Christ Centered. Family Focused.


Middle School through High School Youth ministry. TheEncounter is about young people living all-out for God!

Our Extended Ministry Family

Autonomous ministries that are a part of the extended family of Norman and Sandra Howell and Church of the Crossroads.

DRAW Women's Fellowship

Attention Women! We invite you  to join us at Laredo Church of the Crossroads for worship, fellowship and fun!

Worship Team

We were created to worship and have that love relationship God. Join us as we reach out and touch His heart!

Worldwide Ministry Family

These are those who we stand with and support as they serve the King.

Men of Promise

The Men Of Promise of Church of the Crossroads are committed to helping build strong families through a closer walk with Jesus Christ.

"Song Of Surrender" was birthed in spontaneous worship during our 2018 Corporate Fast


Story of the Living Stones
Pastor Norman was very busy that Wednesday — very busy. He was so busy that he realized he hadn’t had the time to prepare his message for the prayer service he and the congregation were going to have that evening. In the hour prior to the service, Pastor Norman turned to one of his workers, John, and said, “I just haven’t had the time to get ready with everything that’s been going on.” But just as he was walking across the parking lot back to the church, the Lord spoke a word to him: living stones. In obedience, he grabbed two small buckets and had John help him pick up 100 stones from around the property. Pastor Norman believed he had heard from God and acted on it.

It was only moments later that service began — people had already been walking through the door. Pastor Norman opened his Bible to 1st Peter 2:5 and stood before the congregation. He said, “We have come to the living stone, our cornerstone, Jesus Christ. We are chosen and precious in his sight. Each one of us he calls a living stone — with our unique giftings we come together to build his church.

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A Word From Elder Noe Sanchez
The night Pastor Sandra was praying for healing, she asked that if anyone had a scripture about healing, we could go up and read it.
I found Exodus 23:25-26
“25 So you shall serve the Lord your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you. 26 No one shall suffer miscarriage or be barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days.”
I read that scripture again and something caught my eye.  He gives us the promise to bless our “bread and water” and immediately after that promise, He says that He would take sickness away!
We now know how we get sick most of the time, by what we eat and drink.  God, here is promising us that He would bless our food and water so that we don’t get sick.
Now we know that we need to be responsible with our diet but nonetheless, many of us worry about our food because of all the contamination and diseases our food has! Even our water can’t be trusted! Even if we watch our diet very carefully, we are never sure that it is completely free of some kind of disease or germ that can get us sick.
What God is promising here is that as His children, we just need to worry about Him, putting his Kingdom first, serving him with all our heart and he will take care of our health by blessing what we eat and drink.  Again, I want to emphasize that we need to be wise and responsible, but nonetheless, our peace comes from His promises we find in His Word and nothing else.
I wanted to share this because, I feel that we need this word as a church.
Noe Sanchez


Sunday Schedule


  • 9:30am Spanish Service
  • 11:00am – 11:25am Fellowship
  • 11:30am English Service
  • 1:30pm English Service
  • Nursery (0-24 months) 9:30, 11:30 and 1:30
  • Pre-School (2-4 years) 11:30 and 1:30 in Fellowship Hall
  • Explorers (Kinder, 1st and 2nd grade) 9:30, 11:30 and 1:30 Portable A
  • Disciplemakers (3rd, 4th, 5th grade) 9:30, 11:30 and 1:30 in Portable A 
Wednesday Schedule


  • 7:00pm Men of Promise in Eagle’s Nest (Portable B)
  • 7:00pm The Gate Keepers (Portable D)
  • 7:00pm TheEncounter (ages 12-17, in the Sanctuary)
  • 7:00pm Adventure Kidz (ages 5-11 in the Fellowship Hall)
  • 6:45pm Women United (at Harvest House, 402 McPherson Dr.)
  • 6:45pm Women United ( 405 Merlin Rd.)
  • 6:45pm Mujeres Unidas (en la casa de Dra. Noelia, 403 Surrey)

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

2 Chronicles 7:14

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Sundays—9:30 am (Spanish) 11:30am (English) and 1:30pm (English)


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Norman and Sandra Howell

Norman and Sandra Howell

Senior Pastors

Married 40 years, Pastors Norman & Sandra Howell have had a diverse and impactful ministry on three continents with a major focus on Latin America as well as the United States. In 1983 they founded the Laredo Church of the Crossroads with the idea of seeing a duplication of their efforts through team ministry on an even greater scale. READ MORE…

They can be reached bt email at: norman@thecrossroads and sandra@thecrossroads or by calling the church office at: 956-727-4774

Claudia Quiroga

Claudia Quiroga

Administrative Assistant to the Pastors

Claudia is  the Administrative Assistant and Personal Assistant to the Senior Pastors. She has a servant’s heart, a love for people and a commitment to excellence. She may be reached at the church office 956-727-4774 or by email at

Gabe Valdez

Gabe Valdez

Worship Director

An anointed and gifted guitarist and vocalist, Gabe is one of the most dynamic worship leaders in South Texas. He has an unwavering passion to touch the heart of God. In his own words: “All of our attention and reverence should be pointed toward the one who loved us so much to “stop eternity” long enough for us to have this moment to enter into His presence with boldness under the blood of the Lamb.” Reach Gabe by calling the church office at: 956-727-4774

Mark Abrego

Mark Abrego

Director of Student Ministries, including Middle School/High School and College

Mark has a relational ministry style and passion for Jesus. He teaches the Word with impact and has a shepherd’s heart. Mark can be reached by email at:

Angie Ayala

Angie Ayala

Children’s Department Administrator

Angie is a tireless servant of God who faithfully watches over our young treasures at the Crossroads. She can be reached by email at:

Noelia Martinez

Noelia Martinez

Spanish Ministry Special Events Coordinator

Noelia serves as our ambassador to the Spanish speaking community, and she does it with poise and anointing. She may be contacted at the church office by phone.

Johnny Arias

Johnny Arias

Assistant Worship Leader and Chief Maintenance Engineer

A man of many talents, Johnny is a team player who knows how to get things done. He is a “go to” leader with a servant’s heart and a gift for creativity. Reach Johnny by calling the church office at: 956-727-4774 or emailing him at:

Marissa Guitierrez

Marissa Guitierrez

Financial Administrative Assistant

We are blessed to have such a competent, gifted person as Marissa handling our books here at the Crossroads. All questions about donations and billing can be directed to her. She can be reached by calling the church at 956-727-4774 or by emailing her at

Noe Sanchez II

Noe Sanchez II

Sound Tech Coordinator and Music Department Technical Coordinator

One of the distinguishing characteristics of the Church of the Crossroads is the excellent line-up of young leaders that are carrying the weight of church operations. One such leader is Noe Sanchez II,  a creative prodigy who has grown up in our midst. He can be reached by email at:

Roger & Priscilla Averitt

Roger & Priscilla Averitt

Tech Dept. Coordinators and Associate Directors of the Sunday services video programming and camera crews.

Roger and Priscilla coordinate all things technical at the Crossroads are in charge of filming and directing the video, programming and camera crews for our Sunday services. Priscilla serves as co-director of visual and performing arts. Roger and Priscilla can be contacted at the church office: 956-727-4774

Missy Standlee

Missy Standlee

Producer of Print Media

“Missy” is our go to person for all announcements and bulletins. She may be reached by email at

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