Portraits of Grace is a snapshot into the lives of the people at King’s Cross Church. As “kingdom minded, kingdom people,” we recognize God’s work in every detail of our lives. We invite you to meet the people of our church.

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When I was a missionary team leader and church planting director in the Philippines, burned out, feeling like a complete failure, not being able to control nor fix our team, church planting endeavors, etc. experiencing the worst time ever in my ministry (at that point in time 26 yrs.). I was about to call it quits when I heard a 5 sermon series from the Old Testament on the life and ministry of David, the King of Israel from a former Redeemer Church Planter in Greenwich Village. It was a missionary renewal conference that I did not want to be at because of my burned out state. But hearing those 5 sermons that connected my story to the bigger story of Jesus through the life and ministry of David turned me around from calling it quits to again find renewed hope and passion of my calling to ministry. The good news that I kept preaching to myself and that got me through that crisis was what a pastor friend told the speaker- ‘What’s the use of being a Calvinist if you can’t relax!’ My paraphrase: ‘What’s the use of saying you believe that God is completely, wisely, sovereignly in control of everything in my life for His ultimate Glory and our Good, if you can’t fully rest/trust and ultimately rejoice in that no matter how good or bad my circumstances may seem or be in any given moment of my life!’ This was what I thought I believed intellectually, but functionally, I was not living out in my everyday life! That was the turning point that changed me, our ministry, and direction. Had it not been for that we wouldn’t ever have joined Redeemer City to City nor eventually through CTC had the privilege and joy to be connected with and be a part of King’s Cross!