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Staff Group

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. 


BJ Meadows: Pastor
BJ Meadows married his High School sweet heart, Kelley. They have two beautiful kiddos, Alethia, and Josiah. He is a Middle School English teacher at Pacetti Bay Middle School and Kelley recently earned her doctorate degree in nursing. BJ oversees our Youth Ministry and the Set-Up and Tear-Down Team.


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.


Natalia Treulieb: Communications Director
Natalia is originally from Brazil where she used to be a ICU Physical therapist. She came to USA in 2015 to learn English. Her husband, Ryan, moved from NY to attend law school in 2012. They met at church and fell in love. Natalia is the Communications Director for The Crossing Church. Ryan is an attorney who practices in Jacksonville. He is also a guitarist for the worship team. They also have a little boy named Isaac.


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.

MontoyasLisa Montoya: Children's Director (Pre-K)

Lisa has recently come on staff as our Children's Director. She has a degree in Exceptional Student Education and has always been passionate about serving children. She is married to Matt and they have boy/girl twins, Levi and Remi. Now as a stay-at-home mom, Lisa is thrilled to pour her love for teaching into CrossingKids.


Leslie and Kyle Allen: Children's Director (K-5th)
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. 


Gabby Strickler: Youth Leader
Gabby is 20 years old, lives locally, and loves Jesus. Gabby has been attending TCC for about 5+ years and in that time has developed such a heart for the preteen/teen girls at TCC. She gets so much joy from loving on them and walking through life with them and is thrilled to join the staff at TCC as the Youth Leader!




Brian and Katie Wolf: Host Team
Brian and Katie Wolf are Host Team captains for The Crossing Church. Brian works as an attorney at a national law firm. Katie owns and runs a content marketing consultancy. They have one daughter, Cameron, and a dog, Kennedy. 


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 leads our men's and women's ministries at TCC.

kendall allen

Kendall Allen: Men's Minstry Leader
Kendall and Apryl Allen have been attending 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.