NORMAN — Don’t be fooled by the fact that CrossPointe Church’s new lead pastor just moved here from Sheboygan Falls, Wis.
Glenn Quirk is anything but a fish out of water. In fact, he’s coming home. Born and raised in Poteau and a University of Oklahoma graduate, the 38-year-old took over the pulpit at CrossPointe on Dec. 11. Quirk says he and his family — wife Amy, daughter Lexi, 9, and sons Nixon, 5, and Brody, 1 — have been welcomed into the church community with open arms.
“We love Norman,” Quirk said.
Quirk started his career in youth ministry when he was 20. Since most of his church work was on a volunteer basis, Quirk was an insurance adjuster while doing ministry on the side. Later, Quirk was on staff of Victory Church in Oklahoma City for seven years. From there, Quirk went to Wisconsin where he served at Word of Grace in Sheboygan Falls.
“I didn’t necessarily have intentions of moving, I wasn’t throwing resumes every where. My brother goes to church here, so he let me know about the vacancy. I was very happy at the church we were at, even though it was a long ways away from family and friends, and it was very cold. It was a great church and great people, we weren’t actively looking to move. We actually just purchased a house. We closed on it in July, and I started talking to CrossPointe in late July,” Quirk said. “We are ready to stay. We’re ready to put roots down. We are ready to be established at a church, to reach at least one generation.”
Quirk said once he had seen the heart of CrossPointe, he knew the church was where he wanted to be.
“And I’ve obviously seen it (CrossPointe) made a difference in my brother’s life. All of the community outreach that the church does here was just a big drawing card to me. I’ve always felt that church is not just what happens on Sunday morning, anybody can come and listen to a sermon and sing a song, but when you actually see people living their faith, it is encouraging,” Quirk said.
Quirk replaces long-time pastor Joe Grizzle, who retired early last year after serving as senior pastor of CrossPointe for 34 years. Quirk knows he has big shoes to fill in Grizzle’s absence and, since coming to Norman, has met with the former pastor and his wife.
“They are just fantastic,” Quirk said.
Quirk doesn’t want his youth to be confused with the fact that he doesn’t have a strong presence on Sunday morning. And he also doesn’t want the older members of his congregation to think they are not welcome.
“I recognize that they have so much wisdom and so much to offer, so much life experience,” Quirk said. “Without people saying it, I know there is that natural ‘Oh isn’t’ he cute?’ My whole thing is stay here for awhile and see if I win you over.”
Quirk expects to keep the church’s community outreach programs and will continue to meet with staff and church members until he gets to know everyone. And, of course, deliver meaningful sermons on Sunday morning
“My goal with every sermon is really for people to take what they heard and immediately apply it to their lives,” Quirk said. “One of our biggest things is to teach and encourage people to live their faith. My whole thing is I’m not a fan of just punching the church time clock, but it needs to make an impact in our lives, the way we live, the way we talk, the way we carry ourselves.”
Shana Adkisson 366-3544 firstname.lastname@example.org