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Lead Pastor (Preaching, Mission and Vision)Taylor Burgess is the Lead and Founding Pastor of Cross Community Church. He is married to Emily and they have three young boys; Gideon, Nolan, and Lincoln.... Taylor was raised in Boone, NC, but has called Beaufort "home" since 2013. Prior to planting Cross Community in 2016, Taylor served multiple churches in North and South Carolina through student ministry, worship ministry, and preaching. He holds an undergraduate degree in religious studies and a masters degree in church planting and evangelism from Liberty University, and he is currently studying at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Taylor loves his family, working outside, books, sports, and coffee. He is passionate about preaching the gospel verse-by-verse, and outside of his role at CCC you can find him speaking at ministry events, camps, and retreats throughout the southeast.
Associate Pastor (groups, care, administration)Dustin Nally is the Associate Pastor at Cross Community Church. He is married to Kori Jo, and they have three boys; Jaden, Uriah, and Asher. Dustin was born and... raised in Cartersville, GA. The Lowcountry, however, has truly been home since attending the College of Charleston from 2002-2006. After receiving the call to ministry, he and his wife attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary where he received an M. Div. in Christian Ministries. Prior to Cross, Dustin served as the Discipleship Pastor at Central Baptist Church in Henderson, NC. Dustin is zealous about marriage and family, loves working with his hands, and enjoys woodworking. Dustin has a heart for church revitalization and desires to see the Lord cause a movement of revival among these hurting churches through the power of the Gospel.
Worship PastorGreyson Johnston serves as the Worship Pastor of Cross Community Church. He is married to Lauryn, and they have two boys; Everett and Walker. Greyson has lived the... majority of his life in Beaufort, certainly enough to be considered a Beaufortonian. Greyson served in worship ministry in churches in North Carolina and South Carolina before Cross Community Church was planted. Greyson is connected with a ministry school called 10,000 Fathers where the desire is to teach worship leaders how to grow from just being song leaders to worship pastors. It was in this time that his heart for writing songs for the local church developed and has led to some great opportunities, including recording a live project of songs we sing regularly in our church services. Greyson’s heart is that the Gospel would be communicated through every element of our worship gatherings and that we don’t only worship with the songs we sing but an all of life response to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Student MinisterCole Forrest is the Student Minister at Cross Community Church. He and his wife, Ashton, moved to Beaufort in May of 2020 to come be a part of the Cross family.... Cole was born and raised around Greensboro, NC and has worked with students in multiple churches within the triad region of NC. He holds an undergraduate degree in pastoral leadership from Liberty University, and is currently studying biblical counseling at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Cole loves his wife, being outside, and sports. Cole is passionate about discipling students who make disciples, and church planting.
Executive DirectorLeandra Livesay is the Executive Director at Cross Community Church. She and her husband Nate have lived in South Carolina for over 20 years and have three... kids; Elizabeth, Tyler and Troy. In her many years in ministry, Leandra has had the privilege of serving as both a Student and Children’s Minister, leading volunteers to share the gospel with the next generation from babies to college aged kids. Leandra graduated from King University and has a Master’s in Higher Education from USC. She loves spending time with her family, listening to podcasts, cooking and going to the beach.
Connections PastorMichael Morrison serves as the Connections Minister for Cross Community Church. He is married to Mallory and they have two daughters; Nora and Vera.... Michael is from Mcclellanville, SC. Michael moved to Beaufort in 2011 and he and his family were a part of the plant team for Cross Community. Michael holds a graduate of theology from Liberty University. He loves learning everything he can on how to create a welcoming environment for everyone who call Cross Community home or those who are visiting for the first time. His desire is to see people get connected and help them understand our call to serve the body of Christ. Outside of Cross Community Church, you can find him spending time with his family, playing golf, or cheering on Clemson football or Liverpool FC.
Ministry Assistant to the Lead PastorShay Shaw is the Ministry Assistant at Cross Community Church. Her roll is multi-faceted in that she is responsible for new member care, all church-wide... administration, and is Pastor Taylor’s assistant. She is the mother of an amazing little guy named Dawson and a native of Beaufort, SC. The gospel has radically transformed her life and Shay believes God specifically brought her back to Beaufort to share the good news with her family, friends, and hometown. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Elementary Education & Hospitality from the University of South Carolina. An extrovert at heart, Shay loves meeting strangers and being intentional in all of her relationships. You can find her around town on various adventures with Dawson, reading her Bible in the local coffee shop, impromptu lunches with friends, and playing her ukulele.
Ministry Assistant to the Associate PastorMonica Wilkinson serves as Ministry Assistant at Cross Community Church. She is married to David and they have three teenagers. Monica spends most of her time... homeschooling their kids and managing things at home, but she is excited and humbled to be part of the work and ministry of Cross, and loes serving in support roles. In her free time, she can be found slowing down, writing and seeking beauty in everyday moments.
Children's Ministry AssistantCarolyn Leslie serves as the Children's Ministry Assistant at Cross Community Church since August of 2020. She is married to Ian Leslie and together they are... raising their three children; Isaac, Aaron and Hannah Grace. Carolyn was born and raised in upstate New York where she graduated from the University at Albany with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. Shortly after graduation she married her husband Ian, and they made their home in Beaufort, SC. Carolyn completed her Infant/Toddler Montessori Certification and served as a lead teacher at E.C. Montessori School for many years. With a love of the gospel and of children, she also served as the Children and Youth Director of her local class for the ministry of Community Bible Study. In her spare time, Carolyn is either teaching or taking acro/dance with her daughter or attending her boys’ soccer games. She loves family time, her two dogs (a goldendoodle and cavapoo) and anything outdoors.
Communications DirectorEmily Burgess serves as the Communication Director at Cross Community Church. She is married to Taylor and they have three boys; Gideon, Nolan, and Lincoln.... Emily graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. She has written for several magazines while staying-at-home with her boys and now serves in this role part-time, putting her social media skills to work. She enjoys planning parties and events, home decor, and leading a Bible study of other mothers.
Assistant PastorDave Eatman serves as Assistant Pastor at Cross Community Church. He is married to Laurie, and they have three adult children; Austin, wife Katie, and grandsons... Killian and Asher; Devin; and Whitney. Dave was born and raised in Clayton, NC and moved to Beaufort in the summer of 2015 to serve locally as a missionary with the Military Ministry of Cru. He and Laurie continue to serve as Cru missionary staff, currently as the Southeast Regional Director. He holds a BS in Psychology: Christian Counseling and Master of Divinity: Chaplaincy from Liberty University. Dave loves reading, traveling, and spending time outdoors, especially camping and hiking. Dave is a Marine Corps veteran and is currently a Chaplain Candidate in the Navy Reserve. Dave leads our Prayer Team and loves to preach and teach God’s word.
PREACH THE GOSPEL. MAKE DISCIPLES.
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God's revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.
Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19; J o s h u a 8 : 3 4 ; P s a l m s 1 9 : 7 - 1 0 ; 119:11,89,105,140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Jeremiah 15:16; 36:1-32; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 2:16ff.; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21.
There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is infinite in holiness and all other perfections. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of His free creatures. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
God as Father reigns with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. He is all powerful, all knowing, all loving, and all wise. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ. He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men.
(Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Exodus 3:14; 6:2-3; 15:11ff.; 20:1ff.; Leviticus 22:2; Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:6; 1 Chronicles 29:10; Psalm 19:1-3; Isaiah 43:3,15; 64:8; Jeremiah 10:10; 17:13; Matthew 6:9ff.; 7:11; 23:9; 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; John 4:24; 5:26; 14:6-13; 17:1-8; Acts 1:7; Romans 8:14-15; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 4:6; Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:17; Hebrews 11:6; 12:9; 1 Peter 1:17; 1 John 5:7)
Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, fully God, fully man, in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever present Lord.
(Genesis 18:1ff.; Psalms 2:7ff.; 110:1ff.; Isaiah 7:14; Isaiah 53:1-12; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 11:27; 14:33; 16:16,27; 17:5; 27; 28:1-6,19; Mark 1:1; 3:11; Luke 1:35; 4:41; 22:70; 24:46; John 1:1-18,29; 10:30,38; 11:25-27; 12:44-50; 14:7-11; 16:15-16,28; 17:1-5, 21-22; 20:1-20,28; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; 9:4-5,20; Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 5:6-21; 8:1-3,34; 10:4; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2:2; 8:6; 15:1-8,24-28; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; 8:9; Galatians 4:4-5; Ephesians 1:20; 3:11; 4:7-10; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13-22; 2:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16; Titus 2:13-14; Hebrews 1:1-3; 4:14-15; 7:14-28; 9:12-15,24-28; 12:2; 13:8; 1 Peter 2:21-25; 3:22; 1 John 1:7-9; 3:2; 4:14-15; 5:9; 2 John 7-9; Revelation 1:13-16; 5:9-14; 12:10-11; 13:8; 19:16)
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He inspired holy men of old to w r i t e t h e S c r i p t u r e s . T h r o u g h illumination He enables men to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment. He calls men to the Savior, and effects regeneration. At the moment of regeneration He baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. He seals the believer unto the day of final redemption. His presence in the Christian is the guarantee that God will bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism, and service.
(Genesis 1:2; Judges 14:6; Job 26:13; Psalms 51:11; 139:7ff.; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Matthew 1:18; 3:16; 4:1; 12:28-32; 28:19; Mark 1:10,12; Luke 1:35; 4:1,18-19; 11:13; 12:12; 24:49; John 4:24; 14:16-17,26; 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4,38; 4:31; 5:3; 6:3; 7:55; 8:17,39; 10:44; 13:2; 15:28; 16:6; 19:1-6; Romans 8:9-11,14-16,26-27; 1 Corinthians 2:10-14; 3:16; 12:3-11,13; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30; 5:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; 1 Timothy 3:16; 4:1; 2 Timothy 1:14; 3:16; Hebrews 9:8,14; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 John 4:13; 5:6-7; Revelation 1:10; 22:17)
Man is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them male and female as the crowning work of His creation. The gift of gender is thus part of the goodness of God's creation. In the beginning man was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through the temptation of Satan man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence whereby his posterity inherit a nature and an environment inclined toward sin. Therefore, as soon as they are capable of moral action, they become transgressors and are under condemnation. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore, every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love.
(Genesis 1:26-30; 2:5,7,18-22; 3; 9:6; Psalms 1; 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah 17:5; Matthew 16:26; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18,23; 5:6,12,19; 6:6; 7:14-25; 8:14-18,29; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19,21-22; Ephesians 2:1-22; Colossians 1:21-22;)
Salvation involves the redemption of the
whole man, and is offered freely to all
who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and
Savior, who by His own blood obtained
eternal redemption for the believer. In its
broadest sense salvation includes
regeneration, justification, sanctification,
and glorification. There is no salvation
apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ
A. Regeneration, or the new birth, is a work of God's grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart wrought by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace. Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Savior.
B. Justification is God's gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ. Justification brings the believer unto a relationship of peace and favor with God.
C. Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God's purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. Growth in grace should continue throughout the regenerate person's life. D. Glorification is the culmination of salvation and is the final blessed and abiding state of the redeemed.
(Genesis 3:15; Exodus 3:14-17; 6:2-8; Matthew 1:21; 4:17; 16:21-26; 27:22-28:6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:11-14,29; 3:3-21,36; 5:24; 10:9,28-29; 15:1-16; 17:17; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11; 16:30-31; 17:30-31; 20:32; Romans 1:16-18; 2:4; 3:23-25; 4:3ff.; 5:8-10; 6:1-23; 8:1-18,29-39; 10:9-10,13; 13:11-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18,30; 6:19-20; 15:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; 5:22-25; 6:15; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-22; 4:11-16; Philippians 2:12-13; Colossians 1:9-22; 3:1ff.; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; 2 Timothy 1:12; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 2:1-3; 5:8-9; 9:24-28; 11:1-12:8,14; James 2:14-26; 1 Peter 1:2-23; 1 John 1:6-2:11; Revelation 3:20; 21:1-22:5)
The New Testament speaks also of the church as the Body of Christ which includes all of the redeemed of all the ages, believers from every tribe, and tongue, and people, and nation. A New Testament church of the Lord Jesus Christ is an autonomous local congregation of baptized believers, associated by covenant in the faith and fellowship of the gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ, governed by His laws, exercising the gifts, rights, and privileges invested in them by His Word, and seeking to extend the gospel to the ends of the earth. Each congregation operates under the Lordship of Christ through democratic processes. In such a congregation each member is responsible and accountable to Christ as Lord. Its scriptural officers are pastors/ elders and deacons. While both men and women are gifted for service in the church, the office of pastor is limited to men as qualified by Scripture.
(Matthew 16:15-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-42,47; 5:11-14; 6:3-6; 13:1-3; 14:23,27; 15:1-30; 16:5; 20:28; Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 3:16; 5:4-5; 7:17; 9:13-14; 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:8-11,21; 5:22-32; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:18; 1 Timothy 2:9-14; 3:1-15; 4:14; Hebrews 11:39-40; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 2-3; 21:2-3)
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believer's faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer's death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership. Communion is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the fruit of the vine, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.
(Matthew 3:13-17; 26:26-30; 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; 14:22-26; Luke 3:21-22; 22:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42; 8:35-39; 16:30-33; 20:7; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 10:16,21; 11:23-29; Colossians 2:12)
God, in His own time and in His own way, will bring the world to its appropriate end. According to His promise, Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly in glory to the earth; the dead will be raised; and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. The unrighteous will be consigned to Hell, the place of everlasting punishment. The righteous in their resurrected and glorified bodies will receive their reward and will dwell forever in Heaven with the Lord.
(Isaiah 2:4; 11:9; Matthew 16:27; 18:8-9; 19:28; 24:27,30,36,44; 25:31-46; 26:64; Mark 8:38; 9:43-48; Luke 12:40,48; 16:19-26; 17:22-37; 21:27-28; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11; 17:31; Romans 14:10; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 15:24-28,35-58; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Philippians 3:20-21; Colossians 1:5; 3:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 5:1ff.; 2 Thessalonians 1:7ff.; 2; 1 Timothy 6:14; 2 Timothy 4:1,8; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 9:27-28; James 5:8; 2 Peter 3:7ff.; 1 John 2:28; 3:2; Jude 14; Revelation 1:18; 3:11; 20:1-22:13)
God has ordained the family as the
foundational institution of human
society. It is composed of persons
related to one another by marriage,
blood, or adoption.
Marriage is the uniting of one man and one woman in covenant commitment for a lifetime. It is God's unique gift to reveal the union between Christ and His church and to provide for the man and the woman in marriage the framework for intimate companionship, the channel of sexual expression according to biblical standards, and the means for procreation of the human race. The husband and wife are of equal worth before God, since both are created in God's image. The marriage relationship models the way God relates to His people. A husband is to love his wife as Christ loved the church. He has the God-given responsibility to provide for, to protect, and to lead his family. A wife is to submit herself graciously to the servant leadership of her husband even as the church willingly submits to the headship of Christ. She being in the image of God as is her husband and thus equal to him, has the God-given responsibility to respect her husband and to serve as his helper in managing the household and nurturing the next generation.
Children , from the moment of conception, are a blessing and heritage from the Lord . Parents are to demonstrate to their children God's pattern for marriage. Parents are to teach their children spiritual and moral values and to lead them, through consistent lifestyle example and loving discipline, to make choices based on biblical truth. Children are to honor and obey their parents.
(Genesis 1:26-28; 2:15-25; 3:1-20; Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Joshua 24:15; 1 Samuel 1:26-28; Psalms 51:5; 78:1-8; 127; 128; 139:13-16; Proverbs 1:8; 5:15-20; 6:20-22; 12:4; 13:24; 14:1; 17:6; 18:22; 22:6,15; 23:13-14; 24:3; 29:15,17; 31:10-31; Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; 9:9; Malachi 2:14-16; Matthew 5:31-32; 18:2-5; 19:3-9; Mark 10:6-12; Romans 1:18-32; 1 Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:21-33; 6:1-4; Colossians 3:18-21; 1 Timothy 5:8,14; 2 Timothy 1:3-5; Titus 2:3-5; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Peter 3:1-7)
Having, as we trust, been bought by Divine grace to repent and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and to surrender our lives completely to Him, and having been baptized upon our profession of faith, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, we do now, relying on His gracious aid, solemnly and joyfully affirm this covenant with each other to preach the Gospel and make disciples.
We will work and pray for the unity of the Spirit and the bond of peace and we will walk together in love. We will seek, by Divine aid, to live carefully in the world, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, and remembering that, as we have been voluntarily buried by baptism and raised again from the grave, that there is on us a special obligation to lead a new and holy life. We will work together for the continuance of a faithful gospel-centered ministry in this church as we sustain its worship, ordinances, disciplines, and doctrines.
We will GATHER. We will not forsake the assembling of ourselves together, but will faithfully attend our corporate worship, treasuring our weekly opportunity to sing, pray, and receive the whole counsel of God’s Word. We will delight in the glory of God, depend upon the presence of God, grow in our knowledge of God, and submit to the Word of God as the all-sufficient authority in our lives and in His church. We will regularly participate in the Lord’s supper both to celebrate the work of Christ on the cross on our behalf and to anticipate His future return for His bride.
We will GROW. We will meet with one another with increasing frequency as the Day of the Lord draws near, stirring up one another to love and good works. We will bear one another’s burdens. We will humbly and gently confront one another and receive correction from one another in church discipline and restoration. We will engage to maintain personal and family devotions, and together we will search the scriptures, devoting ourselves to teaching, fellowship with other believers, the breaking of bread, and prayer.
We will GIVE. We will cheerfully and faithfully contribute to support of the ministry of the word, the needs of the congregation, the relief of the poor, the expenses of the church, and the spread of the Gospel to all nations. We will joyfully serve the congregation through the unique gifts that have been graciously and irrevocably bestowed upon us by the Spirit of God as we fulfill our essential function as individual members of one body.
We will GO. We will endeavor, by a pure and loving example, to seek the salvation of our family, friends, and neighbors. We will also seek to bring back those who wander from the truth, thus saving their souls from death and covering a multitude of sins. From our homes to the ends of the earth, we will be faithful to fulfill the Great Commission, and we covenant together to glorify God by making disciples of all nations.
We will, if we move from this place, as soon as possible, unite with another local church body where we can carry out the spirit of this covenant under the teaching of the Word of God.
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