Want to know our staff just a little better? Here is a great way to start!
Pastor Brian has been a Senior Pastor since 1980, and has served churches in Texas and Missouri. He and his wife Diane are Northern Illinois natives. They met in High School and married shortly after graduation. He has a Bachelor's degree in Comprehensive Agriculture from Illinois State University, and a Masters and PhD from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Diane is a videographer and serves the church in this capacity as well as owning her own business, Diane's Video Services. They have four children and, so far, two grandchildren.
Andy has had the privilege of serving churches in the capacity of Youth, Worship and Associate pastor since 2004 in Missouri. Andy has written and recorded four albums and toured for six years. Primarily playing Christian rock, Andy also performed contemporary Christian/worship and even Southern Gospel. In 2011 Andy was ordained by the Christian Church. Originally from California, Andy met his wife Calvina in Missouri and has been married since 2004. They have been blessed with two boys and a girl. Andy’s goals are to help people know and grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ through music and performance. Using contemporary methods to present and prepare people’s hearts for the truth of God’s word.
Anita and her husband Mark, have served in children’s ministry since the beginning of Crossroads. She served two rotations on the Leadership Team and in 2013 she left a 28-year career as a Certified Diabetes Educator to join the staff full time as Family Minister. She is a native of Potosi, Missouri, and graduated from the University of Missouri—Columbia. She and Mark have two daughters; Rachel who is teacher at Jackson, and Emily who is a student at Mizzou. Children’s ministry is a family affair for the Smiths. As Family Minister, Anita works closely with Gretchen in Preschool and Rachel in The Rock to coordinate programming for kids from birth through sixth grade, choosing curriculum and scheduling volunteers, reaching out to Crossroads’ families and the community through kids camp and outreach events.
Anita is passionate about connecting people to Crossroads through the Life Groups and other ministries. She coordinates the Newbies Life Group, a three-week group to help new attenders get to know the staff and the opportunities to connect. Anita is also behind the scenes for our outreach events and weekly activities, as well as our social media presence.
Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up. 1 Thessalonians 5:11a.
Donnie has had the honor of serving as Crossroads Youth pastor since 2009. Prior to his full time service at Crossroads he worked at AT&T, along with serving as head youth. Donnie is currently pursing an Associates of Divinity through Hannibal-LaGrange. Donnie is active in the National Guard and previously served in the United States Marine Corps. He has a passion for youth, loves the environment, and opportunities to help youth pursue their goals in Christ. Donnie has been married since 2007 to Kayleen and they have been blessed with two boys Kadon and Hoyt. Donnie and his wife Kayleen also lead College/Post High School Life Group.
Gretchen and her husband Brian have been active CrossRoaders since 2011. They live with their three young daughters Cadence, Heidi and Lexi in the forest in Cape county. She met Jesus at the ripe old age of 12 and has loved and served Him ever since. Gretchen has a Bachelor of Music Education degree from SEMO and loves creative things like music, sewing, painting, cooking and Pinterest. She and Anita love to combine forces with creativity and brainstorming to come up with fun events for CrossRoads families. Gretchen loves meeting families and enjoys getting to know the little kids in the nursery and preschool department, as well as getting to know the super team of volunteers that help nurture our youngest CrossRoaders.
Hi! My name is Rachel Barrett. I am currently in college at Southeast Missouri State University. My major is Early Childhood and Elementary Education. I hope to go on to get my Master's degree as well. I live on the SEMO campus, but I am from Jackson, so I go back and forth all the time to spend time with my mom, dad, sister, and my husband Collin. I love Jesus Christ more than anything in this world. Jesus became Lord of my life when I was 7 years old He is the reason for my every breath, and I am so blessed by everything He has given me.
My favorite color is pink, my favorite Bible verse is Colossians 3:16-17, my favorite food is pasta, my favorite animal is a dolphin, and I love all things chocolate and skittles.
Amanda joined the Crossroads staff in the Spring of 2011 as Administrative Assistant, and in 2015 switched roles to Financial Secretary. Amanda processes the weekly contributions, payroll, and accounts payable.
She grew up in Oran, Missouri and attended Southeast Missouri State University where she received an Associate's Degree in Childcare and Guidance. Amanda has nearly 15 years of administrative experience including banking, human resources, management, and customer service. Amanda is also the owner of Lukefield Special Events, specializing in wedding planning and coordinating.
Amanda is a member at Immaculate Conception Church in Jackson, MO. In her free time she enjoys cooking, entertaining, and being outdoors. Amanda and her husband Josh live in Jackson with their three children Katy, Jay, and Mackenzie.