Pastor Rick & Cheryl Gates
Lead Pastor

Rick is the pastor here at Crossroads.  Rick graduated from Taylor University in 1982 with a Bachelor or Arts in Psychology, and from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas in 1986 with a Maters of Divinity.

Rick served as an associate pastor in Michigan for 7 years and then moved to Chicago.  In Chicago Rick was the pastor in an existing church for 7 years, and then served as the church planter to begin High Point Community Church.  After 5 years at High Point, God called Rick and Cheryl to Perry, Iowa to help begin and develop the ministry of Crossroads Church.  Rick hopes to spend the rest of his life serving the Lord here in Perry.

Rick & Cheryl, with their 2 children... Sam and Shelby, moved to Perry on Feb. 1, 2004. 

Rick and Cheryl are committed to sharing the love of Christ with the community through teaching, leading, setting an example and serving others.  They strive to live out their faith in their everyday life.

Cheryl is a dental assistant at Perry Family Dentistry in addition to having her own business, "Shuffle Designs" in which she does custom decoartive painting and hand lettering.  Cheryl loves and serves people in the church and through her business.  Cheryl's creative gifts allow her to bless others in the areas of decorating, rearranging, home staging, and custom painting and hand-made cards and pictures.

Sam lives in Minneapolis where he works at a counseling center and puruses his Masters Degree in Family Counseling.

Shelby and her husband, Thomas Cellilli, live in Chicago where they each serve part time on staff at a church in music ministry and youth ministry while Thomas pursues a Pastoral Ministry Degree at Trinity Seminary.