SUCCESSION


This January, our long-tenured Founding and Senior Pastor Tim Celek announced his succession plans to our church congregation. With great excitement, Tim shared that Andrew Brownback, our present Adult Ministry and Teaching Pastor, will step into the role of Lead Pastor of The Crossing effective October 2018.

This announcement brings to fruition a several year succession process that Tim has led, alongside the Board of our church. This transition began over a year ago with intentional coaching and mentoring that will continue through the hand-off of leadership in the fall of 2018.

In September of 1988, with encouragement from Calvary Church Santa Ana, Tim launched out to begin a brand new church plant in the city of Costa Mesa, with his wife, Sue, and a small group of people. From that time until today, Tim has diligently and passionately grown The Crossing. From the humble beginnings of the small A-frame church building on 23rd and Orange, to our present location on Newport Boulevard, the heartbeat of the church has remained the same: “To help people who are saying no to God, say yes to Him through Jesus.”

Much has changed through the years, yet the one constant has been our belief in a very BIG God and His miraculous handiwork in and through our church. We have seen thousands of lives supernaturally changed forever. We know this Lead Pastor change has been God-inspired and God-led. Tim strongly felt many years ago that it would be important to position The Crossing for continued impact for generations to come through a well-planned leadership transition.

For more than five years, Tim and the Board of The Crossing have read, watched, listened, and sought out best practice wisdom regarding the succession of a long-tenured leader. Over two years ago, Tim and the Board initiated a nationwide search process to select the person who would join Tim in a two-year intentional leadership changeover, and Andrew Brownback was selected from numerous candidates. “Right from the beginning, a bond was forged between Andrew and I,” Tim remembers.

Tim and the Board were praying and searching for someone who would understand and embrace the mission, vision, and values of The Crossing. “Because of Andrew’s response to Jesus in his early twenties,” says Tim, “and the focus of his ministry and training in his previous church, I knew we found the right person for The Crossing.”

“Many people, myself included, have noticed how people respond to his speaking,” Tim observed. “I very much enjoy that his style is different from mine. I have been impacted as a result of his insights from the Scriptures.”

Andrew, Melissa, and their two boys, Evan (4) and Keller (2), have settled into Costa Mesa from Chicago, quickly falling in love with both the climate and the people of our community. “They, like Sue and I, are from the Midwest.

I have watched them immediately adapt to life in Southern California,” Tim states. “What has been so readily apparent is how the leaders and people in our Group Ministry have connected with Andrew and Melissa. They are a great fit for our church.”

Finding a pastor who was a cultural fit for The Crossing was crucial for Tim and the Board, as was finding someone with broad experience. Andrew grew his ministry experience in a church much larger than The Crossing, and he also had the opportunity to hold various staff positions there. “Yes, the role of Lead Pastor is new for Andrew,” says Tim, “but it is easy to see God has been preparing him for a role such as this. I respect Andrew a ton. He is both a strong and humble leader. From the outset, he desired to come into a situation where he could be coached for a period of time before assuming the primary leadership role. The match is wonderful and God’s hand has been evident.”

In October 2018, The Crossing’s 30th anniversary, Tim will step down from his position as Senior Pastor. At that time, he will take a brief break from The Crossing; however, he will continue to be engaged in an ongoing coaching relationship with Andrew, and will periodically speak on weekends as a part of The Crossing’s teaching team.

“I love The Crossing. Sue and I look forward to remaining a vital part of The Crossing’s church family. I have been praying about this transition for nearly 10 years now. For 30 years, I and many others have had a front row seat to the marvelous and mighty hand of a big God. What’s awesome is that we are seeing yet another movement of God in our church through this succession journey”

This announcement brings to fruition a several year succession process that Tim has led, alongside the Board of our church. This transition began over a year ago with intentional coaching and mentoring that will continue through the hand-off of leadership in the fall of 2018.


In September of 1988, with encouragement from Calvary Church Santa Ana, Tim launched out to begin a brand new church plant in the city of Costa Mesa, with his wife, Sue, and a small group of people. From that time until today, Tim has diligently and passionately grown The Crossing. From the humble beginnings of the small A-frame church building on 23rd and Orange, to our present location on Newport Boulevard, the heartbeat of the church has remained the same: “To help people who are saying no to God, say yes to Him through Jesus.”

Much has changed through the years, yet the one constant has been our belief in a very BIG God and His miraculous handiwork in and through our church. We have seen thousands of lives supernaturally changed forever. We know this Lead Pastor change has been God-inspired and God-led. Tim strongly felt many years ago that it would be important to position The Crossing for continued impact for generations to come through a well-planned leadership transition.

For more than five years, Tim and the Board of The Crossing have read, watched, listened, and sought out best practice wisdom regarding the succession of a long-tenured leader. Over two years ago, Tim and the Board initiated a nationwide search process to select the person who would join Tim in a two-year intentional leadership changeover, and Andrew Brownback was selected from numerous candidates. “Right from the beginning, a bond was forged between Andrew and I,” Tim remembers.


Tim and the Board were praying and searching for someone who would understand and embrace the mission, vision, and values of The Crossing. “Because of Andrew’s response to Jesus in his early twenties,” says Tim, “and the focus of his ministry and training in his previous church, I knew we found the right person for The Crossing.”

“Many people, myself included, have noticed how people respond to his speaking,” Tim observed. “I very much enjoy that his style is different from mine. I have been impacted as a result of his insights from the Scriptures.”

Andrew, Melissa, and their two boys, Evan (4) and Keller (2), have settled into Costa Mesa from Chicago, quickly falling in love with both the climate and the people of our community. “They, like Sue and I, are from the Midwest. I have watched them immediately adapt to life in Southern California,” Tim states. “What has been so readily apparent is how the leaders and people in our Group Ministry have connected with Andrew and Melissa. They are a great fit for our church.”


Finding a pastor who was a cultural fit for The Crossing was crucial for Tim and the Board, as was finding someone with broad experience. Andrew grew his ministry experience in a church much larger than The Crossing, and he also had the opportunity to hold various staff positions there. “Yes, the role of Lead Pastor is new for Andrew,” says Tim, “but it is easy to see God has been preparing him for a role such as this. I respect Andrew a ton. He is both a strong and humble leader. From the outset, he desired to come into a situation where he could be coached for a period of time before assuming the primary leadership role. The match is wonderful and God’s hand has been evident.”


In October 2018, The Crossing’s 30th anniversary, Tim will step down from his position as Senior Pastor. At that time, he will take a brief break from The Crossing; however, he will continue to be engaged in an ongoing coaching relationship with Andrew, and will periodically speak on weekends as a part of The Crossing’s teaching team.

“I love The Crossing. Sue and I look forward to remaining a vital part of The Crossing’s church family. I have been praying about this transition for nearly 10 years now. For 30 years, I and many others have had a front row seat to the marvelous and mighty hand of a big God. What’s awesome is that we are seeing yet another movement of God in our church through this succession journey”

FAQS


October 1, 2018, Tim hands over the strategic, directional and primary leadership of The Crossing to Andrew.
Yes, Tim will have a role on the staff of The Crossing. However, for a portion of time following October 1, 2018, he will take a break. Periodically, Tim will be speaking during weekend services.
Yes, after a period of time away, Tim and Sue plan on remaining a part of The Crossing.
No; our church’s constitution and bylaws allow for only one paid staff member to be on the Board, and that is the senior and lead pastor of The Crossing, which at that time will be Andrew.
Over the 30 year history of our church, there has been continuous change; through the various alterations, adjustments or additions, we have seen God’s powerful hand. As we see throughout the Scriptures, “change” entered into with a spiritual sense of anticipation results in growth. We desire this sort of growth for ourselves and for our church.
Tim and the Board of The Crossing have been on a multi-year journey of understanding the best practices of successful pastoral successions. We made the decision to look outside of our staff for an individual who would be involved with Tim in an intentional two year overlap of transition. After a national search using a professional search firm, we wholeheartedly selected and offered Andrew Brownback a position on the staff of The Crossing with the understanding he would be transitioning into the role of Lead Pastor in the fall of 2018.
The mission and vision of The Crossing will not be changing. Our mission is to help people saying no to God say yes to Him through Jesus. Our vision is to be the kind of church that unchurched people want to come to and bring their friends. This focus will not change. However, as culture and society shift, we need to understand the signs of the times and adapt our methods to continue to reach and grow people for Jesus.
Tim and Andrew will have a consistent time for coaching and encouragement.
Tim and Sue have partnered together to prepare for this transition since Tim initiated his planning for succession a number of years ago. Together, they have been praying, planning, and preparing for a successful transition. This has been a joint endeavor for Tim and Sue. They have seen the powerful movement of God in their lives over the years. Therefore, they are looking forward to seeing what God has in store for The Crossing, Andrew, as well as themselves.
Please know Tim and Andrew welcome your prayers as they continue this intentional transfer of leadership through October 2018. Pray for Andrew as he assumes the various responsibilities of senior leadership. Pray that our church congregation steps into unprecedented levels of growth and engagement. Pray for Tim and Sue in the initial months post transition that they would enjoy a renewed time of connection with one another, their children and grandchildren.
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