Crosspoint Alliance Church, formerly Perham Community Alliance Church (PCAC) held its first worship service on October 14th, 1990 at 945 West Main Street. Thirty Eight worshipers gathered in the former taxidermy/bait shop building, after having met during the summer months in the back of Strom’s Café (now “Lakes Café”) for a Bible study.
Our First Pastor, Paul Turek, began his ministry as an intern with the Detroit Lakes Community Alliance Church, whose pastors shared a vision for a “daughter church” in Perham. Pastor Paul served part-time in the National Guard and pastoral support was provided by the staff and members of the Detroit Lakes church when he was on duty.
By November, attendance had grown in number to 51. God continued to bless the congregation, and the first-ever Congregational Meeting was held in November, 1990, to discuss “How to become an Official Church.” During that time a building fund was established. An installation service for Pastor Paul and building dedication was held in December 1990.
A congregational meeting was held in January of 1991, under the direction of Pastor David Sohl, Senior Pastor of the Detroit Lakes church, for the purpose of establishing a church government and electing leadership positions. Also several meetings were held with Rev. Jim Medin, Director of Church Growth at the Christian and Missionary Alliance, regarding the future of PCAC.
The congregation looked into possible land purchases in various areas of the community, but didn’t feel God’s leading to any particular spot. So attention was directed toward the building we were in, looking into the prospect of purchasing it in the future. Since chairs were being borrowed from Mike and Connie Cummings of Golden Eagle Campground, the first major purchase was of chairs for the sanctuary, and a sign for the front outside of the building.
In 1992 a Construction Project Manager, and Fundraising Chairman were appointed for renovation of the existing building. For several months, Sunday services were conducted in the choir room at Perham High school. The building was partially demolished, and a new roof was constructed. The old minnow tanks were removed alleviating the ongoing joke about our “baptismal tanks!” On May 31st 1992, 68 people attended the Sunday service, and unanimously voted to organize and incorporate as a church. Twenty Six founding members made up that incorporation in June of 1992. In September Eight people were baptized at the first baptism service held at Paul Miller Park on Little Pine Lake. A Community wide Open House was held in October for the newly remodeled facility.
In November of 1994, Pastor Tom Mitchell came to candidate for the position of senior pastor, as Pastor Paul moved on to a church plant assignment in Iowa. On February 5, 1995 Pastor Tom was officially installed as Pastor at a ceremony at the church.
By the fall of 2001 average attendance was up to 136, presenting seating space as well as parking issues. A committee was set up to look into what options were available in the area that would provide a solution. Leaders from the Baptist congregation contacted leaders from PCAC and in 2002 it was agreed that Bible Baptist Church would be dissolved and sign over its property, including the church building, parsonage and surrounding land over to Perham Community Church. Members of both congregations felt that God had answered the prayers of each group and several Bible Baptist members began attending PCAC. On April 20th 2003, Easter was celebrated in our new building at 600 8th Street NE.
Within a few months, the remodeled taxidermy/bait shop that had been home to PCAC was sold to the congregation of Perham Assemblies of God Church. The parsonage was also sold by 2004? PCAC had completely paid off their mortgage! By God’s grace we have continued to make improvements to the property without incurring any debt, other than monthly operating expenses!
There continues to be evidence of God’s leading in the form of lives that are touched and changed for good as people come to know and then grow in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.