Welcome to Cross Connection

We want you to connect with us this weekend...

Service Times

Sunday Mornings

  • On Campus @ 7:30, 9 & 11am 
  • Online At YouTube

Find our services on YouTube Here.


1675 Seven Oakes Rd.
Escondido, CA 92026


Phone: (760) 489-6255

Email: info@ccesco.org

Are you interested in getting connected?

Cross Connection is a church with a casual and contemporary style that makes it possible for us to connect with God through worship and the study of the eternal truths of scripture. Whether you’re just beginning your walk with Jesus, or you’ve been following Him for many years, we invite you to visit us.

Our weekend worship gatherings are focused upon connecting with God, through worship and Bible teaching, and with one another

Our services are based around worship, fellowship, a Bible teaching and an opportunity to respond to the life giving message of Jesus. Our music, language and style is contemporary, but our roots are deeply traditional, Biblically speaking.

When you arrive expect to be welcomed by our team. If you have questions look for our “Connection Point” in the patio, or follow the signs to our hospitality, and kid checkin stations. Team members are always easily identified by our orange name badges, and every member is ready to help.

We are a casual church. You will l find a range of dress styles from jeans and t-shirts, to shorts and flip-flops, to an occasional sport jacket and dress. So come dressed however you are comfortable and you will fit right in.

If you own a Bible you will want to bring it. It is our pattern to study through whole books of the Bible, so, our pastors will  refer to it often – and even encourage you to mark it up as your life-textbook.

If you don’t have a Bible, our ushers make them available just before the Bible study begins. Also, if you don’t own a Bible and would like one, we would count it a privilege to gift you with your first one. Talk with one of our ushers or pastors before or after the service, and we’ll be happy to give you a Bible.

Our pastor teaches from what is known as the New King James version of the Bible. If you have another version you are used to or prefer, bring it along. The differences from version to version are mostly minor. Having a NKJV will simply make it easier to follow along when our pastors read or point out the wording in a particular verse or passage.

One more thing… many of the members of our fellowship use their smartphone or tablet as their Bible. We do provide guest WiFi in our worship center if you use YouVersion or another free Bible app.


We have invested heavily in our children’s ministry at Cross Connection. We think that your kids will love the kid focused environment, music, crafts, games and teaching that our trained teachers and assistants* provide.

To find the appropriate classroom for your children, head to our Connection Point. There our team of dedicated volunteers will escort you and your children to their classrooms and walk you through the check-in procedures.

*All of our teachers and assistants have been through an application and background check process, and have been trained in how to relate to and teach your children. Each of our classrooms have a minimum of 2 adults, and additional assistants as the class size increases.

We don’t currently have a midweek service, however, we encourage you to check out our Connect Groups or some of our other great Connection Ministries. Our aim to live life in connection with God, one another, and the world, which takes place outside the walls of our facility and throughout our community all week long.

We understand that joining a new church can be difficult, so we’ve worked hard to make your first steps easy.

  1. Attend a weekly service on Sunday morning.
  2. Fill out our Connection Card at the service, or online here.
  3. Check out our Connect5 meeting following a service. 
  4. Check out a Connect Group or a Growth Group.

Tell me more about Cross Connection.

Cross Connection Church has been serving North San Diego County for more than forty years.



What began as a small non-denominational Bible study in the summer of 1980 is now a gathering of hundreds of Christians serving the local and global Church. We are a Bible centered congregation in network with Calvary Chapel and the Southern Baptist Convention. When you visit us on a Sunday you can expect that we will open the Scriptures and study them line upon line



Our senior pastor, Miles DeBenedictis, has been teaching the Bible for nearly 25 years, and has been leading Cross Connection since 2008. With the rest of our pastoral team, Pastor Miles desires that each individual at Cross Connection would be equipped to fulfill the calling that God has given them. 

God’s original intent was that we experience the oneness relationship known throughout eternity by the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit within the trinity. He created individuals, but purposed to make them one, as He is one. But the fall into sin described in Genesis disrupted God’s design. We were meant to live a life of absolute abundance.

God’s original intent was that we experience the oneness relationship known throughout eternity by the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit within the trinity. He created individuals, but purposed to make them one, as He is one. But the fall into sin described in Genesis disrupted God’s design. We were meant to live a life of absolute abundance.

Our Mission & Vision

Life in Connection with God, one another, and the worldthrough Jesus.

Life in Connection with God, one another, and the worldthrough Jesus.

Meet the rest of our team...

Miles DeBenedictis
Senior Pastor

Mark Childers
Executive Pastor

Jason Brouwer
Family Ministries Pastor

Nick Burt
Associate Pastor

Garrett Hatch
Youth Pastor

Anthony Martinez
Worship Pastor

What We Value

  1. We want everything we do to display joy, because we have an optimistic vision of the future.
  2. We want everything we do to be done with excellence, because our Lord does all things well.
  3. We want everything we do to promote connection, because God created us for connection with Him and one another.
  4. We want everything we do to demonstrate love, because Jesus, in all that He did, was compelled by love.
  5. We want everything we do to radiate peace, because we are led by the Prince of peace.
  6. We want unity to govern all of our service, because we are one body in Him.
  7. We want the outcome of our labor to result in the worship and praise of God, because we were made to be instruments of worship and He is worthy to be praised.
  8. We want, in everything we do, to bring others along with us, because everyone in the body has been gifted and called by God.
  9. In everything we do we want to experience and promote rest in the gospel, because it is the power of God unto salvation for everyone who believes.
  10. In everything we do we want to be gracious to others, because God is the Father of mercies.

What We Believe

  1. We believe that there is one living and true GOD, eternally existing in three persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory; that this triune God created all, upholds all, and governs all things. (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Matthew 28:19; John 10:30; Hebrews 9:14)
  2. We believe that the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, fully inspired without error in the original manuscripts, and the infallible rule of faith and practice. The Word of God is the foundation upon which this church operates and is the basis for which this church is governed. We believe that the Word of God supersedes any earthly law that is contrary to the Holy Scriptures. (Isaiah 28:13; Nehemiah 8:8; John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Peter 1:23-25; 2 Peter 1:21)
  3. We believe in the person of God the Father, an Infinite, personal Spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love; that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men; that He hears and answers prayer; and that He saves from sin and death all those who come to Him through Jesus Christ. (Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalms 90:2; Psalms 102:27; John 4:24; 1 Timothy 1:17; Titus 1:3)
  4. We believe in the person of Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, conceived by the Holy Spirit. We believe in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles and teachings, his substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension into heaven, perpetual intercession for His people and personal, visible return to earth. (Isaiah 7:14; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:23; Mark 16:19; Luke 1:34-35; John 1:1-2; John 8:58; John 11:25; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Hebrews 1:8; 1 John 1:2; Revelation 1:8)
  5. We believe in the person of the Holy Spirit, Who is the third person of the trinity, Who has the attributes of Deity, Who came forth from the Father and Son to convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify and empower for ministry all who believe in Christ; (Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 3:18; John 16:8-11; Romans 15:13,16; Hebrews 9:14)
  6. We believe the Holy Spirit indwells every believer in Jesus Christ and that He is an abiding helper, teacher, and guide. (John 14:16-17, 16:8-11)
  7. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit and in the exercise of all Biblical gifts of the Spirit. (1 Corinthians 14)
  8. We believe that all people are sinners by nature and, therefore, are under condemnation; We also believe that legitimate biblical sexual relations are exercised solely within marriage. Hence, sexual activities such as, but not limited to, adultery, fornication, pre-marital sex, incest, polygamy, homosexuality, bisexuality, pedophilia and bestiality are called sinful, and are forbidden in accordance with the teachings of the Bible and the Church. Further, lascivious behavior; the creation, viewing, and/or distribution of pornography; cross-dressing, and efforts to alter one’s physical gender are incompatible with a true biblical witness. (Genesis 2:24; I Corinthians 5:11; 6:9; 6:18-20; 7:1-3; 7:8-9; Romans 1:18-32) We believe that God regenerates based upon faith by the Holy Spirit, those who repent of their sins and confess Jesus Christ as Lord. (Acts 8:15-17; Titus 3:5)
  9. We believe in the universal church, the living spiritual body of which Christ is the head, and all who are born again are members. (1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 4:15-16)
  10. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ committed two ordinances to the church: (a) full immersion water baptism, and (b) the Lord’s Supper. (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
  11. We believe also in the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the ordination of pastors, elders, and deacons, and for the receiving of the perpetuity of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 6:6, 8:17; 1 Timothy 4:14)
  12. We believe in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ which is His personal, visible return to earth and the establishment of His millennial kingdom, and in the bodily resurrection of all humanity unto final judgment resulting in eternal blessing of the righteous and eternal suffering of the wicked. (Matthew 16:27; Acts 1:11; Revelation 19:11-16, 20: 11-15)
  13. We believe in what is termed “the apostles’ creed”* as embodying the fundamental facts of the Christian faith.
  14. We believe in a literal Heaven and a literal Hell and that all those who place their faith, hope and trust in Jesus Christ will spend eternity in Heaven with the Lord, while those who reject Jesus’ free gift of salvation will spend eternity separated from the Lord. (Matthew 5:3, 25:31-34; Hebrews 12:23; 1 Peter 1:4; Psalm 9:17; Matthew 5:22, 18:9; Luke 12:5)
  15. We believe the Church will never face the judgment of God or the wrath of God coming upon the earth before the second coming of Jesus Christ. All believers will meet the Lord in the air and be taken out of this world prior to revelation of His wrath upon the earth. (Matthew 24:29-31; Luke 21:36; Romans 1:18, 5:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:9; 2 Peter 2:7-9; Revelation 5:7-10, 7:13-14)
  16. We believe in the creation and God as the Creator. We believe that God created man and that He created them male and female. As such He created them different so as to complement and complete each other. God instituted monogamous marriage between male and female as the foundation of the family and the basic structure of human society. (Genesis 1:27-28, Genesis 2:18-25) Jesus Christ affirms this teaching in Matthew 19:4-6. For this reason, homosexual unions, are unacceptable to God. (I Corinthians 6:9-11; I Timothy 1:9-11).We believe that marriage is exclusively the physical, spiritual and legal union of one man and one woman evidenced by a marriage ceremony, and solemnized by a minister of the Gospel, Justice of the Peace or legal solemnizing official.

*I believe in God the Father Almighty; the Maker of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ his only (begotten) Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; the third day he rose from the dead; he ascended into heaven; and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy Christian church; the communion of the saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body flesh; and the life everlasting. Amen.