Crossroads Community Church, located at 104 Heather Road, one block east of 69th Street in Upper Darby, PA, is a member church of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).
Crossroads celebrated its 100-Year Anniversary on November 8, 2008. Since the church’s beginning in 1908, much has changed, but the human need to find a purpose for living has never changed. This church has been serving the community for over 100 years, giving warm encouragement and providing a rich source of spiritual renewal and hope to all who are seeking.
Ministries are now in place for all ages, and ideas are continually being tested for effective outreach to the surrounding community. Within the short span of the church’s history, the community has changed from rural to suburban and now to an urban setting. Though the community culture changed, the basic answer to man’s need remains the same: the gospel of Jesus Christ found in His infallible word.
The name “Crossroads” reflects not only the transportation “crossroads” that Upper Darby has been for the past 100 years but also the cultural “crossroads” that it has become - one of the most ethnically diverse populations in the United States. However, the name “Crossroads” primarily refers to the church’s purpose as set forth in its mission statement to “meet people at the crossroads of life with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to help one another along the road of spiritual growth.”
Seeing the wonderful diversity of nations in the Upper Darby area, Crossroads reaches out with friendship to new immigrants – providing free English as a Second Language classes and an International Resource Center that helps those new to the U.S. with free resource referrals and counsel. Not surprisingly, membership rolls read like an atlas of the world, with Crossroads members speaking the languages and sharing the cultures of Angola, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Greece, Guyana, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, South Korea, Togo, Trinidad, Uganda, the United Kingdom, and many other countries. This small church, six blocks beyond the border of West Philadelphia, is truly a tapestry of the nations.
Crossroads Community Church was the subject of recent articles published by The News of Delaware County and the Philadelphia Daily News. Both articles give a brief look at the history of Crossroads and an excellent description of the diversity of the congregation and the wonderful work currently being done by the many ministries supported by the church.