One part of the church family particularly spurred the church's addition, which is scheduled for completion in six to seven weeks. Each week, more than 200 children from Kindergarten through fifth grade come to The Crossing for children's services.

The Pastor for the Crossing’s Hannibal smiled with excitement as he recalled the church’s beginnings 4 1/2 years ago.

The community church that started with a couple hundred members at the Hannibal YMCA swelled to include a congregation of 1,300 people every weekend at the historic Orpheum on Broadway. In 2015, the church baptized more than 250 people. Hannibal campus Pastor Randy Drish said he felt excited to spread the Gospel with so many members of the community.

“It’s unbelievable,” Drish said. “It’s all God.”

One part of the church family particularly spurred the church’s addition, which is scheduled for completion in six to seven weeks. Each week, more than 200 children from Kindergarten through fifth grade come to The Crossing for children’s services. With the new addition, children will have more space to learn and family members will gain easier access between the Early Childhood building and the Orpheum, Drish said.

The addition will combine the Orpheum with the existing children’s building. The second floor will house new facilities for early childhood programs. The first floor will feature a coffee bar, restrooms and a new lobby that would allow more opportunity for fellowship among congregation members, Drish said.

“Church is all about your relationship with God and relationships with each other,” Drish said.

During the early phases of construction, crews quickly discovered why the lot’s former building needed to be demolished. Workers dug through 40 feet of rotten ground before they found solid footing. With help from 40-foot tall concrete pillars, the building stood on solid ground, Drish said. Modern construction techniques dovetail with historic preservation, because the Orpheum is an integral part of Hannibal history.

Drish showed how two archways would serve as walkways between the addition and the Orpheum, maintaining the old woodwork, while a mirror filled the next arch. The black and white tile floor remained intact at the Orpheum’s entrance, reflecting the footsteps of countless Hannibal residents over almost a century, Drish said.

In the worship area, a seating box was transformed into a baptism area — “where all the action happens,” Drish said.

Intricate paintwork glints overhead. A modern instrumental setup and monitor speakers blend in on the grand stage. Along each wall, cylindrical Art Deco light fixtures cast their glow upon towering white pillars. Overhead, a gracefully curving balcony holds a large collection hinting at the next step for the steadily-expanding church.

That collection is an array of costumes for the winter Journey to Bethlehem celebration, which Drish said would transport people back 2,000 years to the time of Jesus and demonstrate the true purpose of Christmas. The upcoming addition will be finished just in time for the event’s preparations, Drish said.

Meanwhile, Drish said he meets new people after worship each weekend, noting that members of the church family are spreading the Gospel and inviting fellow community members to worship. Drish said it all comes back to God.

“It has been really amazing,” Drish said. “There’s so much to be thankful for.”

The Crossing’s Hannibal campus holds worship services at 6 p.m. Thursdays and at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. on Sundays. For more information, please call (573)719-3216.

Reach reporter Trevor McDonald at trevor.mcdonald@courierpost.com