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

Executive Pastor

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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.