Steve Abbe, Pastor

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Welcome to Crossroads!  I love saying that!  I’m the Senior Pastor here at Crossroads and this is the greatest group of people to be family with. My wife and ministry partner, Cyndi and our two daughters, Emily and Erin, planted Crossroads in our home in 2002.  Over the next year, God built a core team of 6 couples and eventually 40 committed people.  We launched our first service on Easter Sunday, June 2003.  It has been one of the most amazing and challenging journeys of our marriage and ministry, but there is no place we would rather be at this time in our life.  I am the only full time staff member, so a typical day for me looks like answering the phone from my office in my truck as I move around the community building relationships through meetings, counseling and eating!!  I am my own secretary, except for Tuesday mornings when our wonderful and committed volunteer comes in.  Through my leadership gifts I am primarily responsible for overseeing the leadership of the church, the staff, the Administrative Team and our Elders.  I share the preaching and teaching with my wife and co-pastor, along with our staff and other gifted teachers in the church.  I carry the load for the majority of counseling needs in the church.  And, I have a secret passion to be the Children’s Pastor (but don’t tell anyone).  I love kids, they are our greatest resource.

I am a home grown Robinson boy and that's where I began my ministry work through the local church, as a youth pastor and in Fellowship of Christian Athletes. My wife Cyndi and I met at Baylor, married in 1984, and moved to Fort Worth.  While Cyndi coached and taught, I served as an Associate Pastor and was a seminary student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  We served together at Birdville Baptist Church for the next 10 years.  Then, in 1993, our lives took an adventurous turn by relocating just outside of Washington, D.C. for a life-changing ministry together.  We enjoyed another 10 years pastoring together at the First Baptist Church of Wheaton, Maryland.  Following a trip to Africa, I found myself standing at a crossroads in ministry life.  After much prayer, we believed God had given us a new vision.  This new vision became the heart and mission of Crossroads Fellowship.  We know that God used our time in D.C., and as a result of that experience and the work God did in and through us, to birth something new in our heart. God wanted us to take the values He reshaped in our lives and go home to impact a community that included family and friends, many of whom did not have a relationship with Christ. God’s dream from that moment has been to create a church that desires to be a place where anyone standing at a crossroads in life will be welcomed to journey along and discover truth in the values God has for their own life.

Some Facts About Me

  • First Job: Construction and Roofing
  • Favorite Places: I loved South Padre Beach growing up and the beach at Ubu, Espirto Santo, Brazil.
  • What's on my iPod: Country and contemporary Christian
  • Favorite Books: Leadership books.  My favorite author is John Maxwell.
  • What do I TiVo: 24 and The Bachelor for my daughters
  • Favorite Movies: Action and shoot-‘em-up movies (especially ones with Jean-Claude Van Damme or Steven Seagal).  I also like movies filmed in D.C.
  • Hobbies: Hunting and Golf
  • Odd Fact: My favorite TV watching past time is The Hallmark or Lifetime Channel.  I really am a teddy bear at heart.
  • A Memorable Moment: The birth of my two daughters, Emily and Erin, who are now all grown up and continue to create memorable moments daily!!
  • Life Verse: Psalm 84:11
    “For the LORD God is our sun and shield; He gives us grace and glory; 
    No good thing does He withhold from those who walk along His path."