Meet Our Members

Ms. Norma Watkins


Sis. Norma Watkins, a native of New York CIty, moved to NC in 1984 and married the late Earl C. Watkins. 

Ms. Norma joined Orange Cross Roads a year after she moved here and became an active member of the Sunday School and Missionary Dept. She also served as youth and young adult advisor. Through her efforts, the young adult department held it's first retreat in the NC mountains.They also collected needed items for the battered women's and the homeless shelter as well as a family adoption at Christmas. Sis. Watkins was always faithful and had perfect attendance at Sunday School.

Despite her declined health and ability to be at Sunday School or regular service on a regular basis, she forges ahead when possible. She always makes sure that she makes it to the various annual services each year. She continues to support and be in constant prayer for her church and church family. 

Sister Norma Watkin's motto is: "When you let God lead, it is an easy path with only a few bumps to keep you going straight."

Xan Wade

January 2018 was a joyous month for OCR as we happily accepted a new member to our family.

Brother Xanthus Leron Wade (Xan) came forward giving his life to Christ. Brother Wade stated, “ I joined Orange Crossroads because I wanted to give my life to Christ realizing that through His blessings, grace , and mercy , it was time for me to be of service to Him.”

Xanthus is the son of Sister Linda Wade and the late Alexander “Skip” Wade. He is the oldest of his siblings- Lemario and Xandria Wade. He is a 1995 graduate of Orange High School in Hillsborough, NC. He is employed by Sports Endeavors and Honda Power Equipment.

Xan is not a stranger to OCR as he actively participated in The OCR Youth Choir during his secondary school years under the leadership of Sis. Jeanne Knight, Rev. Wanda Crisp, and Deac. Mary Crawford.

We are excited to Welcome Xan Wade as a baptized member of Orange Crossroads as he states that as he accepted Christ, he wants to “share His (Christs’) goodness with others.


Phyllis Brooks

We are excited to highlight our amazing and interesting members who contribute in so many ways to our wonderful church and community.  Please check monthly for a new member's profile, so that the next time you see them in church, at one of our events or around town, feel free to say hello and introduce yourself.


Sister Phyllis B. Brooks

Phyllis joined Orange Cross Roads Missionary Baptist Church at a young age and has been faithful thus far.  Phyllis serves on the Pastor Aide Ministry, Missionary Auxiliary, Program Ministry for Announcements on Sundays and Kitchen Ministry.

Graduated from Central High School in Hillsborough, North Carolina.  Phyllis worked with J. Spencer Love Hosiery Mill in Burlington, NC for 7 years.  In 1973 she started her employment with UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill, NC and retired in 2004 after 30 years of service.

Phyllis loves to give back to the community through involvement with people and civic organizations.  She is a member and the Treasurer of Ridge Road Extension and Community Association, Inc. Club; works with the Voting Committee, Local and State Primary campaigns; and actively involved with the Northern Orange Branch of the NAACP.

In 1998 Phyllis was Crowned Mother of the Year “local level” for Northern Orange Branch of the NAACP and the Statewide Final Contest winner and awarded the 2012 Sertoma Service to Mankind Award for Significant and Meritorious Service to Mankind by Hillsborough Sertoma Club.

Phyllis also have been a sitting Companion for elders in the community, she helped care for her father, mother and aunt until their passing away.  She loves to help in the community where it is needed.

Phyllis is currently working part-time with the Department on Aging-Jerry Passmore Center in Hillsborough, NC, was cross trained with Seymour Center in Chapel Hill, NC.

Phyllis’s favorite pastime is traveling now that she is retired.





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