Changing Ridgecrest, one heart at a time.
It all started when Bill Corley transferred to China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) with his wife, Ronnie, for a three-year tour as a Marine pilot in VX-5. Their family soon settled into Ridgecrest permanently to raise their children.
In 1990, Bill and Ronnie started a Bible study in their home with two other contractors. After two weeks, the group grew too large and began meeting at the Seventh Day Adventist church in Ridgecrest. Crossroads Ministry was born.
Our congregation was small — around 20 people at first. We soon outgrew our space there, and in 1991 we moved to a rented building at 126 South China Lake Blvd. Our congregation was around 50 people, and we had one service a week, but Bill and Ronnie had their eyes on another building because it didn't look like a church. They wanted anyone and everyone to feel comfortable and welcome.
“We wanted something where non-church people could walk in without all the paraphernalia that they didn't understand. We wanted to reach people who would normally never set foot in a church.”
In 1998 God led us to our current building on 235 North China Lake Blvd. We continue to grow in our ministry and outreach.