We believe that The Crossing 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, we employ staff...well...because there is just a lot to get done!
Jonathan Kassebaum: Lead Pastor
Jonathan and Melissa Kassebaum are high school sweethearts and have been in the military for 18 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
Joey and Taylor Presutti: Children's Ministry Pastor
Originally from East Tennessee, Joseph and Taylor moved to Jacksonville so that Joseph could attend law school. Now, they are the grateful parents of twin girls, Caroline and Everly. Taylor works as a Dental Hygienist at the Beach, and Joseph practices law in Downtown. Joey preaches occasionally and oversees CrossingKids K-5th, the Men's Ministry, and teaches the Doctrines class.
BJ and Kelley Meadows: Youth Ministry Pastor / Student Leader
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 and Kelley lead up Student Ministry at TCC, BJ also oversees our Set-Up and Tear-Down Team.
Gene and Rebecca Klingbeil: Elder (Candidate) / Student Leader
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. They both volunteer with the Students, are Team Captains of Discipleship Groups, and Gene has recently entered the Eldership process and oversees our Missions.
No church would be able to run without an incredible staff. We are blessed at The Crossing Church to have four amazing people on staff that keep everything running.
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.
Barry Blaze: Worship Leader
Born in Jacksonville, Barry grew up “the son of a preacher man” in a very musical family. In his early 20’s he moved to Nashville, TN where he wrote and recorded for Forefront and Word Records as Code of Ethics. While touring through Canada with the Newsboys he met his wife Cynthia, it was love at first sight! In 2001 they moved back to Jacksonville to lead worship for a local church. During Barry’s favorite pastime of riding motorcycles he had a near death accident and lost most of his hearing and some eyesight. Through God’s grace and mercy he continues doing what he loves, leading worship, writing music, going to the beach and seeing his favorite bands play live with Cynthia and flying endless hours on flight simulator.
Lisa Montoya: Children's Director
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.
Chris and Kristen Land: CrossingKids K-5th
Chris and Kristen run our Crossing Kids K-5th ministry. They have 3 wonderful kids, Patrick, Ainsley, and Thaddeus. They are passionate about partnering with families to raise up children of faith. They own their own Chiropractic office and have lived in Jacksonville for several years.
Trey and Tara Sikes: Global Missions
Tara and Trey are married and have 1 son, Evan. You can’t miss Evan’s red hair running through the church, looking for people to hug. Trey is an Information Security Officer at VyStar Credit Union, where he’s worked for over 20 years. He went on his first mission trip to Costa Rica with 6:8 ministries in March 2015 and came home changed. Tara leads Human Resources at Maple Street Biscuit Company. Trey and Tara lead up the Global Missions Team at TCC.
Robert and Amy Strickler: Setup and Teardown / Ladies Group
Robert and Amy Strickler have two daughters, Gabby and Emma. Gabby is graduating high school and on her way to Costa Rica for an internship this summer. Robert leads our Setup & Teardown team and Amy leads the Ladies Group.
Liz Zurn: MomsNEXT
Jason and Liz Zurn have three children. Liz is a chef and owns her own company, The Crafted Pear and Jason works in the IT world. Liz has faithfully run our MomsNEXT group for several years!
Kendall and Apryl Allen: Host Team
Kendall and Apryl Allen are Florida natives who met while attending college. They are now married with two children: Elijah and Arianna. Apryl is a stay-at-home mom and Kendall works for the federal government. They are Team Captains of our Host Team!