Our Pastor Headline

our pastorJohn Gouldener describes himself as a regular guy who teaches rather than preaches. Raised Catholic, John stopped going to church in his early twenties because, as he says, “I didn’t feel good enough.” In 1986, he discovered that the Christian life isn’t about being good. It is about what Christ has already done. With that discovery, John rededicated his life to Christ and began his walk toward the ministry.

After a twenty-two year career in sales, John resigned in 1990 as vice-president of the A. J. Smith Company, a multi-location building supply company and became associate pastor of Grace Church,  a large Nashville church. In 1993 he and five others founded Highland Park Church, which grew from its original six to over one thousand members. In the fall of 2005, John and his wife, Cathy, along with many others, planted Crossroad Community Church.

John’s vision for CCC is that it will be a church for other imperfect people who struggle just like him. Crossroad Community Church is a church where people can learn about an incredibly “Big G” God in a way that is sensible, understandable, non-threatening and fun, while offering hope to all people.

John’s personality is personified through CCC’s style of worship: accept everyone, appreciate everyone, affirm everyone. He is passionate for Christ and for reaching the unchurched. He teaches about the love of a loving God in a casual, simple-to-understand way. John’s messages are so relevant that finally you can leave church knowing how to apply biblical principles to your everyday life.

John is a native Nashvillian, a graduate of Father Ryan High School and Trevecca Nazarene University. He has been married to his wife, Cathy, for 40 years. John and Cathy have one son, Michael.