and Beth Norton, ordained Foursquare ministers, returned to the U.S. from missionary work in Zambia in April of 1989.
Around July of that year, Pastor Mike realized there wouldn't be a call.
and Beth rented a duplex on Jonathan Drive in August of '89.
Pastor Mike pointed them to Scripture, which says that to find friends one must show oneself friendly.
Pastor Mike ran an ad on the back of the local shopper newspaper that made an impact.
bought a fourth of a page, black and red print that stood out, explaining what Foursquare
meant and including an article.
As it turned out, families cut it out and put it on their refrigerators.
As time passed, these people showed up.
A couple asked when there would be services, and Pastor Mike explained that they were holding church every Sunday at 10:00 as a family.
Anyone else who wished to attend was welcome.
People started coming, and one Sunday they hosted 20 or 30.
Parking became a problem, and since Pastor Mike did not wish to offend neighbors, he began to search for a meeting place.
and Linda Huff, having just received the Lord, began attending at that time.
During the Jefferson period, Mike
and Karen Van Cuyk heard about the Foursquare church
through a Bible study they were attending.
After meeting for about a year at Jefferson School, Pastor Mike heard that the YMCA was a great place to hold services.
Another church already met there, but they had purchased a new facility and would be leaving.
Pastor Mike visited the Y and asked to be put on a list.
was informed that there was no competition!
In autumn of '90, the congregation made move and remained there until '93, when they purchased a building.
During the Y period, Mike Huff
and Mike Van Cuyk began leading worship, and the Bruchs family joined the church.
During that time, Mike Huff
and Mike Van Cuyk became more involved leading worship with training from Beth Norton.
Mike Huff became the senior pastor in 1999.
Prior to that, he had been a youth pastor at Crossroads for seven years.
was thankful to have had an interim between himself and Mike Norton as senior pastor, because the time wasn't right for him when the Norton's left.
Pastor Mike Huff leading worship
While Mike Huff
was pastoring, there were strong women's and men's ministries, led by Mary Butz-Lewis and Curt Zeise, respectively.
The congregation believed that fellowshipping with the larger Body of Christ was valuable, and Mike Huff
and Mike Van Cuyk led worship together at retreats in Rhinelander for ten years.
The Crossroads congregation remained in the Lindbergh St. building for several years, until Pastor Mike Huff felt a larger building was needed because there was no way to expand parking at the Lindbergh location.
Claude Foster, whom Mike Huff
knew well, became the general contractor for the project.
brother Terry laid the carpeting and floor tile.
The insulation was done professionally.
The most consistent workers from the congregation were Mike Huff
, Dave Froland, Craig Langkau, Jeff Bushman, and some people who are no longer with the church.
When Mike Huff
began having serious health issues, Mike Van Cuyk pursued ordination and the Lord opened the way for him.
Pastor Mike Huff
Due to Mike Huff's health needs, and the needs of the Crossroads congregation, Mike Norton returned as an interim pastor on Easter of 2012, and was made the official pastor of the church in 2013.
Mike Huff continues to serve as assistant pastor.