When Corona’s founding fathers laid out the plans for their new town, then called South Riverside, they generously donated property lots to six churches. One of those was the Church of Christ, which evolved into the Crossroads Christian Church. This year Crossroads celebrates its 125th anniversary in the Circle City. The first building the congregation opened was the repurposed original one-room school house that stood on Ninth Street between Victoria and Howard. As membership grew, a beautiful new sanctuary was built on the southwest corner of Main & Ninth Streets. In December of 1964, a new church was dedicated at South Main and Rancho Road. Finally, the big move was made to the current beautiful location at Ontario and Kellogg, east of Santana Park. Crossroads has a long history of participating in civic activities. Their outreach to the Corona Chamber includes: The Economic Summit in June. In September, they hosted The Corona Chamber’s annual Women’s Leadership Conference, where near 900 women, including high school students, were inspired by a dynamic lineup of leaders that have made a difference. From two dozen members, Crossroads Church now has a congregation of over 6000 people who have the common desire of sharing their devotion to their faith with everyone. Among their treasured contributions to others is “The Pantry,” a ministry that feeds and cares for the hungry. Corona is fortunate that a few residents had a dream 125 years ago that took root and produced good works that have never ceased. Crossroads Christian Church will receive the Community Partner – Non- Profit Award from the Corona Chamber at the January 25, 2018 Installation and Awards Gala.
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