Crossville church of Christ

Crossville church of Christ


About the Crossville church of Christ

423 North Main Street, Crossville, TN 38555

What to expect when you visit (All times - Central Time Zone):

On Sunday at 9:00 am we have classes for all ages.  At 10:00 a.m. our worship begins. We have Sunday night worship at 6:00. We have Bible Study every Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. Some of our members will be available to greet you and recognize you as visitors. You may ask them how to proceed to class or worship. Classes on Sunday and Wednesday are divided by age group from infants to adults. There are 3-4 adult classes each quarter studying different Bible topics or books. You may attend the adult class of your choice.


Worship will follow the simple New Testament pattern

  • Singing: After announcements are made, acapella singing (without instrumentation) will usually begin the services.

  • Prayer: The congregation will be led in prayer by one of the brothers after a few songs.

  • Preaching: A sermon will be presented by our minister or, perhaps, by a visiting speaker. At the conclusion of the lesson, an invitation song will be sung. If you wish to be baptized into Christ, be restored to a right relationship with Jesus or request prayers for any purpose, you are invited to walk to the front of the auditorium during this invitation song. The minister will meet you and talk with you about your needs.

  • Lord’s Supper: Before the services are complete on Sunday, the Lord’s Supper will be served. This is an emblematic feast celebrated by Christians in remembrance of the sacrifice of Christ for our forgiveness. If you are not a member of the Lord’s church, feel free to simply pass the trays to the next person. There is no obligation or expectation for you to participate if you are not a member of the church of Christ.

  • Contribution: A final part of our worship service before a closing song and prayer is the collection. The Lord’s church in the New Testament gained finances for its work only by the willing contribution of its members. We continue that Biblical practice today. Again, you are not expected to contribute if you are not a member of the Lord’s church here at Crossville.


A Brief History of the Crossville church of Christ

The history of the church of Christ that meets on Main Street in Crossville dates back to 1923.  Prior to that time, churches of Christ in Cumberland County had been meeting at Linary, Lantana and Clifty.  In 1923, the J.E. Baxter family moved to Crossville from Cookeville, TN and, finding no congregation of the New Testament church here, they began meeting with the J.S. Schulgen family in their homes.  The nucleus of this congregation, in the beginning, was seven persons from those two families.

In May 1924, a tent meeting was conducted with Will J. Cullum preaching and J. Sterling Turner leading the singing.  By the close of this meeting, which lasted for several weeks, there were about 35 members of the church.  They rented a meeting place on the second floor of the Potter Building on North Main Street.  In October 1924, the L.P. Shanks family moved to Crossville, adding their strength to the newly formed group.  Brother Shanks later served as an elder of the church.  Late in 1924, a lot on the corner of First Street and Thurman Avenue was purchased and a brick building was erected.  The congregation met for the first time in their new, although unfinished, building in November 1925.  This building served as the meeting place for the church until January 1949. 

The original church building at 423 North Main Street was used for the first time on the second Sunday of January 1949.  The land upon which the building stands was given to the church by the late B.L. Dooley, Sr., and his wife.  Brother Dooley served as an elder until his death.   The later brother Clyde Wilson, who served as an elder until his death, supervised the construction of the building. 

The new building was completed during the summer of 1986.  The new facility is constructed of native Crab Orchard stone.

The congregation has been blessed with fine gospel preaching.  Although J.E. Baxter, J.D. Jones, and W.C. Phillips worked with the congregation as part-time preachers; the first located evangelist was Stoy Pate, who preached here from 1935 to 1940.  He was followed by James C. Bays, Rufus R. Clifford, A.R. Hill, Charles G. Caldwell, Roy J. Hearn, Ray Frizzell, Jr., John Jenkins, who served this congregation for more than twenty years, Jim Franks, Steve Riley, Sidney White, Wade Webster and our current minister, Barry Kennedy.