L. Kirk Sykes, At Large
L. Kirk Sykes is the founding Pastor of CrossWord Christian Church. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, he created the church motto “remember the Cross, focus on the Word”. To date, God has blessed CrossWord Christian Church with a growing church membership and numerous active ministries. In August 2013, the church purchased property at 21401 Box Springs Road in Moreno Valley, California, and will continue to move forward with the vision of “Growing Spiritually Empowered Christians.”
In June 2000, he was ordained at Second Baptist Church in Maywood, Illinois, and prior to that obtained education for ministry at Bethany Baptist Bible College in Los Angeles and Golden Gate Theological Seminary in Brea. He lives what he teaches and is consistently reading, attending leadership events and pursuing continued education for ministry.
Bishop Sykes is a very proactive Pastor and strongly believes everything rises and falls on leadership. He continues to voice concerns about the plight of minorities in the Moreno Valley and Riverside communities – economically and academically. He is an advocate for education and encourages young and old to discover their purpose and pursue it with determination.
Bishop Sykes has been guest speaker at numerous men’s conferences and events locally ad across the nation. He is the recipient of numerous community awards. He is also the founder of Family and Community Empowerment (F.A.C.E.) Community Development Corporation. He is passionate about serving God’s greatest creation.
His wife, Karen, currently serves alongside him as the Associate Pastor. They have been married 32 years and have five adult children and four grandchildren.