About Our Church

Who We Are

 The members and friends of Crossroads United Methodist Church  welcome you and hope you'll decide to come worship with us! We extend a  special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, gay, filthy  rich, dirt poor, yo no habla Ingles. We extend a special welcome to  those who are crying new-borns, skinny as a rail or could afford to lose  a few pounds.  

We  welcome you if you can sing like Andrea Bocelli or if can’t carry a  note in a bucket.  You’re welcome here if you’re “just browsing,” just  woke up or just got out of jail. We don’t care if you’re more Catholic  than the Pope, or haven’t been in church since little Joey’s Baptism.     

We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up  yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome soccer  moms, NASCAR dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers,  vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or  still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems or you’re down  in the dumps or if you don’t like “organized religion,” we’ve been there  too. If you blew all your offering money at the track or the new  casino, you’re welcome here. We offer a special welcome to those who  think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or  because grandma is in town and wanted to go to church.     

We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special  welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved  down your throat as a kid or got lost in traffic and wound up here by  mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts …  and you!     

As a first time guest or visitor, please do not feel obligated to place  anything in the offering plates when they are passed, your presence is  gift enough for us. If you need assistance finding anything while you  are here, please don’t hesitate to ask one of the greeters or ushers.      

 Our 10:30 am worship service is more of a blended style using both  traditional liturgy and hymns as well as contemporary and emerging  Christian music, liturgy and images. Dress is as casual or as formal as  you're comfortable being; jeans are fine but tuxedoes and evening gowns  will make the pastor look bad! Children are welcome in worship, but  childcare and Sunday School is also provided during the service  following the children’s moment in our nursery/childcare center down the  hall. And most of all, we hope you will come back and worship with us  again! 

Our Hope

 At Crossroads  UMC our hope is that everyone will feel welcome, everyone will find  something in worship that helps them to feel the presence of God in  their lives, and that everyone will leave here knowing that they are  loved by God just as they are, but that God loves us too much to leave  us that way! We aren't particularly big or flashy, but we love God here,  and in response to that love of God we love others through service in  and with our community. There's ALWAYS a way or a place where you can  serve the community or the world through Crossroads UMC. 
 

More Info

 For more information about the ministries our church is involved in with the United Methodist Church please visit  Capitol Area South and the West Ohio Conference web pages. 

Our Pastor

Rev. Jay D. Anderson

The Pastor of Crossroads UMC is Rev. Jay Anderson, or Pastor Jay to us.  Pastor Jay is a third career pastor who spent a long time in the  business world before he entered the ministry. As a progressive  Christian Jay believes that the Kingdom of God is for ALL PEOPLE and is  RADICALLY INCLUSIVE in his theology. He earned his Bachelor's Degree  from Indiana State University and his Master of Divinity Degree from the  Methodist Theological School in Delaware, Ohio. Jay and his wife Lynn  have four daughters, four sons-in-law, and four grandchildren. 

Church Staff

Church Administrator

Atieno Figueroa, Church Administrator has been with Crossroads UMC since August 2017. 


 Atieno  Ayo Figueroa is a Multi-Talented Performer born and raised in Brooklyn,  New York.  She studied  Classical Voice at LaGuardia High School for the Arts (The FAME School)  and she graduated from Queensborough College for Music Production, Fine and Performing  Arts. In  2005, the Lord called her to New Baptist Temple; now Recovery House of  Worship under the discipleship of Senior Pastor Edwin Colon.  She  continues her studies in Business Management with Penn Foster College  and seeks to go to Grad school for her MBA in International  Business/Entrepreneurship.
 

She served at Central Baptist Church as Church Clerk and Membership Director before the Lord uprooted her from NYC  to Columbus, OH, (by way of NJ) as a married woman now expecting a  little girl in March 2018. Atieno and her husband Angel feel fortunate to have  received the Lord's favor as newlyweds. She was led to serve at  Crossroads UMC as our new Office Administrator. She continues to stress  the importance of discipleship, as well as, walking close with the Lord and His Church.

Music Director & Deacon in Residence

Zac Casperson, Music Director is a lifelong United Methodist. In 1996, he started directing his church's handbell choir and for the past sixteen years served as the music director. He attended The Ohio State University for both a bachelor's and master's degree in early childhood education. He is entering his fifteenth year teaching fourth grade in the Groveport Madison Local School District. He and his wife, April, have been married for fourteen years and welcomed their first child in September.


April Casperson, Deacon in Residence is passionate about theological education, vocational  discernment, and the organizations that recruit, educate and equip  leaders for thoughtful, intentional ministry. April serves as Vice  President of Institutional Advancement  at Methodist Theological School in Ohio and is an ordained deacon in  the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church.  


Youth Director

Kayla Williams, Youth Director was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She ventured out  to Columbus to attend Otterbein University, where she received her BA  in Sociology. She is looking forward to building stronger relationships  with the youth  inside the church but also getting involved with the youth within the  church community. She is open to any thoughts, ideas, and questions that  you may have. In her spare time she enjoys going back to Cincinnati to  be  with family and spending time with friends or reading a good book!  She welcomes all of the youth to come out to events and join us in  having a good time! 

History of Crossroads UMC

Our History

Crossroads United Methodist Church came about as the result of a successful joining of two area churches. 

Brookshire United Methodist Church traced is roots  back to a society that met in the small home of Mr. John Grubb. This  church is thought to be the first Methodist organization on the west  bank of the Scioto River.   Over the next 103 years, the relocated several times and one time  held a membership of 650 people. Eventually a small sanctuary was built  on land purchased at the south end of Hague Avenue.   

The dedication of Burgess Avenue United Brethren Church was  held on August 27, 1916. This successful church eventually came to own  four plots of land on the corner of Burgess and Sullivant Avenues.  However, by the late 1990's attendance here, as in many churches, had  fallen. 


A series of meetings between the two churches resulted in a  merger, giving birth to a single strong church in the area. On September 8, 2001, the newly created Crossroads United Methodist Church began its ministry under the then leadership of the Reverends Ray Wiblin and Barb Salyers.   


Crossroads UMC is a vibrant and active church,  engaged in many different areas of community outreach and ministry on  the Hilltop and and Greater Westside areas of Columbus, OH. The full  history of the ancestral churches that came together to become Crossroads UMC is maintained at the church, where we also play host to the Greater Hilltop Historical Society meetings. 

The United Methodist Church

About the UMC

Regardless of one's age, race, life-story, or standpoint, each unique  individual is welcomed within our church. No matter where a branch of  the United Methodist Church may be located, the underlying structure  remains the same, which we refer to as "connectionalism." We strive to  weave the fabric between our disciples through our appointed-clergy  system, mission-based outreach practices, and united giving.   

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them  in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and  teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you." (Acts 28:19-20) 

 

Derived from this "Great Commission," our church's mission is to make  disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We  uphold this all-encompassing objective through four basic principles:  welcoming, worshiping, nurturing, and sending.   


This page provides a brief overview of our purpose of action within the United Methodist Church. Please visit the Main UMC Website for more details on our mission, our faith, our people, and our world.