Welcome to the Cross & Flame Ministries Church website. I am glad you have chosen to spend a few moments looking around, discovering our church family.

We are a group of people committed to following Jesus. That means we worship him with vigor and joy, we encourage prayer in church and throughout life. That means we love people outside the church through generosity, invitation, and compassion.

Our hope is that all people will feel loved and welcomed into our church family. And once here, we pray that people will either meet God for the first time, or find inspiration to strengthen your ongoing Christian faith journey. Come as you are. Check us out, but more importantly, seek the truth of God that can only be known when one knows Jesus.

While you are browsing our website, you will learn about our ministries and get a glimpse of who we are. Find the worship service that’s right for you, and come visit.  My prayer is you will be so inspired, you will want to make one of the locations of Cross & Flame Ministries your church home.

God’s richest blessings to you!
Pastor Larry Gilbert


Worship is the high point in our life in the Christian community as we celebrate the Good News of God’s love expressed through Jesus Christ, share in the fellowship of God’s people, and grow in faith. DeSoto services are informal in nature, incorporating praise and worship music. Casual attire is welcome. Services are held approximately every four to six weeks. See the Events page for upcoming services and special events.
Communion is offered approximately every 6-8 weeks.
Nursery care is offered during services.
Seasonal Service: A Blue Christmas service is offered each year on the longest night of the year, December 21, for those who are grieving during the Christmas season.


In DeSoto, the church is located one block west of the 4-way stop sign, on the north side of the road. It is right across from the fire station.

Welcome Center

Join us for refreshments and a great coffee bar in the entryway just outside the sanctuary.

Contact Us

DeSoto United Methodist Church
211 W Lincoln, DeSoto, IL 62924
(618) 687-2317


Agape House is a ministry of DeSoto United Methodist Church. It is a group of children, youth and adults that meets most Wednesday evenings from 5:30 – 7:30 pm for fun, food, fellowship, and Christian education. Children ages pre-K through high school and adult volunteers are welcome to become a part of Agape House. Just come join in on any Wednesday evening. Click here to visit the Agape House website.