Eyewitness News has learned the lead pastor at Crossroads Christian Church has been fired.
A source within the church confirmed Patrick Garcia has been fired. Rick Kyle, a teaching pastor at the church, was also asked to resign and is no longer with the church.
We’re told the decision comes from the church’s elders who reportedly say the church has become too progressive and evangelical since Pastor Garcia and his team joined Crossroads.
Our source says the elders want to bring the church back to more traditional practices including changing the music from live bands to choirs and other programs to how they were when the church began decades ago.
The source says the elders did not like changes the pastoral team has made over the last few years.
We’re told Patrick Garcia joined the church around two years ago while Rick Kyle joined within the last year.
The source says they were told Garcia did not want to leave the church, but it was ultimately the elders’ decision.
Crossroads Church issued the following statement on their Facebook change:
The Elders of Crossroads Christian Church have announced that a search will begin immediately for a new lead/senior pastor. This is not a result of any moral failure on the part of the most recent Lead Pastor, Patrick Garcia. This decision was due primarily to philosophical differences in church leadership. Teaching Pastor Rick Kyle will also be leaving the church. We wish nothing but the best for these leaders who will be pursuing new ministry roles. We affirm our remaining Crossroads pastors and staff, knowing that they will continue to minister with excellence in the communities we serve. Our vision remains steadfast “To connect everyone everywhere to Jesus by developing leaders, campuses, and churches.”
For our church family we would ask that you all join us this weekend as we walk through this time and we ask that you wait to comment or ask questions until these times.
Saturday 5:30pm, Sunday 9:00am and 10:45am. Our Sunday 10:45am service will be posted online.
(This story was originally posted on August 16, 2018.)