We believe that the Church is Jesus' church, His bride; and those in leadership are entrusted with a responsibility to care for and protect Jesus' church. While the Bible does not mandate a certain structure of leadership, we believe that it provides guiding principles that help create a healthy, sustainable, and God-glorifying church.
1. We believe that some men are called to take on the role of elder/pastor/overseer. As we see in Acts 14:23, "And when they had appointed elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed." These elders have a responsibility to ensure that the church remains faithful to God's word and they are called to live up to the requirements of 1 Timothy 3:1-7.
2. We believe that both men and women are called to the role of deacon/deaconess/team captain. These are the ones that make everything happen day in and day out. They do all the heavy-lifting whereas the elders provide biblical guidance and discernment. We see this supported in Acts 6:1-15, Romans 16:1-2. We also see that they ought to live up to the requirements of 1 Timothy 3:8. At The Crossing Church, we call them Team Captains. They are the ones that make everything happen day in and day out. They serve in the role as Deacon/Deaconess as mentioned in scritpure and do all the heavy lifting.
3. Lastly, no church would be able to run without an incredible staff. We are blessed at The Crossing Church to have several people on part-time staff
Jonathan Kassebaum: Lead Pastor
Jonathan and Melissa Kassebaum are high school sweethearts and have been in the military for 19 years. They have three daughters Kylie, Ava, and Juliet and have lived in Jacksonville for 6.5 years. He is in the Air National Guard and currently serves as the Lead Pastor at TCC. email@example.com
Gene Klingbeil: Pastor
Gene and Rebecca Klingbeil have been faithfully attending TCC for many years. Gene is a firefighter and Rebecca is a nurse anesthetist. They have 4 kids and somehow find time to serve at TCC. Gene oversees our Discipleship Groups and our mission teams.
Brian Smith: Pastor
Brian and Kim Smith met while attending the University of Florida and got married shortly after Kim graduated her Masters program, in 2003. They have two loving boys, Michael, and Ben. Brian is a senior IT leader and Kim is an elementary teacher. They have been faithfully serving at TCC for many years.
Jennifer Crandall: Administrative Assistant
Our Administrative Assistant Jennifer Crandall is married to her first love, Tim. They have three grown children Ben, Casey and Sam.
Warner Alvarez: Worship Leader
Warner and Gaby are originally from Costa Rica, they both grew up in pastoral families, and have served the Lord from a very young age. Gaby is a nutritionist and Warner did his studies in journalism. They married in 2015 and in 2016 they welcomed their son, Santiago. They moved to the United States in 2018. God has allowed Warner to serve through worship for over 15 years and currently leads worship at The Crossing Church. firstname.lastname@example.org
Leslie and Kyle Allen: Children's Director
Leslie is a stay at home mom and former middle school social studies teacher. She and her husband Kyle have one son, Caleb, and a feline daughter, Tabby. Leslie loves to teach kids, support parents, and spread the gospel through children's ministry. Kyle is also our accountant at TCC. email@example.com
Robert and Amy Strickler: Global Missions Team Captains
Robert and Amy Strickler have two daughters, Gabby and Emma. They have all spent considerable time down in Costa Rica and they have recently picked up the Global Missions Team and are excited to be partnering with 6:8 Ministries.
Dave and Cynthia Knecht: Local Missions Team Captains
David runs his own business restoring classic cars and trucks and Cynthia is a paralegal. Their daughter Ashley serves on the Production team. As Team captains for Local Missions, they are looking forward to partnering with and supporting foster and adoptive families within our church and community.
Lawrence Davis: Discipleship Team Captain
Lawrence and Priscilla have three grown daughters and have been a part of TCC since 2020. Lawrence helps lead Bible studies, discipleship training, and helps provide oversight of our Men's Ministry at TCC.
Kendall Allen: Men's Minstry Leader
Kendall and Apryl Allen have been a part of TCC since May of 2016. They have 3 beautiful children, Elijah, Arianna, and Parker. They enjoy spending time with family and friends. Kendall has been leading the Men's Ministry since the fall of 2020.