Memorial Day Weekend 2017 got Neil Gordon’s soul stirring at Stevens Creek Church. What occurred in that service led to what is now, “CrossTalk”.
The youth Pastor, Will Riddle, preached for the first time to the entire congregation. It was part of the “The Time Is Now” series.
Pastor Riddle shared stories from the Old Testament. His sermon was based on the Book of Haggai. The Nation of Israel returned to their homeland after 50 years of captivity. The Israelites were frustrated and discouraged about rebuilding the temple under difficult circumstances.
Haggai, 2:4 But now take courage, O Zerubbabel, declares the LORD. Be strong, O Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest. And all you people of the land, declares the LORD of Hosts.
Galatians 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
This sermon hit home with Neil, who was born Jewish in upstate New York in 1963. In the late 1990’s—while attending Pastor John Kenney’s contemporary services at Aldersgate Church in West Augusta—he was saved. Neil was also struggling under difficult circumstances, working in a corporate environment—while spending most of his career as an Entrepreneur.
In that May 2017 service, Pastor Riddle preached, “You’ll never become who God calls you to be if you’re focused on why you can’t be like someone else.” He encouraged the congregation to dream and hope and, with excitement, chase after our passion.
In that service, the name and a glimpse of the “CrossTalk” concept was given to Neil by God. Neil believes God has carefully woven him in sales, marketing and media positions to be ready for his most important project to date.
Neil’s passion now is to combine his growing love of the Lord and his gift of communication to nourish believers and bring more people into the Kingdom.
God led Neil to contact Bryan Williams of Bryton Entertainment, a Christian production company, and Steve Swanson of WAFJ for some guidance.
Both of these fine Christian men and others have made amazing suggestions to improve the content of “CrossTalk.”
"I had always heard people speak well of Neil Gordon, so I was quite excited that God led him to Bryton to help craft the vision for this much-needed show," said co-founder Bryan Williams. "Over the years our company has taken on many projects based on how they will affect the viewer in a positive way and really make a difference in their lives. I prayed before our initial meeting and after hearing his testimony in person knew we had to be on board. As Neil began to leave our office that day we stood outside and prayed that God would lead us in His way, and that many would come to know the love and joy of Jesus Christ through this show."
"We have since prayed that same prayer many times on this project and upon completing work on the Pilot episode, feel we have successfully created something very special with CrossTalk that will sincerely make a difference. I hope from the bottom of my heart that you too can join with us and change lives,” added Williams.
Everyone working on “CrossTalk” hopes you share in the passion of this project—with parallel missions of creating awareness for congregations and inviting viewers to visit those churches. There are many ways in which you can get involved, from viewing the program to reporting church events for our calendar, to nominating a church ministry for a scholarship, to providing money to the mission via donations or sponsorships.