Anderson in Oklahoma City: Arizona Pastor Ready to Return to Crossings for Regional

 In All Church of God, Central, CHOG, Church of God Convention

By Carl Stagner

Close to the center of the continental United States sprawls the bustling Oklahoma City, with an estimated 1.4 million inhabitants across the metro area. Three interstates crisscross the city, in addition to several state and national highways—including the iconic Route 66. While many a traveler’s journey and multiple historical timelines intersect in the heart of the Sooner State, one of the most influential Church of God congregations in the world also serves as an important spiritual intersection there. For the second of three Regionals this year, featured speaker Matt Anderson sees the aptly named Crossings Community Church as one such sacred spot. On June 18, the Arizona pastor is ready to return to a place and a people vital to his own calling and craft.

“I love Crossings and am honored to be a part of the Church of God Regional in OKC this June,” Matt reflects. “In many ways, it was a mentorship and friendship with Marty Grubbs that helped me navigate my calling as a pastor. [The pastor of Crossings] invested in me and gave me a place to grow into that calling. He’s an incredible leader and faithful pastor to so many. And it was being in and around the ministry of Crossings that God stretched my mind and heart to understand ministry in a much broader sense. Crossings’ compassionate and Christ-centered approach to ministry has shaped so much of McDowell’s ministry here in Arizona. Anytime I’m able to return, spend some time with Marty, and be inspired by the ministry of Crossings, I’m all in!”

Matt Anderson

The influence of Crossings has surely had an impact on both Pastor Matt Anderson and the congregation he leads in Scottsdale, Arizona. McDowell Church is one of the fastest growing in the Church of God movement today, and wields a substantial and growing influence on the Valley of the Sun—not to mention the world beyond. For the 2024 Regional in Oklahoma City, Matt joins a stellar lineup of speakers, including Marty Grubbs, Tatum Osbourne, Deidre Franklin, and Jim Lyon. Offering conference or breakout session leadership, several other special guests are slated to make this second 2024 Regional rise to heights greater than OKC’s Wheeler Ferris Wheel: Paul Sheppard, Lori Fast, Joshua Brandt, Chip Taylor, Gary Kendall, Ken Love, Jeff Stewart, Bill Search, Sheila Urton, and Lance Ward.

“With the current landscape in our world and in our country,” Matt explains, “it’s my prayer that this gathering would be a time of connection, relational healing, encouragement, and inspiration to be the church God would use as ‘Kingdom outposts’ of his love, grace, peace, and hope.”

Prior to, and during the event, special opportunities for learning, networking, and spiritual growth will be afforded guests of the Oklahoma Regional. A tour of the expansive campus of Crossings Community Church and its incredible auxiliary ministries, “affinity lunches” designed around important topics and hosted by various ministry groups, and even food trucks (think your favorite street fair!) are all a part of the June experience.

“As leaders, we need times like this, with one another,” Matt concludes, “to stretch our hearts and minds. I’m looking forward to all we’ll experience together in OKC.”

It’s not too late to register for the Oklahoma Regional, June 18–20 at Crossings Community Church. Visit www.chogconvention.org for all the details.

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