Elders and Staff
Jesus, Senior Pastor
"And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent." - Colossians 1:18
"And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory." - 1 Peter 5:4
We have no idea what Jesus looked like, but we are serious about Jesus being the one who is in charge at TCC! This is His church and we do all we can to make much of Jesus and imitate Him as we lead (Ephesians 5:1). Our Elders and church leaders desire to follow Jesus' commands found in John 13:34-35:
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Jesus is our model of leadership as we seek to live out Philippians 2:
"Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men."
Rob Christy, Lead Teaching Pastor:
Rob was born and raised in Jacksonville. He earned an undergrad degree in Christian Education, and also has a Masters of Divinity from Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Rob is an ordained Pastor and has led in ministry in various capacities over the past 12 years. At the age of 23 Rob was saved by Jesus and quickly felt the call to pursue ministry. Rob loves the gospel message of grace and desires to be engaging and impactful through his preaching while completely relying on God for the results. Some fun facts about Rob: He was once the President of a lowrider car club, founder of a traveling ministry team, and third string quarterback for a flag football team named the “Unicorns”. Rob loves spending time with friends and family, eating really good food, watching football, listening to podcasts and hanging out with his INCREDIBLE wife Becca and their poorly trained pup, Nugget. Email Rob here.
To learn more about Rob's heart for ministry & The Crossing, watch the sermon from the first Sunday he took over as our Lead Pastor here.
Spencer Boulter, Elder of Men's Ministry & Missions:
Spencer and Molly Boulter have four wonderful children, Alexis, Christopher, Nathan, and Seth. God called the Boulter family to Costa Rica, where He used them to help start 6:8 Ministries. After living in Costa Rica for over five years, they returned to the United States, where Spencer serves as President of 6:8 Ministries. Currently, they are living in Jacksonville, Florida where Spencer spends much of his time preaching in churches, networking, fundraising, and other administrative duties. He also continues to make monthly trips to Costa Rica to help oversee operations. The Boulter family have been an incredible blessing to the Crossing after joining our church over 2 years ago. Spencer is your go to guy for all things men's minsitry at TCC.
Joe Dethloff, Elder of Finances & Host Team:
Joe is a Jacksonville native. He attended the University of Florida and has a degree in Building Construction (Go Gators!) He owns Breakwater Construction, a local company that specializes in building swimming pools, room additions, and custom remodeling. He and his wife Stephanie met when Stephanie was transferred to Jacksonville with the US Navy in 1999. They were married in 2000 and have three children, Margaret, Abigail, and Phillip. He loves Jesus, and is excited to be a part of the impact that The Crossing Church is making in our community! He and his family enjoy camping all over Florida in their motor home, and just about anything outdoors! Joe oversees our Finances and Host Team.
Jonathan Kassebaum, Elder of Creating Community & Student Ministry:
Jonathan Kassebaum was born and raised in San Diego, California and attended Pepperdine University where he earned his degree in Mathematics. Jonathan and Melissa were married in 2001 and immediately began their life in the US Air Force. They have three daughters Kylie, Ava, and Juliet. Desiring to grow deeper in his understanding of the scriptures, Jonathan earned a Master of Arts in Theology from Liberty University in 2008. After 9 moves in the Air Force and innumerable churches later, Jonathan and Melissa have settled down in Jacksonville. Jonathan has been an elder at The Crossing since March of 2015 and loves sharing God's truth with others, especially over a cappuccino. He enjoys playing with his daughters, flying, perfecting his barista skills, and working in the yard. Jonathan oversees our small groups and student ministries. Feel free to contact Jonathan at email@example.com.
Collin Brewster, Elder of Crossing Kids Preschoool:
Collin is married to his high school sweetheart Kalie. They have twin girls. He was born in Louisiana and loves some good Cajun food and the greatest football team LSU. Collin enjoys playing golf, going to the beach and just hanging out with family and friends. Collin is currently going through the process to become a Crossing Elder in the future. Collin oversees our Crossing Kids ministry at TCC.
Eddy Foye, Worship Pastor:
Eddy is married to Monica. They have two incredible boys, Grayson and Jackson. Eddy has been leading worship for years. He is a gifted musician, singer, song writer, and pastor. Best of all, Eddy loves people and loves to equip people to use their gifts in worship. Eddy and Monica recently started The Art Garage where they teach painting, art, drums, guitar, and vocals, as well as record and mix music in their studio. Eddy likes great coffee and has been know to ride a mean motorcycle. Email Eddy here.
Becca Christy, CrossingKids Coordinator:
Becca was born and raised in the great metropolis of Umatilla, FL. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Christian Leadership from Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, FL. Becca loves to travel and explore. This led her to move to Los Angeles, CA, to intern at TOMS Shoes and then to travel around the world experiencing how other cultures live and love. She desires to spread the love of Jesus to everyone - both locally and globally. She loves working with children and students. She is passionate about partnering with families to help kids truly grasp the gospel and Jesus' love for them. For fun Becca likes to play with her sweet puppy, Nugget, workout at Trinity Fitness, and wander around St. Augustine. Email Becca here.
Jennifer Crandall, Care Team
Jennifer Crandall was born in Colorado where she began walking with Jesus as a young child. She met and married her favorite person Tim as a teenager and gladly committed to follow him anywhere. Several decades and many moves later they now have three grown kids: Ben, Casey and Sam. Tim's work brought them all to Florida in '02 where they've grown to love the people, the lifestyle and especially the lack of snow in Jacksonville. Jennifer is an encourager who enjoys being part of the worship team and noticing the hearts of those around her at TCC. Her goal as Care Team Captain is to help others love and feel loved as we all walk out Romans 12 - specifically to rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep. If you are interested in learning more about the Care Team, feel free to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shay Paulson, Creating Community & Events:
Shay is the Community Builder Team Captain and has been serving since 2015. She's passionate about connecting people with each other (just ask her, and you'll see how excited she is about it!). One way that The Crossing is able to do that is through coordinating events, large and small. Shay has a long list of ideas for growing community within TCC, and if events are your cup of tea, let her know! She'd love the help. Shay & her husband, Adam, moved to Jacksonville in 2014 for Adam to attend Physician Assistant school, and now they don't want to leave. So they are sticking around with their chocolate lab, Rye, and putting roots down here. When Shay's not working on her marketing & event planning business, you can find her hanging with their small group, singing on the worship team, reading (she has a long list of books to recommend!), and traveling. Contact Shay at email@example.com.
Shawn & Mindy Lenahan, Crossing Kids Elementary:
Shawn and Mindy are married with three children: Summer, Connor and Chloe. While they have helped in many ministries from High School to Preschool – they have discovered their favorite thing is serving Elementary students together, particularly in the large group setting. Mindy plans and Shawn executes in a fun and often unexpected way. They are passionate about partnering with parents to lead kids in a growing relationship with Jesus. Some of their favorite things are game nights, eating out and Disney. Shawn has been known to create a video game or two and still enjoys playing them in his free time. Mindy loves a good book, glitter and puppies.
Melissa Kassebaum, Crossing Kids Elementary:
Jonathan and Melissa Kassebaum are high school sweethearts originally from San Diego and the military brought them and their 3 daughters to Jacksonville in August of 2013. They have been working in Crossing Kids since they arrived and have served at team captains for the K-5th graders for a year and a half. They started working with children in 2010 while attending their church in Las Vegas and enjoy the innocence, laughter, and deep questions brought on by elementary aged children. They are grateful to be able to work alongside the awesome Crossing Kids volunteers who pour into the lives of the next generation of the church. Jonathan is an F-15 pilot with the Florida Air National Guard and Melissa home schools their children. They both enjoy a good cappuccino and good conversation and are renovating their "fixer-upper" home in their spare time. If you have any questions about Crossing Kids Elementary please let me know. Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out Melissa's interview about Crossing Kids HERE.
Crossing Students High Schoolers:
The Kassebaum's are also currently leading the high schoolers at the Crossing. They are very excited to connect and engage with your Crossing students this semester!
Kalie Brewster, Crossing Kids Preschool:
Kalie is married to Collin. They have twin girls, Kennedy and Kinsley. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education from University of North Florida and is enjoying teaching First Graders! Kalie loves Jesus and lots of coffee!! If you have preschool aged children I would love to meet you! Feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
Paul and Jen Hofrichter, Host Team:
Paul and Jen have been attending The Crossing for over four years and have been the Team Captains of the Host Team for one year. They have three wonderful kids named Riley, Callen and Ella, and a dog, Lucy. Jen is a full time mom and really enjoys going to the beach, traveling with family, watching almost any sporting event and eating Italian food. Paul grew up in Jacksonville and while working at the YMCA in Gainesville, met Jen. He works as a nurse practitioner and received his masters degree at the University of Florida. Paul enjoys spending time with family, going to the beach and pool, and watching sports. Feel free to contact Paul and Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kim Smith, Local Missions:
Kim was born in Gainesville, Florida. While attending the University of Florida, she met her husband Brian. They are both huge Gator fans who enjoy cheering on their team in The Swamp. They have 2 energetic and sweet boys, Michael and Ben. Kim is currently an online teacher for an international school, and has been teaching for over 12 years. Kim is excited to lead The Crossing Church on some new service projects this year. We are always looking for new ways to love and support our church, neighbors, and community. If you would like get more involved in outreach in our community, please email Kim at email@example.com.
BJ and Kelley Meadows, Middle School (Student Ministry):
I’m BJ Meadows. I married my High School sweet heart, Kelley. We have two beautiful kiddos, Alethia (5) and Josiah (2). I am a Middle School English teacher at Pacetti Bay Middle School. I have been volunteering with middle schoolers for the last 10 years. I love middle school and high schoolers and find a lot of joy mentoring them and partnering with parents to help us all grow in our relationships with God and each other through Jesus. I became a Christian when I was 16 and am not remotely perfect yet but am trusting God daily to grow my faith. I enjoy everything outdoors: golfing, fishing, hunting, surfing, paddle boarding,hiking, and sitting on the beach reading a book. Feel free to contact BJ at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brian Smith, Production Team for Sunday Gatherings:
Hi, I'm Brian. My wife Kim and I were part of the Small Groups that helped plant The Crossing back in 2011. In the beginning I served on the host team and setup and teardown or anywhere else I was needed. I was even convinced to help do large group skits with the K-5 year olds even though I found that to be pretty nerve racking. I've always been into music though and really wanted to get involved with the worship production team. I now serve as the team captain and love being a part of the worship experience on Sunday! Kim and I met while we were both attending the University of Florida. After we got married we lived in VA for a few years but moved back to FL to start our family. We have two amazing boys, Michael and Ben. I work for a mortgage servicing technology company as a Software Director. When I'm not working I enjoy hanging out with my family, playing my guitar and golfing. Feel free to email me at email@example.com for info about our worship production.
Joseph and Taylor Presutti, Small Groups:
Before Facebook, there was MySpace. And it was on MySpace where Joseph and Taylor initially met. 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. Besides spending time with family, they enjoy being with friends, going to the pool, and going on an occasional cruise! If you want to get plugged in at The Crossing by joining a Small Group, contact Joseph and Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org.