Who We Are

Jasen Thomas

Pocola Campus Student Minister

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I have been attending Cross Community Church since early 2015 and before becoming a member I longed for community and to be invested in. Cross Community Church was the family I was seeking. I consider it a blessing to serve as the Student Minister at our Pocola campus and my prayer is for all of our students to not only pursue a deeper understanding of the Gospel, but also a deeper relationship with our Savior. I have the privilege of walking with them through that process and being an open ear for any who would need it.

I began my career in child welfare at the Department of Human Services in August of 2015. When I’m not working I enjoy being with friends, playing disc golf, and spending time with my mini Aussie, Strider. I earned my Associate’s degree in criminal justice from Carl Albert State College and went on to earn my Bachelor’s degree from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant. I am excited about the future of this church and look forward to seeing God at work!

Jason Waymire

Lead Pastor and Elder

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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.

Carl Lynch

Student Minister

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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.

Laurie Thomas

Children's Minister

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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!

Janet Tissington

Office Manager

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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!

Brandon Lopez

Service Production Director

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I serve at the Poteau and Pocola Campus as our service producer. Basically, I oversee our streaming process, worship ministry, and help create fun and engaging sermon series.

Apart from ministry, I'm a husband and father, both of which have been the hardest, but most rewarding journeys I have been on. I like to participate in sports like running, cycling, and hiking. I am learning about gardening, which is challenging but worth the effort. 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.

Josh Snyder

Worship Minister

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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.

Matt Duke

Pocola Campus Pastor

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My family and I came to Cross Community Church in 2011. We came in search of a church that felt like family. In September of 2012 I had the honor of becoming the campus pastor at the first of Cross Community Church's church plants. My wife and I both grew up in rural Oklahoma and have always had a desire to reach out to the people in Pocola.

My desire is to see Jesus change people's lives in a real way. We started a home group for children several years ago and have seen God change entire families as a result. I am the non-seminary guy. I'm a Registered Nurse by education. Half of my life has been helping people at their best times, birth of a baby, and worst times, death of a loved one.

I know everyone always says they are married to the love of their life and best friend, but it is true. In 1996 God blessed me with the greatest of helpmates, Angie. She has walked beside me through everything. She is opposite me in almost every way yet exactly the same. We share our home with our son Zachary, our daughter Abigail and coop full of chickens.

Justin Jackson

Missions Pastor

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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.

Craig Marquardt

Elder

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I moved a couple times as a child and ended up in Tulsa by the time I was 10. I went to Jenks High School and then graduated from Oklahoma State University with a forestry degree. I didn’t grow up in a Christian home but began to be influenced by Christians while at OSU and was saved when I was 21. Annette and I married in 1983. We have two grown daughters and one son-in-law, Claire Marquardt and Elyse and Zac Dillard. Several important men in my life discipled me over the years teaching me how to be a follower of Christ and a Christian husband, father, and forester.

Jerry Waymire

Elder Emeritus

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I became a Christian at the age of 11. I am married to Terry Waymire and we ahve been married 45 years. We have two grown chilren, Jason Waymire and Janissa Jackson and 5 grandchildren. We have been mambers of Cross Community (formerly Immanuel Baptist Church) since 1984 and live in Poteau, Oklahoma. I have been practicing pharmacy for 40 years. My wife and I have been on many mission trips and served many different ways in our church. I like spending time with my family and fishing.

Paul Speak

Elder

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A native of Fort Worth, Texas where I found the Lord at age 20 after I began reading the New Testament for the first time. Somewhere toward the end of Matthew I asked the Lord Jesus to come into my life and save me from my sin. Two years later, I move to Ada, Oklahoma and shortly after met my wife, Liz, at Falls Creek. We were married in 1982 and later that year relocated on a farm near Wister where Liz grew up. We hadn’t planned to stay but we’re still here raising cattle and chickens. In 1989 we joined Immanuel Baptist church and about the same time I became involved in overseas missions traveling primarily to Asia and Africa. It has been very fulfilling to be involved with the effort to complete the great commission and at the same time I feel burdened for so many people who have yet to hear the name of Jesus. I have also served at our church first as a deacon and now an elder since 2010. Liz and I have three children and four grandchildren.

Russell Smith

Elder

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Both I and my wife Patricia grew up in Christian homes and have been Christ-followers for most of our lives. But when Patricia and I began attending Cross Community in December, 2011, we were at a low point in our marriage and family. Through the messages and the worship, God gave us so much encouragement. I had tried to keep secret some of my past failures and struggles, but God gave me a group of men where I could be open about my weakness and God’s strength. That eventually led us to Celebrate Recovery, where God has done deep work in us as individuals and as a couple. Our marriage is healthy and strong and in CR we have a place to serve where we get to see God working in others, as well. I have also been privileged to serve as a deacon at CCC for more than five years. I am honored and excited to be serving as an elder alongside some very fine men, as we seek to faithfully guide the church according to God’s plans. I believe He has much good in store for us.

Patricia and I have been married for more than 35 years, and we are blessed to be parents of seven, grandparents to 17, and great-grandparents to one, with more to come!

Wayne Hoffman

Elder

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My family moved to Bokoshe in 1961 from central Texas. I graduated from Spiro HS in 1970, from the University of Oklahoma in 1975 with a BBA in business, worked in various financial sectors, part owner and operator in three nursing facilities until 2002. I'm currently involved in health care, funeral home, and ranching. I have six children all living in the state of Oklahoma, with 15 grandchildren(actually 14--but we still count the one that is now with the Lord knowing that we will see him One Day). I have been an active members of Cross Community Church for the past, almost, 32 years.