Cyndi Abbe, Pastor

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I’m so glad you have decided to check out Crossroads Fellowship.  This is an awesome place to worship with people who become like family.  We have a saying here that goes, “doing life deeply together.”  That’s how I function in life, in my marriage and in ministry.  That’s why for the past 25 years of our marriage Steve and I have been doing this ministry thing “together and deeply.”  I am the Co-Pastor of Crossroads Fellowship, the wife of Steve Abbe, Senior Pastor, and most importantly the mother of Emily and Erin. I serve in this capacity at the church not because my husband is Steve, but because of a journey God brought me through to discover His calling on my life.  God called each of us to lead Crossroads out of our own individual gifts and ministry calling.  My gifts are in the area of administration and teaching.  Although I serve in a bi-vocational capacity, my areas of passion are in worship planning, teaching and preaching, and administration of our LIFE Groups and Ministry Teams. And of course anything Steve doesn’t want to do.

I am a city girl. I grew up just outside of Houston, Texas, in the twin cities of Rosenberg and Richmond.  My family was one of those who were the first ones there when the church doors opened and the last ones to leave when they closed.  I became a Christian at the age of 9.  My parents were wonderful role models not of a perfect Christian life, but of an authentic Christian life.  I learned leadership from my father and teaching from my mother.  I felt a call into ministry during the time I graduated from High School and completed my first year at Baylor University. However, growing up with a traditional Southern Baptist heritage, I felt confused and unsure of what this calling really meant.  Instead of seeking out wise counsel, I kept that calling as mine and God’s little secret. After graduating from Baylor with a Bachelor's in 1983, a Master’s in 1984 and an Mrs. in August of 1984, God began a process of discovery over the next 15 years.  Although I had a passion for teaching and coaching, something always felt like it was missing.  Then God sent us to a foreign land, Washington, D.C.  Being uprooted from all Baptist and Southern traditions, I began to study and read God’s word with a new heart.  Through the mentorship of my husband and several faithful male role models and pastors in the area, God began to reveal what that calling was back in 1980.  I became an ordained minister in 2002 and have been allowing God to lead me down His path ever sense.  God doesn’t make mistakes.  It’s no mistake the roundabout journey God had me take and it is no mistake that God called Steve and I to do this “together deeply.”  I believe you will be blessed if you make Crossroads a stopping place on your journey.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

Some Facts About Me

  • First Job: babysitting, T-shirt printing, and trophy monogramming
  • Favorite Places: Front porches with rocking chairs, Round Top Christian Retreat Center, Brazil, and the Sea of Galilee.
  • What's on my iPod: Whatever my girls load – usually contemporary Christian, country and soundtracks from musicals.
  • Favorite Books: Books on Community and Leadership.  John Ortberg is one of my favorite authors.  I also love reading Karen Kingsbury.  I just love to read, snuggled up on the couch, with a fire and my dog Camo curled up beside me!
  • What do I TiVo: 24 and I watch what my girls TiVo for fun.
  • Favorite Movies: Sound of Music is my favorite movie and musical.  I love musical movies and movies that make me laugh with friends.  And, I watch all the action, shoot-‘em-up movies with Steve.
  • Hobbies: Stripping and refinishing or repainting furniture.  Organizing things.  Writing.
  • Odd Fact: The personal chef to the President of the United States was on my ordaining counsel.
  • A Memorable Moment: Visiting the Holy Land with my husband and family.
  • Life Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6
    "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”