When Crossroads Church closes in Phoenix, the church will move to its new home
AUSTIN, Texas – The Rev. John F. Rosemary Church in Phoenix has officially closed, as the church in the Arizona desert plans to move to a new home on a new property with an “exotic” name.
Rosemary Church, founded in 1867 by the Rev. Joseph R. Rose, Jr., closed in March.
The church has a long history of controversy, and in the 1990s, church leaders argued the name “Crossroads” was insensitive to Native Americans.
But in recent years, church members have expressed regret that the church has not been a focal point for the Native American community in Phoenix.
The church will be renamed Crossroads Christian Center in honor of a man who died in Phoenix in 1995, according to the church’s website.
“A celebration of our history and tradition will begin immediately,” the website states.
“In honor of his passing, the cross will be draped at the entrance to the sanctuary to represent the Crossroads symbol.
The cross will also be hung on the outside of the sanctuary.
It will be displayed at the front of the center in the chapel.
It’s also possible to place the cross on the building’s wall or on the church itself.
Crossroads is also a symbol for our future,” the church says.
Rosemary Church in Tucson is the third-largest church in Arizona, with about 4,500 members, according the Arizona Republic.
The Crossroads Center in Tucson, which was the largest church in Tucson before the church closed, has about 2,500 congregants, the newspaper reported.