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Crosspoint Alliance gets a new pastor

Michael Bochman started as the new pastor at Crosspoint Alliance Church in Perham four weeks ago. His goals as a pastor include creating a closely connected congregation, and nurturing relationships between people and God. Marie Johnson / Perham Focus

The new pastor at Crosspoint Alliance Church in Perham has had a sense of his calling since boyhood.

As a child, Michael Bochman always looked up to two of his uncles, who were missionaries, and he spent a lot of time at his hometown church, which his family was active in. By grade school, he was already thinking that God might want him to be a pastor. By high school, he was sure of it.

"I really started to hear God's voice then," Bochman recalled during an interview Monday. As he grew and matured into his career, "God just kept opening doors and confirming things, and now I'm here!"

Bochman has been at Crosspoint Alliance for about a month now, and he said things are going well.

"So far, I love it," he said. "It's a great community, and a great church. I find myself saying again and again that I can't believe I'm lucky enough to work here."

Bochman grew up on a farm near Menominee, Wis., then spent four years as the youth pastor of a church in Michigan before becoming an associate pastor and youth pastor at a church in north-central Ohio, where he's worked for the past nine years.

He started out with a focus on youth and teens, but in recent years, "God's been moving my heart more and more toward adult ministries and just ministering as a whole," he said. "For awhile, we've believed that God's been leading us toward broader church leadership."

That "we" is Bochman and his wife, Amy. The two have been married for about nine years and they have three children: Kate, age 5, Mya, 3, and Ella, 16 months. Looking for a new, more across-the-board opportunity for themselves and their family, they found what they were looking for at Crosspoint Alliance.

"The church has an amazing team," Bochman said. "The staff and elders here have been amazing—very generous, very hospitable. And this town; Perham's a small town, but it has so much. It has a family feel, and I love that. I keep saying, I feel so lucky to be here."

The Bochmans had never been to Perham before, and had no connections here, but the pastor said people at the church, and in the greater community, have been warm and welcoming. He's been meeting a lot of people, and he hopes his passion for the faith is making an impression.

"I really like being around people," he said. "I hope they see that I'm passionate about Jesus. And I hope they see that I care about them."

As pastor at Crosspoint Alliance, Bochman said he's looking forward to building on the "incredible foundation" that church leaders have created, and is excited to work with them on honing the church's goals for the future. He said he wants to create a culture of people who are engaged in life together; who are connected by more than just a shared worship space on Sundays. Crosspoint Alliance has some of that happening already, he said, but he'd like to expand it even more.

Ultimately, he said, it's about growing people's personal relationships with God.

"I believe that God loves everyone, and it's God's desire for people to be in a relationship with him," Bochman said. "I want people to have an encounter with Jesus."

Marie Johnson

Marie Johnson joined the Detroit Lakes Tribune as a reporter and magazine editor in November 2017 after several years of writing and editing at the Perham Focus. She lives in Detroit Lakes with her husband, Dan, their 3-year-old son and baby daughter, and their yellow Lab.

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