Service Times

Sunday School - 10:00 AM
Morning Worship - 11:00 AM
Evening Worship - 6:00 PM

Bible Study - 6:00 PM

Contact Info

Cedar Cross MBC is located at
310 Whildin Street
Emporia, KS 66801

Lloyd Steinshouer, Pastor


Candace Glass

I grew up in a family that I knew loved me, but that was far from perfect. As a little girl I grew up not knowing my biological dad, and the man who to this day I call dad, lived in California and I only saw 2 to 3 times a year. To say the least, from a young age I had void in my heart that I tried to fill by pleasing others, hoping I could be good enough. My mom remarried and for close to ten years I witnessed my mom being physically abused by her then husband on a regular basis. As I entered high school, I looked to many things to fill the void and hurts in my life. I would try to pray but never felt it was doing any good. My senior year in high school one of my friends invited me to Young Life, which is a Christian organization that tells teens who would not step foot in a church about Jesus. Through my senior year in high school, I learned of this man named Jesus and he began to soften my heart and I found myself falling in love with him. The Lord covered me in heavy conviction and made me realize that I couldn’t do anything to win his love. I was praying that the Lord would take care of my conviction but nothing happened. He continued to break me down, until I was at rock bottom. On December, 19th, 2005 I was sitting at a Young Life Club, the leader was closing the night in prayer and asked us to pray also, and all of a sudden it was as if I was the only person in the room of a hundred and it was just me and God as I was praying. I knew he heard me this time because as I was praying all of a sudden weight was lifted off my shoulders and I was so full of joy I could not contain it. I was forgiven of my sin and so thankful to the Lord. At this point in my life I was totally un-churched, I did not know the language of conviction, burden or salvation but I know that day I was saved! After I was saved I joined a local church in my hometown of Topeka and attended for about 3 years, during this time in my life the Lord grew my heart for taking his Word to all the nations, he blessed me with the opportunities of going on mission trips to take the gospel to Muslim’s in Turkey and Israel and to teens in Romania. My junior year in college I met a wonderful man named Michael Glass through Young Life, I now was a leader for Young Life, investing into teens. Michael was training to be a leader at Young Life, and I began to notice his wonderful heart for the Lord. As the Lord would have it we started to date and Michael brought me to his home church Cedar Cross Missionary Baptist Church in Emporia, Kansas. Immediately, I knew there was something different about Cedar Cross. Through visiting with Michael, the Lord began to work in my heart to show me that this little church was a true church and that he would have me leave the church I had known and join Cedar Cross. I stood one day in church, led by the Lord, and gave my testimony and was allowed to join the church. This also was a joyful day. In November, after breaking some ice off the river, I was baptized by Pastor Shawn Madsen, into full membership of the church. A few months after becoming a member of the church, Michael proposed and we are now married. The Lord has blessed me beyond measure and I am thankful for the grace that entered my heart the day I was saved and each day to be able to work for his kingdom.

“Don’t tell God how big your mountains are; tell your mountains how big your God is!”

~ Pastor Shawn Madsen