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 to plant 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 challenged Rankin Wilbourne, who was pastoring in Chattanooga at the time, to consider moving to Los Angeles to “re-plant” PCC. Although initially hesitant to come to Los Angeles, Rankin became convinced that the Lord was indeed calling him to this community, and he 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.
During that season, PCC experienced significant and rapid growth. In 2009, the church added a second morning service and elected their first elders to help lead the community. In 2010, the congregation outgrew University High and moved to a larger middle school in Santa Monica. At about the same time they launched an evening service at St. John’s Cathedral downtown, to serve communities on the east side. The downtown congregation kept a personality of its own, even as the weekly liturgy remained nearly identical to that of the Westside services. In 2012, the Westside morning services moved to their current location at Barnum Hall on the campus of Santa Monica High School. In a fulfillment of its original mission to plant churches in Los Angeles, PCC has launched three now-thriving “daughter” churches: King’s Church of Long Beach, planted in 2005, The Way in South Pasadena, planted in 2016, and PCC South Bay, planted in 2019
In addition to Sunday services, the church meets as over 80 smaller Community Groups throughout the city, and serves the needs of Los Angeles in tangible ways through the partnerships of Hope for Los Angeles, the church’s the 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Pastoral 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.”