Cross Park History
Cross Park Church officially started in the spring of 2011, but there is a backstory with several characters. The primary character is Jesus, who loves to build his church.
Jesus has been calling his people to start new churches for centuries. In this case, Jesus has been leading Uptown Church to take part in starting new churches in Charlotte and around the world. Uptown has been the "mother church" to three other churches before Cross Park. Thus, people at Uptown Church had been praying and hoping for a new church in south Charlotte for several years.
The plot thickened in the spring of 2009 when God began working in Jeff Hardy to consider being a church planter. After an interview process, Uptown Church hired Jeff Hardy in January of 2010 to move to Charlotte and begin working on a new church. Jeff and his family moved to Charlotte and worked to build a team of people from Uptown and other churches to get ready to launch Cross Park. Cross Park started its services in March 2011, meeting at Smithfield Elementary School in south Charlotte.