Crossroads Community Church

Crossroads Community Church

We are a Christian church located in the community of Palo Alto, California striving together to follow Jesus. We believe that our church exists to be a people whose faith in Jesus is lived out not just on Sundays, but also through our work, play, and fullness of life. We invite you to join us on this journey.


Helping people connect with God in daily life by seeking God’s wisdom, sharing life together, and serving people in need.


Jake Duckworth

Senior Pastor

Pastor Jake grew up in the Bay Area before leaving to attend Point Loma Nazarene University where he studied Church Music and Youth Ministry. After college he spent 5 years in Central America where met and married his wife Laura. He also got his Master’s Degree in the Sciences of Religion in Costa Rica. He answered the call to be the Lead Pastor of CrossRoads in 2012. He enjoys staying active, playing music and spending time with his family. His favorite Bible passage is Ephesians 4:20-24.


Laura Duckworth


Laura was born in Costa Rica but spent her childhood in South Carolina, Chicago and Costa Rica. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education and her Master’s in Educational Psychology. More recently, she completed a Master’s of Christian Ministry through Point Loma Nazarene University’s religion department. Laura is also a Certified Strengths Advisor through Gallup and the Nazarene Strengths Institute and is able to provide mentoring and coaching for people in relation to their strengths. Additionally, she is a trained SYMBIS (Saving Your Marriage Before it Starts) facilitator. She’s married to Pastor Jake with whom she has two children and together they do foster care as well.


Courtney Turner


Courtney loves walking alongside people as they discover who God has created and called them to be. She grew up in Porterville, a city in the Central Valley of California. She moved to San Diego for college and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies from Point Loma Nazarene University. Following college she moved to Kansas City, where she earned a Master of Divinity degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary and worked as the Candidate Development Coordinator for the global missions work of the Church of the Nazarene. Courtney is married to Will Turner. She loves spending time with her schnoodle puppy, Lili, and learning about culture and people. In addition to serving at Crossroads, Courtney also works as a Customer Success Specialist for COVR, a startup based in Utah.


Will Turner


Will is passionate about stories and the way they help us make sense of the world. He grew up in Modesto, California before attending Point Loma Nazarene University where he studied Christian ministry. In the years following college, Will earned a master of divinity with a focus in spiritual formation from Nazarene Theological Seminary and worked as the director of administration and communications for the global missions work of the Church of the Nazarene. Will is married to Courtney Turner and today he works as a convocational pastor at Crossroads as well as a marketing consultant and copywriter.


What We Believe

We believe that all of life is centered around being in relationship with the God who made us and loves us.

We believe that God is the Creator of all.  When God created humanity, God did so in the hope that we would never turn from God and sin.  However, since we are created in God’s image, as free beings, the possibility of choosing our own way was always there.

We believe that, like in the story of Adam and Eve, all people have sinned have become separated from our loving Creator.  The divine image in which we were created is distorted and we are all in need of the transformation that comes through Jesus Christ and by living in the power of the Holy Spirit.

We believe that Jesus’ death on the cross and subsequent resurrection give us a means for being reunited to God and for having God’s image restored in us.

We believe that God is at work to redeem not only all people, but all of creation.  As Christians, we recognize that we are called to be co-laborers with God, striving for redemption in creation.

We believe that Jesus will come again and when he comes, Jesus will make all things new.  Creation will be restored to what it was originally intended to be and we will live for eternity in that perfection.

We believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God and contains all things necessary for Christian salvation.

And we believe that the Christian Church is an instrument that God is using, even in her imperfection, to embody and spread the message of New Life and to bring about the transformation of individuals, communities and even nations.

You can learn more about our church’s core values and articles of faith.

We are a part of the Church of the Nazarene which is a small denomination formed around Christian service, missions, and care for the marginalized.

If you have questions about these beliefs or are looking to explore how your life connects to something more, connect with our team.