Five years ago Pastor Mark Suever was led by God to start an Independent Baptist Church in Shipshewana. With the blessing of the pastor and church from LaGrange Baptist Church and with the help of two other families, Pastor Suever and his wife stepped out by faith and rented a conference room at the Farmstead Inn for their Sunday services and on April 13, 2008 Crossroads Baptist Church officially began. There were about a dozen congregation members in that first service.
After four years of steady growth, Crossroads Baptist Church moved to its second location in the lower level of the Wells Fargo Bank in Shipshewana. This location allowed for Sunday School classrooms, a kitchen, and a fellowship area as well as a nursery. Meanwhile, plans were being made to build a church building on property that had been purchased on the edge of town.
Then in December 2012 Pastor Suever was contacted about a church that had just closed its doors and was available for purchase. These existing church facilities were half a mile west of the church’s bare land. God moved in a mighty way for his little flock in opening doors for finance and sending buyers right away for the purchase of the bare land. The church did not have to raise any additional finds for the purchase of the existing building.
The first service of Crossroads Baptist Church at its new home was held on Palm Sunday 2013 at which time the pastor and the entire congregation, along with several visitors, dedicated the buildings and property to the work of God and his ministry.
The congregation’s fifth anniversary was celebrated with a tree planting memorial after the morning service on April 14, 2013.
The community is invited to visit Crossroads Baptist Church in Shipshewana. The church is located on the corner of CR 900W and CR 250N, one mile west of the Blue Gate Restaurant. Learn more about the church by visiting the website at www.crossroadsbaptist indiana.com.
Sunday School for all ages including adults begins at 10 a.m. Sunday morning worship is at 11 a.m., Sunday evening services are at 6 p.m., and Wednesday Bible study and prayer are at 7 p.m.