Dr. James & Darlene Drysdale    Rev. Erick & LaVerne Bland

Jeremiah 6:16

16 This is what the Lord says:
“Stop at the crossroads and look around.
    Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it.
Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls...

A Holy Ghost Filled, Non-Denominational Church
10789 Old Halls Ferry Road  -  Ferguson, MO  - 63136

(near the intersection of Old & New Halls Ferry Roads)


Church History

WIN THE LOST AT ANY COST!  The Holy Spirit gave our church’s founder, the late Dr. James A. Drysdale, a burden for lost souls and a vision for establishing a Spiritual Hospital”, a place where Christians of varying denominations, despite their differences, could come together and worship, focusing on what they have in common---their love of God and their love one for the other. The Spirit also impressed on Dr. Drysdale the necessity of establishing a compassionate church, a church that would strive to assure that all who entered its doors would leave in better condition than when they arrived!  In 1972, after much fasting and prayer, Dr. Drysdale was obedient to these divine leadings of the Holy Spirit and he founded our church by the name given to him by the Spirit, The Cathedral at the Crossroads Church.  After renting for seven years at the Mizpah Temple Church on New Halls Ferry Road, God then moved upon the congregation to purchase this present building. 

The late Dr. Drysdale, and his late wife, First Lady Darlene Drysdale, were very effective during the tenure of their ministry.  Especially successful were they in teaching us to be strong in our belief, teaching us how to stand and know Christ and how to be filled with the Holy Spirit for guidance and especially how to live Holy. Dr. Drysdale also, because of his Holy Ghost inspired instruction, laid a strong foundation for several past members to go on to become pastors of area churches. 

 In 1999 the Drysdale’s retired and moved to Florida.  Rev. William McClendon, Asst. Pastor, answered the call as Pastor to shepherd our congregation until his health failed in 2000.

 In 2000, Rev. Carol L. Scott, Asst. Pastor, stepped up to the altar and picked up the baton to continue the vision as Interim Pastor until 2007. After seven successful and productive years as Interim Pastor, the Lord impressed upon Rev. Scott that it was time to pass the baton again.  She and the congregation prayed that the Lord would send us a Pastor led by the Holy Spirit, a Pastor to effectively preach and teach the Gospel, a Pastor with a vision and leadership to promote growth in our church.  He should be a “people’s person,” committed to outreach, as well as sharing in the full-time administration, leadership, and nurturing of our ministry.

Our prayers came to life when Rev. Erick F. Bland answered the call in

2007 to shepherd our congregation and direct us by the guidance of the

Holy Spirit.  So far during his tenure, Rev. Bland has been

instrumental in increasing our membership through his enlightened

teaching and preaching.  He also established a Deacon & Deaconess

Board, a Mother Board, and helped reorganize our Sunday School

Department.  First Lady LaVerne Bland has organized periodic Free

Clothing Give-A-Ways, produced and directed (guided by the Holy

Spirit) the annual Women of the Bible presentations, and she has

instructed members and others in the art of ASL (American Sign

Language).  Both Pastor Bland and First Lady LaVerne Bland

together, have guided the congregation to engage in more

fellowshipping and worshiping opportunities with other churches. 

Just as our church founder, Dr. James Drysdale acted upon his God

given vision, so our current pastor, Rev. Erick F. Bland, also has a

Holy Ghost Inspired vision---a vision to use the lessons learned from

our church’s blessed past, to assure, with God’s help, that The

Cathedral at the Crossroads Church enjoy an even more blessed and

soul winning future!

The legacy of the “Spiritual Hospital” lives on, and there are great things ahead for us as we work TOGETHER for Jesus until He comes again!


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