid him in his wicked devices; that they are brutish and violent; that their numbers are great, and that they are active on earth today; that we do not need to fear Satan and his host, but we need to recognize their power, submit ourselves to God, arm against them and resist them; and that he and his host are conquered enemies who shall receive eternal punishment in hell.
Matthew 4:1-9; Matthew 12:24; Revelation 12:7-10; I Timothy 3:6; Job 1:8-11; John 14:30; Matthew 12:22-24; I Peter 5:8; Genesis 3:1-5; Luke 8:26-33; Luke 9:28-43; I Timothy 4:1; Ephesians 6:10-18; Psalms 23:4; James 4:7; I Corinthians 10:13; Genesis 3:15; John 16:11; Revelation 20:10
WE BELIEVE that man was created by God, instantaneously, and without the necessity of any evolutionary process whatsoever; that he was created perfect, in the image of God; but that in Adam’s fall, sin passed on the entire human race, and man became totally depraved, and dead in sin - by nature and by choice; and, that the only remedy for his lost condition is repentance toward God and complete trust in the shed blood and death of Christ on the cross and in His bodily resurrection from the tomb.
Genesis 1:26-27, 31; Genesis 2:7; Romans 5:12; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1, 5; Isaiah 64:6; John 3:5; Romans 10:8-13; John 1:12; Romans 8:23
WE BELIEVE that man, an unregenerate sinner, has no merit to save himself, and that he can do nothing to merit the grace of God for salvation and eternal life; that he may, of his own volition, realize, and forsake his sinful condition, and repent and turn to God; that he must call on the Lord for salvation from sin and hell to eternal life in heaven; that salvation is all by the grace of God through faith in His death, burial and resurrection.
WE FURTHER BELIEVE that, when God saves us, He regenerates us, justifies us, adopts us and sanctifies us to Himself; and that we are saved eternally.
Romans 3:10, 23; Romans 6:23; Romans 10:9-10, 13; John 3:16; Acts 16:31; Ephesians 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-6; Romans 5:12; John 10:28-29; Galatians 4:4-5; I Corinthians 6:11
WE BELIEVE that the local church is God’s channel of outreach and blessing in this church age; that the local church is a body of born-again believers, baptized by immersion, and ordained of the Lord for mutual fellowship and building up in the faith, and for the propagation of the gospel at home and around the globe.
WE BELIEVE that the only two Scripturally-ordained offices in the local church are those of pastor and deacon; that these two offices are to be administered by men meeting the qualifications outlined in I Timothy 3; that the only two ordinances given to the local church are those of baptism by immersion, (one time backwards, picturing the death, burial and resurrection of Christ) and the Lord’s Supper; that baptism is to be administered only to those professing saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; that the Lord’s Supper is only for those walking in fellowship with Christ (a determination made by self-examination); that these two ordinances are symbolic in nature, and possess no power to bestow grace. We believe that tithes and free-will offerings are God’s only biblically-outlined means of financial support for the local church.
WE BELIEVE in the “Blessed Hope,” the personal, imminent, Pre-Tribulation and Pre-Millennial Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ for His redeemed ones; and in His subsequent return to earth, with His saints, to establish His Millennial Kingdom. I Thessalonians 4:13-18; Zechariah 14:4-11; Revelation 19:11-16; Revelation 20:1-6; I Thessalonians 1:10; I Thessalonians 5:9; and Revelation 3:10
Where we've come from
The following is a brief timeline of our history here at Crosspointe, compiled by our 2nd pastor and current pastor emeritus, Warren Dafoe. In his words, we have come this far by faith!
Jan. 26, 1956
Birth of a church
On Wednesday, January 26, 1956, six people (Rev. Charles Smith of the Victory Baptist Church, Indianapolis; Missionary Paul Vincent; Joe and Virginia Watson; Jack and Betty Whitesell) met in the home of Jack and Betty Whitesell, 5 Bingham Court, in the growing subdivision of Eagledale to prayerfully consider starting a new church. Under the leadership of Missionary Paul Vincent, The Eagledale Baptist Fellowship was established, which would be a weekly prayer meeting. This would lead to the establishment of a Bible preaching and teaching church in the Eagledale area. Saturday and Sunday afternoons were devoted to calling through the Eagledale neighborhoods, telling people about the plans to establish a church, and talking to people about their need of Jesus Christ as personal Savior.
Jan. 26, 1956
June 5, 1956
On Sunday, June 5, 1956, with tears of joy and praise, after singing, “Where He Leads Me,” a charter membership roll was signed by twelve people and the church was birthed.
In May of 1956, a constitution was adopted by the church members, and in June, Articles of Incorporation were filed with the state of Indiana. The growing group was now officially EAGLEDALE BAPTIST CHURCH.
July 22, 1956
On the Sunday morning of July 22, 1956, the first Sunday school and Sunday morning church service was held with 15 people in attendance.
Services were regularly held in a white-framed building on the south side of 30th Street, just east of the Georgetown Road and 30th Street corner.
Soon this building was too small for the growing congregation. With 15 members and NO money in the treasury, 2 1/2 acres of land with an old brick house on it, which had seen the Civil War come and go, located at 4950 West 34th Street was bought by faith in August 1956. This would be the new home of the Eagledale Baptist Church. At this time, the morning church service attendance had increased to 30. The inside of the old brick building was renovated by removing walls so church services could be held there. The choir sat in a room on the left side of the congregation. Joe Watson, a church member, built a pipe organ and played it for all of the church services.
Sep. 13, 1956
Calling a Pastor
A full schedule of services was held at the new location, including DVBS, a church picnic and fellowship dinners.
As the congregation grew, the need for a pastor was apparent. Several men served as interim pastors, but on September 13, 1956, Rev. Warren E. Dafoe was called to be the pastor.
Stepping out by faith, he began his pastoral ministry in January 1957. Under Pastor Dafoe’s ministry, the attendance and membership grew rapidly. As the attendance grew, Sunday school classes for children and teens were held in the basement, garage, and living room of Joe and Virginia Watson’s home, which was located next door to the old brick house where the congregation met for church services.
With $1,000.00 in the building fund, plans were made by faith for a new building to house the growing church. In July 1957, a groundbreaking ceremony was held, also by faith.
Growing Pastoral Staff
In June 1965, Warren P. Dafoe joined his father on the pastoral staff as Youth Pastor and Sunday School Director.
Oct. 15, 1957
Growth and a New Building
Soon, it was apparent that Sunday school and auditorium space was needed. Plans were made to build more room. A groundbreaking service was held on October 15, 1967, to build on the north side of the existing building. This new auditorium and the “Gold Room” Sunday school space were dedicated on April 26, 1970.
Oct. 15, 1957
Christian School Started
Eagledale Christian School was established in the fall of 1976.
In September 1980, fifteen acres of land three blocks north of the church property was purchased to provide ball and recreation fields for the church and school. To accommodate the school, a gymnasium/school classroom building was built and dedicated on October 5, 1980.
Changing of the Guard
In July 1982, Rev. Warren P. Dafoe became Associate Pastor. In January 1985, Dr. Warren E. Dafoe retired as pastor and his son, Warren P. Dafoe, became the senior pastor.
June 2, 1991
During Pastor Warren P. Dafoe’s leadership, the south front of the building, the auditorium and the main lobby were renovated. A special dedication service was held on June 2, 1991.
June 2, 1991
In November of 2000, we began a ministry to Spanish speaking people in our area.
June 4, 2006
On June 4, 2006, the church family celebrated 50 years of history with special services.
June 4, 2006
In January of 2008, Rev. Warren P. Dafoe retired as pastor, and Lew Hunter served as interim pastor. In June of 2008, Dr. Rick Arrowood became the senior pastor.
Relocation and Change of Name
In October of 2006, Pastor Dafoe asked us to take a journey of faith with him to relocate. The church voted to relocate to property on the west side of Indianapolis.
In January of 2007, the church voted to purchase the Celebration’s Catering and Banqueting Facility at 220 Country Club Road.
During the spring of 2008, twenty-five acres of land with existing buildings located at 220 Country Club Road was purchased and the church buildings and properties on west 34th Street were sold.
Because of the pending relocation, the congregation of Eagledale Baptist Church voted to change its name to Crosspointe Baptist Church.
A building committee proposed plans to develop the land and build buildings at the new location as the congregation grows and more room is needed
In June of 2008, Dr. Rick Arrowood became the senior pastor. Through the summer months, “the people had a mind to work” as renovations to the existing buildings at the new location were completed to house Sunday School, church services and the school academy.
The first service of Crosspointe Baptist Church was held on Wednesday, August 13, 2008, and a full schedule of services was held on Sunday, August 17th. Crosspointe Christian Academy began classes on Monday, August 18th.
A dedication service for the new location and renovated buildings was held on September 7, 2008.
Building a Heart of Faith
In April of 2009, we began our Building a Heart of Faith capital gains program. The Lord began to work in the hearts of our people and soon we had enough traction to prove to the bank we are solvent and our vision can become a reality. In May of 2010, we broke ground for our new addition, and on March 21, 2011, we dedicated our new Dafoe Family Life Center to the Lord! The $2,400,000.00 project provides 37,000 sq. ft. that includes:
- Nine large classrooms for Sunday School and Crosspointe Christian Academy
- Double High School gymnasium (that seats over 500 in the bleachers)
- Two large locker rooms
- Two restrooms and connecting locker hall way
- Office for the athletic director
- Concession kitchen with serving window
- Spacious teen chapel that seats up to 75
- Beautiful three bedroom apartment that sleeps up to 12, decorated by the elegant taste of Mrs. Jann Dafoe.
- An expanded overflow area making room for 300 seats in our auditorium, which doubles for a fellowship area, as well as our school lunchroom.