What is God doing among the people living in rural areas of America? After all, rural lands cover most of North America. Next time on Equipped, we will focus on reaching rural communities for Christ. Bert Spalding and Doug Routledge of Crossroads Farm will share the unique needs and powerful partnerships that lead to effective ministry in small towns and churches.
Bert Spalding is the Director of Rural Church Initiatives for Crossroads Farm, facilitating the professional development of small town and rural church pastors. He is also an associate professor in the school of business and the faculty advisor for Ratio Christi at Wayne State University and is an adjunct professor and course developer for Geneva College.
Doug Routledge is executive director and co-founder, with his wife Dawn, of Crossroads Farm, a cooperative rural youth ministry. He has spoken across the country to colleges, churches, civic organizations and camps. Doug is a published illustrator and author of an award winning children’s book, Waking The World, as well as the ARMS Training, Servant Leadership Series. His greatest joy is to equip youth workers for the ministry to rural teenagers. His love for kids and God’s Word come together in everything that he does.
Chris Brooks is the Senior Pastor of Woodside Bible Church, a multisite congregation across the metro-Detroit area. Chris served for 20 years as the Senior Pastor of Evangel Ministries, a thriving 1600-member church in the heart of Detroit. He also served as the campus dean of Moody Theological Seminary in Plymouth, Michigan. A popular Detroit radio host since 2005, Chris is the author of Kingdom Dreaming and Urban Apologetics. He graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Finance, completed his MA in Christian Apologetics at Biola University, and graduated from the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. He is currently pursuing a DMin degree at Asbury Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Yodit, are the proud parents of 5 children, Christopher, Zewditu, Cameron, Judah, and Sophia.