Overall our leadership here at Crossroads is provided by our elders and pastors. All of us come under the leadership of Christ Jesus and none are more important than another.
Representatives from both Elders and Pastorsmeet regularly to plan and coordinate the many aspects of what we do at Crossroads, leaving just a small handful of governance or oversight matters solely for our elders.
Our paid pastoral staff provides the day-to-day spiritual vigour to our community, drawing on the wide range of God-given gifts of many volunteers from our community in order to do that through a wide range of ministries and activities. Meet them below!
Pastors and Staff
Discipleship and Pastoral Care Pastor
Steve joined the Crossroads team in 2012 and serves as Pastor for Discipleship and Pastoral Care. Steve is married to Lesley and they have two awesome kids, Josh and Hanna.
Prior to joining Crossroads they served with Youth with a Mission in Germany and the United States. Steve loves quality time with people over a seriously great cup of coffee. In his spare time, he's knee deep in the garden, hanging out with family, fishing, cooking and exploring God's creation.
Colin, along with wife Janferie, joined us in November 2014 having served for 5 years as a chaplain at Massey University. Before that he had served on the staff of churches in New Zealand and the UK helping them communicate Christ to the changing world in which we all live.
Young Adult Pastor
Ruby is from Northern Ireland and he joined the Crossroads team in 2015. He serves as a Pastor for the Young Adults at Crossroads. Ruby has a Diploma in Theology, which he gained at Belfast Bible College. He is married to Sara. He enjoys all sports, he likes to travel, loves music and coffee.
Children and Families Pastor
Leanne joined our staff in August 2011. She works alongside 7 strong ministry groups- Crossroads Early Childhood Centre, Mainly Music, Crossroads on Sunday groups Senior and Junior, intermediate age groups-Switch and Switched On and Girls Rally.
She is involved in organising Parenting Courses at Crossroads. Leanne is married to Stephen and they have 4 children. She enjoys photography,cooking,craft and travelling.
Donna has been on staff since 2009 where she leads our high school aged ministry CY. She is married to Brayden and they have a daughter, Adeline. Donna is currently studying towards a Diploma in Counselling and has previously studied Applied Theology both here in New Zealand and in Australia. In her spare time Donna enjoys travel, having people over for dinner and reading a good book.
Philippa has served at Crossroads for over 10 years in various roles. She currently works 13 hours per week connecting with new people coming to Crossroads and integrating them into church life. She also does general pastoral care within the church and wider community.
Philippa's interests are people and her first grandchild!! Philippa has in the past served God at an orphanage for abandoned babies in South Africa.
Receptionist / Administrator
Lyn is married to Andrew and has 3 adult children, 1 daughter in law and 2 sons in law and 4 precious grandchildren. Her interests are sewing, quilting/patchwork and scrapbooking, as well as spending time with family.
Jo joined the Crossroads staff in 2016. Jo is married to Chris and they have 3 awesome children, Elliot, Mollie and Griffin. Jo loves to engage with people over a great cup of coffee and hanging out with family, friends and is always up for an adventure.
Jo assists the Pastors with admin and events and also in the office with Lyn.
The Leadership Team are responsible to God for the overall spiritual direction and vision of the church. This includes Biblical correctness and integrity of our church, guarding the spiritual life and well being of members, mentoring ministry leaders and church discipline where necessary. (1 Peter 5. 1-4)
Crossroads Church Leadership Philosophy
We are committed to a plurality of leadership as that seems to be the New Testament pattern and the church being autonomist (answerable to God and no human hierarchy). Furthermore we are not a church that votes on issues or in regard to major decisions (spiritual, physical, financial, personnel).
Leadership is charged with leading (Romans 12: 8). However, leadership, on significant matters that affect the Crossroads community, will provide opportunities via general forums, focus groups or individual appointments for people to input into the decision process.
The Elders, Pastors and Support staff are not the people who carry out the ministry of the church and do all the work. Everyone who belongs to Crossroads is encouraged and challenged to be doing ministry in the work place, the community in which they live and within Crossroads.
Key Leadership Scriptures
Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you.
Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.
1 Peter 5:1-2
And now, a word to you who are elders in the church…I appeal to you: Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God.
…he [Paul] sent a message to the elders of the church at Ephesus…When they arrived he declared...guard yourselves and God’s people. Feed and shepherd God’s flock—his church, purchased with his own blood—over which the Holy Spirit has appointed you as elders.