Restorative Work

Crossings doesn’t have a traditional “missions department” like many churches. We believe that God has sent all of us into the places where we live, work, and play to discover how God is already at work in those contexts and how we might participate (John 20:21). Because of this, we do our best to be faithfully present in the spaces where we gather for worship and we support and equip each other as we all seek the peace, wholeness, and restoration (shalom) of the places where we find ourselves in everyday life.

4 Market Square (4MS)

4MS was created to be a “spiritual center” for communites, artists, musicians, etc. to seek shalom in heart of Knoxville. We collaborate in this vision with the 4MS Board, Knoxville Fellows, the Downtown Ministers cohort, and are currently dreaming of ways to better use our space for the common good. Our current dreams include a Downtown recovery community, and a space to serve the Downtown hospitality industry.

Christenberry Elementary School

Our support for the school and neighborhood has included neighborhood block parties, renovating the teachers lounge, reading to students, book donations, care and encouragement of the faculty/staff, building and sustaining the PTA, raising money and advocating for a new playground, and intentional neighboring in the community.

This list of the restorative work being done by people in our community is not exhaustive. We hope to recognize, honor, and celebrate all those who work toward restoration in their homes, neighborhoods, workplaces, schools, etc. These are simply a few places that have Crossings volunteers and are welcoming help. If you are involved with a ministry or organization not listed here and would like others at Crossings to join you, please let us know!

Beyond Borders: Haiti – working to overcome poverty, prevent violence and abuse, and develop leaders in Haiti
Contact Jonathan Scoonover (

Burwell Gardens – a neighborhood community garden in Oakwood-Lincoln Park Contact Ben Conaway (

Care First – a ministry with First Baptist Knoxville that hosts a weekly dinner for Downtown homeless community Contact Danny Downing (

For the Love of Reading – book giveaways and class readers to expand hearts & minds through the pure joy of reading Contact Beth Scoonover (

Men of Valor – prison/jail ministry, aftercare services, family support for men in the criminal justice system Contact Eric Anderson (

Olive Tree Early Learning Center – a nonprofit preschool making high quality early education accessible to Knoxville Contact Mandy Watson (

Renaissance Creations – restoring unlivable houses into affordable homes Contact Jonathan Branson, Ben Lawton, or Katrina Martinelli (

Sharing Space – a temporary housing & hospitality network Contact Rebecca O’Malley (

The Restoration House – restoring single-mother families back to God’s good intent for their lives
Contact Marsha Haas ( or Carrie Pickell (

One Sunday every year we “Celebrate Generosity” by inviting people to give three times what they would normally give. All that money is then given away to three local organizations. In 2022, we collected $24,805 that was split between Isaiah 117 House, Renaissance Creations, and For the Love of Reading. Each year Crossings also gives away 10% of our annual budget to various local, national, and international organizations.