I became the lead pastor of Immanuel in October of 2008. In my role, I’m primarily concerned with the overall mission and vision of Cross Community. For the first time in my life I believe that God has called me to plant roots and invest my life in one specific place. Very exciting to be planted in the same place I grew up!
The most challenging, yet rewarding, part of my job so far has been working with our body to reform the way we operate by focusing on our mission and vision. My heart is to see Cross Community pursue the fame of Jesus Christ above all else. I also desire to see our region transformed for the glory of Christ.
My two greatest personal interests are preaching and enjoying the outdoors, especially hammering a big buck. I have an incredible wife named Erin. I married way up. The thing I admire most about her is that she loves me as I am. You’re awesome babe. It doesn’t hurt that she’s quite a looker.
As for my education, I received a Masters of Divinity from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri and a Doctor of Ministry in Leadership in Preaching and Pastoral Ministry from Denver Seminary.
My goal is to help people connect to God's work each week. My primary role is the First Impressions ministry which is leading a group of people to help others experience Jesus through kindness and service. Our goal is to make sure everyone knows they are loved & welcomed by God and our church family.
I also manage our technology needs development including making sure the content and design of our website is fresh & relevant, social media is active and helpful and learning new ways to utilize technology for the advancement of Jesus followers. I oversee graphics design and video production as well as general facilities management.
My first and foremost interest is my wife Liz and our 3 children, Tannah, Chloe and Cade. The study of the Bible has always intrigued me but it is the challenge of living it out that excites me the most! As a young boy I was on the road with my parents in a singing group and picked up the guitar as my instrument of choice at age 15. I haven’t put it down since! We have been a part of the church family here at Cross Community since 1997 due in part by two amazing families welcoming us here.
Oddly enough, I have a Bachelors degree in Mortuary Science. I was in funeral service for 26 years before answering the call to full-time ministry. I have been actively involved in many avenues of church for most of my adult life. I seem to get the most education from the school of hard knocks! There is no better teacher than pain to make sure you remember what you’ve learned! I’ve had my share of God’s rod of correction/discipline in my life while His staff of protection has given me great peace. A little something not many know is that my favorite meal of choice is sushi with my favorite snack of choice being boiled peanuts! That comes from living in South Georgia for many years of my teen life.
As the Executive Pastor, I oversee our staff, ministries and the day-to-day operations of the church. My goal is to see everyone, from small children to senior adults, experience a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. I have been blessed with a wonderful, godly wife and three great kids. My hobbies include hunting, fishing, watching college football, and being outdoors.
I earned a Bachelor of Science at Oklahoma State University and an MDIV at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Before coming to Immanuel I spent 6 years doing student ministry.
It is a blessing for me to serve our students at CCC in Poteau and to direct them into a relationship with our Lord Jesus. I feel some of the best things about student ministry are that I get to act like a student again and lead a youth staff that has a heart for the students. My vision for the future is to see students of the surrounding area get on fire for Jesus and go tell their lost friends. Some of my favorite things in life are my family, hanging out with students, and spending time outdoors. I have an amazing wife, Amber, and two wonderful children, Kaleigh and Colin. I graduated kindergarten in 1985, Pansy Kidd in 1993, and Poteau High School in 1997.
I have the awesome privilege of serving as the Children’s Minister here at Cross Community Church. There is not a day that goes by that I am not amazed that I get the honor of partnering with parents in leading children into a growing relationship with Jesus! The two greatest loves of my life are my incredible husband, Joel, and my wonderful son, Jake. I enjoy hanging out with my family, nature walks with my husband and target shooting. One of my passions in life is teaching girls about their value in Christ through the Princess Power program. My heart is to continually invest in the lives of others in such a way that always points them toward the amazing love and hope that are found only in Him!
I grew up in McAlester, OK and moved to the area in 2009 for my husband’s job. We have been attending CCC for about 2 years. We searched for a long time for the right church for our family, and I believe God brought us here for a reason. The church, community groups, and people have changed our lives in so many ways! Growing with our group and volunteering in ministry are a couple of my favorite things about CCC. I have been with my wonderful husband Jeremy for 7 years. He is the manager at Riverside Autoplex here in Poteau. We have an amazing daughter named Payton. She is full of energy and keeps me on my toes! I look forward to serving the church and Gods people!
I serve at the Pocola campus of Cross Community Church by leading worship and ministering to students. Worship and Student ministry have been a huge part of my life for many years. I know without a doubt that God has called me into ministry and I cannot imagine my life without being involved in some type of ministry. To me there are a lot of elements involved in worship, but it should be mainly focused on lyrics that glorify God. I love to look out at the crowd when I’m on stage and see people worshiping.
I’m the Youth minister of our Pocola campus. I love being a part of the process of discipleship in students’ lives. It never gets old to see students mature into their relationship with God.
Apart from ministry, I’m very active and participate in sports like running, cycling, and hiking. I am learning about gardening, which is challenging but worth the effort. Also, I like to read a lot. I graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a Bachelors degree in Music Education and I hope to someday continue my education and pursue a Masters of Theology or a Masters of Divinity. I believe I should always be learning and bettering myself.
I came to Cross Community Church (when it was still known as Immanuel Baptist) when I was 3 years old, as a youth pastor’s son. There have been so many God-loving people at this church that taught me worship, discipleship, and leadership; and that impacted my life to become a fully devoted follower of Christ! God is amazing through everything: his beauty, his mystery, his grace, and so much more; but the one thing that has always jumped out at me is worship. I was sitting on a mountain in Montana one summer when the stars felt like they were on top of me; I knew God was calling me to serve him. That night I felt worship like I had never felt worship: just me and him. That is why I want to lead others to learn and know that God hears them and that his Son’s Grace never runs out! I love how he can use music to break down the heart and draw people close to him!
I love to spend time with my wife, two boys and our daughter -- most of the time outside on a river, mountain, or forest. But I will take any moment I can get with them no matter where it is! I have an associate degree at CASC and an unfinished Programming Degree at UAFS. I plan on going back one of these days when God gives me the opportunity to do so. I currently own Snyder Lawn & Landscape and love helping people and creating jobs for others. Every day is a different challenge and sometimes when you think you have business figured out, then here comes another curve ball.
I joined the staff of Cross Community Church at the end of 2013. I am excited to take on the role as Associate Pastor of Missions, serving both campuses in promoting the importance of living out our faith by engaging in missions. God has called me here, to this healthy and thriving church, a church ready and willing to share and act on the truth of the gospel! I am overwhelmed by what God is doing at CCC and I am grateful to be a part of it!
I grew up in the Poteau area and have a true desire to see this area reached for Christ, to see lives changed by the power of the gospel. I was called to the ministry about six years ago and have served as a children's and youth pastor during that time. I am married to my wife Janissa and we have two kids, Addison and Grady. In my life before ministry, I completed an Associates in Applied Science and I am continuing to pursue my bachelor's in Ministry from Oklahoma Baptist University at present.
My job is to help the church however I can using technology. I handle CCC's day-to-day computing needs, as well as administer our website and video streaming system.
In my free time I develop Cedar, an open-soure show control system CCC uses to run our projectors and stage lighting. Also, I play bass guitar in our praise team and am currently learning the theremin.