Howerton announced as new president of Crossings Ministries

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – Former LifeWay Christian Resources staffer Lance Howerton has been selected to lead Crossings, the Kentucky Baptist ministry that arranges Christ-centered summer getaways for students.

“It’s just humbling to lead an organization like Crossings,” said Howerton, who has managed summer camps throughout the United States for LifeWay,. “We have one singular goal, that is to make sure kids hear the gospel.”

In his new role, Howerton, who has been serving as Crossings’ interim president, will lead one of the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s most successful institutions.

Crossings camps draw thousands of students from across the state each summer. The total last year was 13,500 students. That number is expected to increase to 14,000 this year.

More than 675 students who attended Crossings camps last year made professions of faith. The total salvation decisions since 2002 stands at 7,526.

Kentucky Baptist Convention Executive Director Paul Chitwood said Howerton has a strong history in Baptist work as the son of a pastor, a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and his tenure with LifeWay.

“Needless to say, Lance is one of us,” Chitwood said. “He also has more experience in camp ministry than anyone I've ever met. But most importantly, Lance desires that lost people hear the gospel and are saved. And he has a proven track record of creating camp experiences where that happens. I'm thrilled to be able to work with him as we serve KBC churches.”

Howerton, a Kentucky native who received his master’s degree in church music from Southern, has been serving as vice president at Crossings for the past two years. He has more than 30 years of leadership experience in camps, events and Christian publishing. From 1991 to 2013, he served in a variety of roles with LifeWay’s camp ministries, leading and organizing Christian getaways for children and youth.

Each year, the LifeWay camps served more than 50,000 children in grades seven through 12 and more than 25,000 in grades three through six.

“We believe God made it abundantly clear that His man for Crossings was right under our noses,” said Bill Clark, chairman of the Crossings board of directors. “Lance has a wealth of experience from his time at LifeWay where he took Centrifuge camps to the next level. He actually created Centri-kid camps. In addition to that Lance has a unique perspective of Crossings, having served under our two previous presidents.

"He knows the culture and mission of Crossings. He knows the churches we serve. And we feel confident he is God’s man to keep Crossings focused on what has made it so blessed by God, partnering with the local church to see a next generation transformed by the Gospel. And we are confident God will use Lance to help us take the right next steps in those partnerships, growing the ministry of Crossings in God’s time and in His way.”

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