The Cross | Erie

A cross-centered community reaching the culture Erie, PA
The Cross | Erie

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32 W 8th St
Erie, PA 16501



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Who We Are

Throughout the week we meet from house to house and then come together on Sunday mornings for singing, scripture teaching, and communion. Our music is simple, we sing updates of old hymns, original compositions of the Psalms, and some contemporary Christian music. All of it is led by a single guitar or small band. Preaching is done through whole books of the Bible. We have taught through Genesis, Galatians, Obadiah, some of the Psalms, and are currently in Luke. We try to incorporate a whole range of scriptures.

About Us

Casual, Down to Earth, Downtown, Friendly, Young, Young families, Lots of kids

Children's Ministry, Missions, Adult Education

Passionate Reverent, Traditional Hymns, Contemporary





Our Services

What are services like?
The attire is casual and the congregation is friendly. We usually have a few songs up front. They are updated with modern music but usually have historic or biblical lyrics. Children provide the percussion for the music part and then may be excused for children's church before the sermon, but are also absolutely welcome to stay. Sermon's last about half an hour and focus on teaching the Bible and applying it. All the passages point back to Jesus so we always end with that focus as we take communion, offering, and continue in singing. Often the different community groups will go out for brunch afterwards.

What is the community like?
There are a handful of different pockets. There are often students from the three Erie universities. There are a number of young families and young professionals. Being downtown brings in foot traffic from the different options around our space which really ranges from week to week.

What if I'm not a Christian?
We are a great place to explore what the Bible says and what it means. We offer community groups that meet in people's houses, often over or after a meal and it offers a very welcoming environment to ask questions. Our community groups all have a number of people that don't attend the church (or any church) but do attend the groups. We find it very important to have relationships with those who are not Christians.

Leadership View all

Chuck Nelson

Chuck Nelson

Husband of one, father of two, founding pastor of The Cross | Erie. Had served for a few years at a church in Wesleyville before being called to reach the down town. Attended undergraduate in Religion from Lindenwood University in St. Charles, MO, have attended graduate school at Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA for an M.Div. Serves tables downtown in addition to pastoring The Cross (see Acts 6:2 for the irony of this combination)

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