Charlie Crossroads Elder
Where I have been and what I have done
I was born in Madrid, Spain, the 5th child of missionary parents who helped start a Bible school there during the regime of Francisco Franco. When I was just 6 months old, my parents returned to Southern California, where my father continued in ministry as a pastor and then, several years later, as the director of Gospel Recordings (https://globalrecordings.net/en/), a missionary organization focused on spreading the gospel to the “least reached language groups of the world".
Growing up in a Christian home as a “PK” (Pastor’s Kid) and an “MK” (Missionary’s Kid), I have an appreciation for those in ministry and the sacrifices they and their families often make, as well as the global and diverse nature of the Church. I’m very grateful to have had Christian parents and grandparents who modeled what “walking with Christ” looks like.
My wife, Lisa, and I moved to the Netherlands in 1997 for my work… originally for a 3-year "adventure" that has now grown to over 20! My day job is with an international organization here in Den Haag where I am a senior scientist, and I thoroughly enjoy working with colleagues from many different nations. I have a university degree in aerospace engineering and have thankfully been able to work in an area that is both challenging and rewarding.
Lisa and I started attending Crossroads about 6 months after they began services at the British Senior School of The Hague (BSN), and I have served on various ministry teams including Setup & Takedown, Meet & Greet, several Pastor search teams, the building search team, and also a previous term on the elder board from 2006 to 2011. In addition to recently rejoining the elder board, I am also a member of the teaching/speaking team here at Crossroads.
What I like about Crossroads
When we first came to Crossroads, we were struck by the open and welcoming atmosphere as well as the diversity of cultural and Christian backgrounds of the people we met. Moving away from our own culture and into such a diverse community has been a good and stretching time for us. It's given us the opportunity to evaluate some of our more "black and white" cultural and denominational views, and to experience how life-giving (and humbling) it can be to join together with other believers whose paths to Christ have followed different routes.
I have always appreciated that Crossroads has tried to be a place of acceptance and refuge. After more than 20 years at Crossroads, I’ve seen first-hand how folks came from different places in their life, many quite broken, and found the freedom to come to Christ (or grow in Christ) without judgment or guilt; responding to an invitation into a relationship with our Lord. It's been an extraordinary gift to get to see that.
Scripture that is central to my life
Philippians 2:1-13 (NIV)
“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death —
even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”