Culture Cross exists to share the love of Jesus Christ with the immigrant and refugee populations in our communities through the teaching of English and citizenship classes, serving as advocates and mentors to the newest arrivals in our country. Culture Cross also promotes cross-cultural outreach in churches all across the US.
Steve and Sheri Woodward are directors of Culture Cross Ministries that began in 2007 in Amarillo, Texas.
The Woodwards began their missionary career in 1990, with the Assemblies of God, in the city of Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico. For fifteen years Steve and Sheri were involved in Christian education, opening a Bible school in Tuxtla Gutierrez, helping start a Latin America Childcare school and two feeding programs both ministering to impoverished children.
In 2005, the Woodwards transferred from Assemblies of God World Missions to US Missions. Shortly thereafter they established the Amigo Center in Amarillo, Texas. In 2016, the name of the ministry center was changed from the “Amigo Center” to the “International Learning Center” to better reflect the diversity of the students.
Currently day and night classes are offered, teaching English to internationals from many countries. The Center also has citizenship classes. Workers at the International Center donate their time and come from several local churches. There is no charge for students who attend classes.
Culture Cross also helps churches establish ESL (English as a second language) outreaches in their own local communities. Steve and Sheri hold training courses for local church volunteers to help establish these new ministries. Church-based English classes often result in new Bible study groups, or new ethnic churches.