Church Profile: The Church at Trace Crossing

By Christie McNeal/NEMS Daily Journal

Landon Dowden became a pastor seven years ago. After serving the Lord in Louisiana for almost six years, Kevin Williams, the pastor of music at the Church at Trace Crossing, asked Dowden and his wife to consider a move to Tupelo.
“As we prayed, we just felt the Lord’s peace,” Dowden said, and he became the lead pastor in August 2011.
According to Dowden, the church currently in a transitional phase.
“We’re still very much a work in progress,” he said.
The church is currently following a five-year Biblical plan. The goal is to “let our people grow in the word,” Dowden said.
He has been preaching out of Ephesians since August on Sunday mornings, and they recently started studying Genesis on Sunday nights.
Dowden said the church is “globally minded” and “kingdom minded” and that missions are a big focus. This year, members of the church will be going to Honduras, Uganda, Cambodia and Boston.
“But we want to bless other churches as well,” he said, adding that Trace Crossing enjoys partnering with other churches in the area when possible.
“We want to be a blessing to the city,” he said.
A big phrase the church uses is “whosoever,” meaning anyone is welcome.

Pastor quote:
‘Our greatest desire is to see the gospel advance in us and through us.’
Landon Dowden
Lead pastor

• Denomination: Southern Baptist
• Pastor: Landon Dowden
• Established: Celebrated 5 years in October
• Recent attendance: 200
• Worship style: Contemporary
• Worship days:
Sunday: 10:30 a.m. worship (nursery & preschool available for birth-age K4)
Wednesday: 6 p.m. ELEVATE (ages 3 – 5), BIG for Children (Grades K-6), Students (grades 7-12), 6:15 p.m. adult Bible study and prayer; LifeGroups meet throughout the week
• Address: 1181-B W. Main Shopping Center, Tupelo
• Website:
• Phone: (662) 791-7858
• Email:

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