About the Crossroads Parish
In 2018, an idea was introduced to Atonement Lutheran Church of New Brighton and Cross of Glory Lutheran Church in Mounds View. This idea, which was to form a two-point parish, was a relatively new idea within the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and would be the first of its kind within the St. Paul Area Synod. By creating this two-point parish, each congregation would retain their individual identities over the many years of ministry to their communities but would share resources and some staffing thus making it easier on each congregation’s operating budget.
After a year of conversation, discernment, and hard work by both congregations, the congregations voted to form this two-point parish and the Crossroads Parish was born. In April 2019, the congregations of Cross of Glory and Atonement voted to call their first shared pastor and put in motion what would become a unique, spiritual, and mutually beneficial relationship for both churches.
Cross of Glory Lutheran Church, Mounds View
Cross of Glory Lutheran Church was established in 1955 when a house chapel was built at 5472 Adams Street in Mounds View. That remained our place of worship until 1964 when a church (including Fellowship Hall, office space, and nursery) were built on the adjoining grounds at the corner of County Road I and Adams Street. The original house chapel then became our Sunday School building and a place where wedding receptions and other large functions were also held. By 1986, our third church building was dedicated which included a larger sanctuary, new kitchen, and narthex, with the existing building becoming a large fellowship hall and Sunday School rooms. With this addition complete, the original house chapel was sold. By 1997, another large addition was dedicated which included a choir room, youth room, pastor’s office, secretary’s office, Sunday School rooms, and another main entrance. We have been blessed to have twelve pastors helping us minister to our community.
Atonement Lutheran Church, New Brighton
Atonement’s history will be added soon!