Cross and Crown is part of the Lutheran Church – which means we are a bible based church that stand on the core teachings of
Grace Alone. Faith Alone. Scripture Alone.
Cross and Crown began as a mission expansion effort of Holy Word Lutheran Church in Austin, TX. With a number of individuals driving from Georgetown to worship in Austin, a decision was made to explore the possibility of starting a congregation in Georgetown. The plan included requesting a vicar (third year Seminary student) to join the Holy Word staff with a focus on reaching out into the Georgetown community. In summer of 1995, Vicar Mike Geiger joined Pastor Don Patterson and the Holy Word congregation to work at this mission effort.
September of 1995 was an exciting time. After months, maybe years, of discussions and planning a new mission was started in Georgetown, TX in the living room of Alice and John Pennington (just a couple blocks off the Georgetown square). Optimism was high. Dreams abounded. This dedicated group of 15-20 individuals invested themselves to bring Jesus to people in Georgetown. In February of 1996, a regular Sunday morning service started.
Later that year the WELS Home Mission board approved funding so the mission could call its own Pastor. In July of 1996, Pastor Eric Hartzell was installed as Cross and Crown’s first resident pastor. He led the congregation for 20 years, developing a ministry focused on visitation, caring for the home-bound, and growing members in the Word of God. Shortly after he arrived, the congregation moved to rented facilities off of Rock Street. This served as the meeting spot until the group secured 10 acres of land in the north part of Georgetown off of Shell Road. With the help of volunteers from Builders for Christ (a volunteer organization with Kingdom Workers), the congregation built their current facility at 3800 Shell Road in 2002.
In June of 2016, Pastor Hartzell left the congregation to serve the parish in Globe, AZ. In January of 2017, Pastor Mike Geiger, the vicar who helped start the congregation in 1995, returned to guide the congregation in to the years ahead. With new leadership and fresh vision, Cross and Crown desires to impact this community with the love of Jesus for years to come!
We are currently working to update our mission and ministry plan. In order to get things started, we are using the following themes until updated.
TAGLINE: Loved. Gifted. Redeemed.
You are loved by God and His people.
He has gifted you with unique skills and abilities to use on this earth and for His glory.
God loved you so much that He sent His Son, Jesus, to redeem you from your sin. Jesus perfect life and resurrection is the fulfillment of the standards we cannot do on our own — this is grace and a free gift given.
KEY PASSAGE: John10:10b “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
CONNECT. WORSHIP. GROW. SERVE. SHARE.
Summer/Fall 2017 Stategic Planning team is updating Cross & Crown’s Vision, Mission, and Strategic Plan.