My name is Rietje Bakker, I am happily married to Andries Knevel, and together we have two sons and one daughter, and five grandchildren.
Serving as an elder in Crossroads is a blessing as it gives a great view on what God is doing in this world though His church. God is the hope for this life and working for Him for a better new world and His new fresh spirit in us is making every day very valuable.Eternal life is not only a quantity of life but also a quality of life in the here and now. What I love about Crossroads is that Jesus is in the centre, that it has a special fresh approach to shaping ministry and its international / city culture.
My name is Vitaliy Proshak. I am married to Tanya and together we are raising our daughter Daniella-Izabell. We have been part of the Crossroads community for the last 11 years and are active in various roles. Starting from 2004 I became a member of the Personal Prayer Team and enjoy doing it quite a lot.
My name is Peter van der Bijl, 57 years old and married to Rikst for 31 years. We have 3 children ,Eline, Stephanie and Philip.
I was raised in a Christian family and came to a personal faith within a youth camp when I was a youngster.
This December, Harmen Wiegman was officially installed as a new Elder at Crossroads Amsterdam, after 6 months of already working closely with the elders. Time for the rest of us to learn more about him.
We are pleased to announce that James Paton has accepted the call to serve Crossroads as our Teaching Pastor, serving on the leadership team along with Bill Hoopes as Community Pastor and Miriam Phillips as Executive Pastor. James and his wife Gillian plan to arrive in early February with their two children, Callum (16), Eilidh (15) to join their son John, already studying in Amsterdam.
To give hands and feet to our renewed vision and to manage the church well with the size it is now, we see that we will need an increase in budget. Crossroads has a history of generosity. Our community has consistently risen to the occasion to fund the next steps that God has called us to together. We have much reason to be very thankful.
To make the increased budget needs concrete and simple to visualize, we’ve thought about our individual responsibilities like this:
If we divide all the costs for our six ministry areas (church-services, next generation, connections, faith formation, outreach and deaconate) and divide them by the average number of adults that attend our gatherings for the 52 Sundays of the year, we come up with what it costs for each of us per adult to be a part of the Crossroads vision.
A lot has happened since the previous update in July so here is a quick review of what we have done, where we are, and where we are heading in the near future.
We set our advertising in motion in early July. By the end of September 200 pastors had applied for our Teaching Pastor position, evidence that Crossroads is viewed far and wide as an attractive place to serve! Needless to say, considering this number of candidates has been an arduous task for our team.