The Crux Church is a safe place to discover the REAL GOD, connect as REAL PEOPLE and apply God's Word to REAL LIFE. We use contemporary music, multimedia, drama and lively teaching to explain the Bible and apply it to life. If you are looking for a place where you can connect with God we invite you to experience The Crux.

We’re an autonomous church affiliated with an international group of churches called Converge, formally known as The General Baptist Conference. This affiliation of churches began in the late 1800's by Swedish immigrants in the Midwest. It is now a worldwide movement and the fastest growing affiliation of churches (denomination) in Minnesota. You may recognize some other churches/organizations affiliated with Converge like Bethel Church in Owatonna, Bethel University in Minneapolis and Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie. Together we are reaching out to people in Minnesota, the United States and around the world.

Our Beliefs

Our Leadership Team:

The Trinity

The Bible says there is one living and true God who lives forever as three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit (The Trinity). These three persons are distinct in their roles, equal in their positions and unified in their actions and goals.
(Genesis 1:26; Matthew 28:19; John 1:1,3; John 4: 24; Romans 1:19-20)

God, The Father

The Bible says there is God, the Father. He is an eternal spirit-person who is concerned about us and who hears and answers our prayers. He calls us to be reunited with Him by admitting our sin and asking His Son, Jesus, to remove sin from our lives.
(Matthew 23:9; John 3:16-17; I Timothy 2:5-6; 1 Peter 1:3)

God, The Son

The Bible says there is Jesus Christ, God's only Son. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and was born to a virgin. He lived a sinless life, taught the truth of God and performed great miracles. His death is the only possible payment to free us from sin. He has risen from the dead, ascended into heaven and will return someday to take us with Him.
(Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; John l: 1; John 20:30-31; Acts 1:9-11; 2 Corinthians 5:21)

God, The Holy Spirit

The Bible says there is the Holy Spirit, a personal spirit who is our counselor and guide. He has been sent by God to reveal truth, convince people of their sin and separation from God, transform those who decide to commit their lives to God and empower them to live obediently to Him.
(John 14:14-17; John 16:7-14: Romans 8:26; Titus 3:5-6

The Bible

The Bible says it was written by faithful followers of God who were directed by the Holy Spirit. The Bible is God's Word, without error in its original writing, and is the ultimate standard of truth about who God is and what He wants from us.
(Psalm 119:1-16, 105; John 8:31-32; Acts 20:32; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:20-21)

People

The Bible says that every person naturally chooses to rebel against God and go their own way (sin). Because of that, every person is separated from God and destined to live for eternity without Him. However, those who rely on Jesus' death to pay for the wrong things they have done and turn away from their own selfish desires will have a renewed relationship with God and will live with Him for eternity.
(Jeremiah 17:910; John 1:12-13; Romans 5: 6-8; Romans 6:9-10; Romans 8:8,13-14; Titus 3:5-7)

The Church

The Bible says there is a worldwide spiritual family of God (The Universal Church). It consists of all people who rely on Jesus' death to pay for the wrong things they have done and who dedicate their lives to obey God. We also believe in smaller local spiritual families (The Local Church), These families are members of the worldwide spiritual family of God, and exist to praise God through beginning a deeper relationship with Him, belonging to His family, becoming active in service and befriending others.
(Matthew 28:18-20: Acts 2:42-47: Ephesians 2:19-22: Hebrews 10:24-25)

Communion / Baptism

Jesus gave the Church two practices in the form of pictures that are meant to remind us and show others what God has done for us. The first "picture" is baptism. It tells those around us of the change God has started in us. When the person is submerged under the water it illustrates dying to our old life, then coming back up illustrates receiving new life and rising from the dead to live as a new creation.
(Matthew 28:18-20: Acts 2:37-38; Acts 8:36-39; Romans 6:4-6; Baptism/ (Comes from a Greek word meaning to submerge)

The second "picture" is called communion, or the Lord's Supper. This is meant to help us remember that Jesus died for us. The family of God shares bread, which is a symbol of Jesus' body, and wine (we use grape juice), which is symbolic of the blood of Jesus.
(Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; 1 Corinthians 10:16-17; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)

The End Of The World

The Bible says that Jesus is personally coming back to earth to physically remove all true believers from the earth. Some will still be living and others will be resurrected from the dead. All people will face God's final judgment and will be declared innocent or guilty. Heaven and hell are real places and all people will spend eternity in one of those two places.
(Matthew 16:27; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 1 Corinthians 15:20-24, 35-58; I Thessalonians 4:14-18; Revelations 20:4-15)

Phill Hall

Lead Pastor, Phill Hall and his wife Sheri have enjoy many years of ministry together. Pastor Phill has served at The Crux since July of 2014.

Lee Palmer

Lee and his family are very active in the church. He has served formally as a Youth Pastor for many years. Lee is now serving as an Elder at The Crux.

Paul Kelm

Paul and his wife have been a large part of the church for many years. Paul enjoys singing and keeps us fed during Wednesday night’s Connection Zone.