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CrossPoint’s Ellen honored for 50 years in ministrycomment (0)

October 1, 2009

On Sept. 13, members of CrossPoint Community Church, Gadsden, came together to honor one man — Phillip Ellen — for 50 years in the ministry. “The Lord has been good to me,” Ellen said of reaching this milestone.

His journey began in 1959, and he served at four Alabama churches before being called as pastor of Whites Chapel Baptist Church (now CrossPoint) in 1966. Under Ellen’s leadership, the Etowah Baptist Association church’s attendance grew from about 100 to about 1,500 by the time he stepped down as pastor in 2005.

Ellen, who has served as CrossPoint’s pastor of point ministries since 2005, was the visionary behind the church’s move to a new location and name change in 2000.

During his more than 40 years at the church, he has helped start Coosa Christian School, a Celebrate Recovery program and New Life for Women, a drug and alcohol addiction treatment program. In his current role, Ellen’s main responsibility is overseeing these ministries.

His years in ministry have afforded him the opportunity to have a personal impact on many, so it was no surprise that about 1,500 people came to honor him Sept. 13.

The church presented Ellen, who had celebrated his 70th birthday a few days before, with a leather-bound book of letters people had written him and a framed picture. It also took up an offering in his honor. The more than $16,000 given will go toward helping fund the drilling of wells in the West African country of Togo — Ellen’s most recent missions initiative.

“It was a day to honor him and give back to him,” said Bruce Word, senior pastor of CrossPoint. “Phillip has always been a giver — a giver of his time, talents, spiritual gifts and treasures. It gave us an opportunity to give back to him.”

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