What is Crossroads of East Tennessee? Crossroads is a non-profit 501c3 ministry recognized by the state of Tennessee and chartered in January 2005. We are involved in Christian ministry among high school and middle school students on the local campuses in the east Tennessee area. Crossroads is a faith ministry supported in prayer and finances by partnering churches, Bible fellowships, and individuals.
Who is Crossroads of East Tennessee? The ministry has been developed and implemented by Phil and Amy Pippenger. Phil has served as the executive director since its inception. A local board of directors composed of believers from churches in and around the east Tennessee area give oversight to the organization. Various interns and volunteers also assist Phil in the ministry.
Why Crossroads of East Tennessee? As a former teacher, Phil encountered a myriad of questions of students. Such questions ranged from ethics to salvation to apologetics. He found that students had questions about spiritual issues in terms of "why we believe this way" and "what we believe." Phil noticed that students had a desire to know "what is good" and "what is evil" through inductive Bible study.
How is Crossroads of East Tennessee on the local campus? With the permission of local school administrators, Crossroads conducts Bible studies on a weekly basis (before and immediately after school) in several middle schools and high schools. By studying Scripture verse-by-verse, students can better understand the context of the Bible and apply it to their lives. Students learn to depend upon personal study of God's Word, not man's interpretation for truths. Besides Bible studies, Crossroads is involved in chapel services with athletic teams and the local juvenile detention center, speaking to local church student ministries, and serving other needs of the local schools.
Where is Crossroads of East Tennessee? Presently, Crossroads is serving Bradley Central and Walker Valley High Schools, Lake Forest and Ocoee Middle Schools. Future goals are to develop ministries in the Cleveland High/Middle Schools, Polk, McMinn, Meigs, and Rhea County High Schools.