At Pacific Crossroads:
We worship publicly and privately.
We are involved in intentional community.
We live a life of mission so all may know Christ.
Pacific Crossroads Church (PCC) began in early 1998 as a group of five friends meeting together for prayer, with the hope of starting a new church on the Westside. At the same time, church planter Bill Powis was preparing to move to LA to plant a church with the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). He joined with these five friends and became PCC’s first pastor.
Their first public worship service was held in May 1999 at a Westside event venue. As the church grew, it moved to larger locations, settling for several years at University High School. In 2005, Bill left PCC and planted a church in Atlanta. The remaining community stayed together—without pastoral staff and without any elders—as they were convinced that God had special plans for this church.
The thriving young community got the attention of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, a church with a particular burden for planting churches in global cities. Believing that PCC could become a church-planting church in and for Los Angeles, Redeemer asked Rankin Wilbourne, who was pastoring in Chattanooga at the time, to consider moving to Los Angeles to “re-plant” PCC. Rankin became the pastor of PCC in August of 2006. He would remain in that role for 14 years, serving as Senior Pastor through February, 2020.
In 2009, the church added a second morning service and elected their first elders to help lead the community. In 2010, PCC launched an evening service at St. John’s Cathedral downtown to serve communities on the east side. In 2012, the Westside morning services moved to their current location at Barnum Hall on the campus of Santa Monica High School.
PCC also launched three “daughter” churches: King’s Church of Long Beach, planted in 2005, The Way in South Pasadena, planted in 2016, and King’s Cross, planted in 2019.
2020 saw the departure of Pastor Wilbourne and the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. During this challenging time, Paul Hahn, who was Coordinator of Mission to North America for the Presbyterian Church of America, agreed to step in and lead the church as Interim Senior Pastor. With his guidance, Pacific Crossroads is growing again and close to finding a permanent pastor. In January of 2023, the church commissioned core members of the downtown service to launch a new church, called Orchard Church, now meeting in Eagle Rock.
Pacific Crossroads Church serves the needs of Los Angeles through the partnerships of Hope for Los Angeles, the church’s mercy and justice arm. The church supports gospel-centered ministry through the Center for Faith and Work, and Reformed University Fellowship at USC and UCLA. Loving our city and loving the world continue to be driving forces of the community. In whatever place PCC happens to be, the mission remains the same: to gather, grow, and send forth strong disciples of Jesus, for the glory of God, motivated by the Gospel of Grace, because He first loved us.
Throughout the Bible, God sets apart leaders to care for and serve His people, yet leadership in the Bible is distinctively different. Leaders in the church are called to serve, under God, to equip and build up others (Ephesians 4:11-12). The Bible lays out two main offices of leadership in the local church: elders and deacons.
The biblical picture of elders is found in 1 Timothy 3, Acts 20, and Titus 1. At Pacific Crossroads, elders are trained to see themselves primarily as shepherds (1 Peter 5) who lead, feed, know, and protect those entrusted to their care. To contact our elders email: email@example.com
Current Ruling Elders
Current Teaching Elders
The biblical picture of deacons is found in Acts 6 and 1 Timothy 3. The title deacon comes from the Greek word for “servant.” Deacons at Pacific Crossroads serve the church in a variety of capacities. They assist the elders of the church in diverse areas such as the Finance Team, Operations, Mercy Ministry, and Congregational Care.
“Whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”