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January 2016
Happenings at the Cross!
Bald Knob Receives Award
award Bald Knob Cross will be receiving the Business Improvement of the Year Award at the Union County Chamber of Commerce dinner on January 30th.

So many people are responsible for the significant upgrades and beautification of the Bald Knob Cross grounds and welcome center that makes this award possible. A huge thank you to everyone that has contributed!!
Easter Sunrise Service
Easter Sunrise Service Easter is early this year - March 27th - so be sure and mark your calendars and plan to attend the 80th annual Easter sunrise service. Here are a few of the plans are already in place that I can share with you:
  • The service will begin at 6:30 a.m. (official sunrise is scheduled to arrive at 6:49 a.m., so the sun should rise as we worship!)
  • Music will be provided by Annette Bingaman, southern gospel artist, who has shared her music at the National Quartet Convention, the Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and has released nationwide radio singles. Annette lives in the heart of southern Illinois and has a deep love for Bald Knob Cross and the way it touches the lives of so many people.
  • The message will be delivered by Rev. Larry Gilbert, pastor of the United Methodist Church in Murphysboro, Illinois. A native of southern Illinois, Rev. Gilbert has served in ministry for 40 years, and lived most of his entire life within a short drive of Bald Knob Cross.
  • Watch for more information as planning continues!
2017 Solar Eclipse Event
Solar eclipse A total solar eclipse will take a path through the United States on August 21, 2017. The point of greatest duration (the location where the total eclipse lasts the longest along the entire path) is located in the heart of southern Illinois, where Bald Knob Cross is located. And Bald Knob Mountain is one of the highest points in the area!

There has been a great amount of interest shown in our "spot on" location for the best viewing of this rare eclipse. We're working with the Solar Eclipse Committee and other area businesses on planning this incredible event, but suffice it to say that Bald Knob Cross will be a very popular spot for viewing this phenomenon. Watch for updates as planning progresses!
Residential Caretaker Position
Bald Knob Cross Bald Knob Cross is looking for a passionate and dedicated Caretaker to look after this extraordinary southern Illinois landmark. We are seeking that special someone who will be an asset to the Bald Knob Cross organization.

Here are just a few of the personal benefits the Caretaker experiences by serving in this role:
  • Connect with visitors from all over the world who visit Bald Knob Cross
  • Serve as an inspiration and leader to others
  • Enjoy the most unique living experience surrounded by Shawnee National Forest
  • Learn and enjoy the deep, rich history and heritage of Bald Knob Mountain and the communities surrounding the Cross

A two-bedroom apartment, attached to the Visitors Center, is provided in exchange for Caretaker duties. Click here for a full description and the overall job description.

Upcoming Events
  • winter at the cross March 27, 2016 - Easter Sunrise Service
  • April 24, 2016 - Blessing of the Bikes
  • May 14, 2016 - Blessing of the Cars
  • June 17, 2016 - Crossflame Youth Choir Orchestra Tour

Additional events to be held at Bald Knob are being considered for 2016. If you would like to assist with planning an event for next year, please send an email to 


Create your own event at Bald Knob!  

Interested in Becoming Involved?
Become a Member: For a small annual donation, you can become a member of the Bald Knob Cross of Peace today! Click here for more information and to download the membership application.

Welcome Center: We need some additional volunteers to serve as Greeters at the Welcome Center when guests come to visit the Cross. Regular or occasional blocks of time available. Email if you'd like more information.

Prayer Team: Would you be willing to pray regularly for the ministry of the Cross, and for submitted prayer requests? Consider joining our email prayer team. Contact for more information.

Thank you for your support of Bald Knob Cross of Peace!


Teresa Gilbert




Teresa Gilbert

Executive Director 

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