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Our History

OUR HISTORY

Crosswalk is a divine accident. There’s no other way to put it. Having played three years in the Atlanta area at local churches and teen centers, co-founders Gina Moore and Bill Ward took the show on the road for the first time in 1995. That summer the 5-member team traveled to the Pacific Northwest, playing for churches, camps, and youth rallies that spanned some 8,000 miles in 22 days. We never intended to play in juvenile correctional facilities, but God had other plans, and before that first tour was over, doors had miraculously opened for us to play in four youth facilities that we had not planned for. In those concerts we sensed a hunger for truth that we had rarely seen before, and by 1996, we heard the call loud and clear, a call that has been the driving force of our work ever since.

Since 1997, our format has expanded to include drama and personal testimony as well as music. We have also instituted a pen-pal program after receiving hundreds of letters from kids we met on tour. Our tour cast uses music, drama, and personal testimony to engage and impact the kids. Themes such as “Undercover,” “Rethink,” “Out of Control” and “Under the Influence” have helped Crosswalk to reach over 40,000 troubled kids with the message of hope in Jesus Christ. 2014 will mark our 20th summer tour as we travel to juvenile facilities along historic Route 66 to perform “Home Free”.

As of January 2007, Crosswalk has also been engaged in full time work in juvenile correctional facilities. This has enabled us not only to continue the summer tours, but also to work on a regular basis with local facilities and partner with churches to provide trained volunteers to mentor kids who are incarcerated. 2010 brought our prevention efforts to the forefront with the pilot of ARTreach 180, our arts-based after-school program for at-risk youth.

As juvenile justice reform takes shape in Georgia, we are currently developing new programs and positioning ourselves to partner with other agencies whose mission is to redirect troubled youth. God has only just begun the work He has planned for us. We need volunteers in the Atlanta area as well as additional financial support to make these visions a reality. Please join us as we “proclaim freedom for captive hearts!”