Cordova church relocates to Jasper
by Jennifer Cohron
Feb 03, 2013 | 4941 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jay Trayal
Jay Trayal
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A church is more than a building. Members of Crossroads Assembly of God have proven that time and again in the past five years.

The church, which was established in the 1930s under the name Cordova Assembly of God, came close to shutting its doors in 2007.

After spending time in prayer, Jay Trayal became the new pastor.

“We started out with six people. We changed the name from Cordova Assembly of God to Crossroads and started a new work,” Trayal said.

The original building on Disney Street was in such disrepair that it was no longer safe for services. The church relocated to a house a few streets over on Warrior Avenue.

Although the old church was torn down, the congregation kept its land on Disney Street in hopes that adjacent property could be secured for future construction.

In 2009, a storefront on Main Street became available.

“We thought that was going to be a perfect opportunity to be right downtown,” Trayal said.

The congregation was still in the process of renovating the building when downtown Cordova was devastated by two tornadoes on April 27, 2011.

The church on Warrior Avenue was also affected by the storm. Several large trees fell all around the building, and the roof was blown off of a storage building in the back.

However, the cross that church members had leaned against the shed after walking it all over the city on Good Friday — less than a week before the storms — was unmoved.

Services continued at the house on Warrior Avenue until recently when the owner of the property regretfully announced that she needed it for personal reasons.

Although the congregation had nowhere else to go, they trusted God to provide.

Shortly thereafter, Trayal learned that The Well Assembly of God was vacating its storefront near the Cordova Cut Off Road in Jasper.

Crossroads will be hosting their first services there today at 11 a.m. Sunday School will begin at 10 a.m.

Trayal said members are excited that the new location offers plenty of room to grow. They are also moving forward with plans to build a new church on the original property in the Disney Lake area.

Trayal hopes the church can be back in Cordova within the next two years because “that’s truly our heart and where we want to be.”

While Crossroads Assembly of God takes on relocating and rebuilding, members also continue to focus on establishing new ministries to reach the downtrodden.

Last year, Trayal approached the Cordova City Council about establishing a residential substance abuse recovery program similar to Walker County Outreach within the city. Trayal said that is still a vision that the church is pursuing.

Youth pastor Ryan Cagle is also planning a school of ministry that would serve as discipleship training for teenagers and young adults.

Challenges are likely to be part of any new undertaking, but a challenge is nothing new for members of Crossroads Assembly of God considering their journey over the past five years.

“It just builds your faith because no matter how many setbacks you encounter, God always comes through,” Trayal said.