Pastors Ruaan and Valerie Viljoen planted a church in Potchefstroom in 2009 and after 5 years of pastoring the church they received the call from God to move to New Zealand as missionaries. They lived and pastored there for two years. After many trials, tests and tribulations they found themselves at a crossroads. The decision was to pursue a life in New Zealand or return to South Africa and plant a church again. They started feeling a burden for God’s people in South Africa and made this a matter of prayer. God lead them to the book of Acts, His first New Testament church, and they saw the love, power and effectiveness of the early church as they walked in God’s presence and in the power of the Holy Ghost . Today church in general has become “fancy” and “civilized” but the church in Acts was simple in human terms, but alive and mighty in God. A desire to return to God’s old ways was at that moment established in their hearts. After seeking God’s Will they felt to return to South Africa and plant a new church in Potchefstroom. They felt that just as they had come to a crossroads, so many other christians found themselves at this place too. God then gave them the vision of Jeremiah 6:16:
“Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.”
‘Ways’ means crossroads and to ask for the old paths. The beginning, returning to God’s purpose for his children, returning to the starting point, returning to our First Love – Jesus is His Name. Crossroads Church wants to be a part of a movement in God’s Kingdom where people’s hearts are turned back to God, a people standing at a Crossroads trying to find their purpose, their cause, finding healing, finding Jesus and walking in His ways of old.
In 2016 Crossroads Church affiliated with Seven Pillars Church of Praise Int. Their Head office is in Clarksville, Indiana, USA. Pastors Paul and Gwen Hanssen are precious servants of the LORD with a vision that completely resonates with the vision of Crossroads Church Potchefstroom. Pastors Paul and Gwen Hanssen have been a great inspiration to us and are teaching us many valuable truths from the Word of God. Please visit their webpage at https://www.sevenpillarschurch.com