After serving as Crossroad's Associate Pastor of Student Ministries for 4 years, Jeff was called as Senior Pastor in June, 2016. He received training at Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary, Lynchburg, VA., and previously served with Campus Crusade for Christ and as Student Ministries Director at Westwood Church, St. Cloud, MN. Jeff is passionate about seeing people find joy, fulfillment, purpose and life in God. Jeff and his wife, Jessica, have four children: Brennan, Tenley, Macie, and Ronan.
Pastor of Ministry
Preston Smith married to the beautiful Sydney Smith and they have a son named Briggs. The Smith family has a passion to reach the younger generation for Christ. They grew up right here in Albert Lea, and Preston says, “There is something about your hometown and the people in it, I love being a part of what God is doing here, and to continue to watch lives transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Director of Discipleship
Tim recently received the call to leave his established career in banking to become the Director of Discipleship at Crossroads Church. Tim has a passion for people to grow in their walk with Jesus and to live out that faith in every aspect of life. Tim and his wife Emily have attended Crossroads Church for 13 years and have four kids, Owen, Griffin, Ruby and Eddie.
Shanna began serving as interim worship director in August, 2014, and joined the staff in June, 2015. She received her training from Crown College in St. Bonifacius, MN. She has a passion to equip Christ-followers for authentic worship and facilitating Christ-honoring corporate worship experiences. Shanna and her husband, Jared, have four children: Drake, Grace, Evie and Alec, who are also active in the worship ministry at Crossroads.
Director of Family Worship and Technology
Tyler began serving as the Director of Family Ministry Worship and Technology in January, 2021. He attended Crossroads throughout his childhood years. He says, "This is where I gave my heart to Jesus and discovered my love for worship through music." Tyler is passionate about people understanding what it means to Worship God, and experiencing freedom in it. He currently lives in Albert Lea with his wife and High School sweetheart, Kylie, son, Judah, and goldendoodle, Maxee.
Middle School Director
Donna began serving at Crossroads in July 2018. She has been attending and serving at Crossroads since 2013. She has a passion for middle schoolers and teenagers and is excited to help them get to know Jesus and walk with Him. She and her husband, Myles, live in Northwood, IA.
Susan and her family have been coming to Crossroads since 2005 when she and her husband began volunteering in children’s ministry. For 6 years she served as the Director of Children’s ministry and then stepped down to be mom. In March of 2017, she stepped back in as the Elementary Coordinator and loves to be back working with the kids and volunteers! Susan is passionate about passing faith and a love for Jesus to the next generation and has been doing so in camping ministry, youth ministry and now children’s ministry for a long time now! She loves being wife to Darrin, mom to Caleb, Samuel and Josiah, and raising their family in the country in rural Northwood, IA.
Nursery and Preschool Coordinator
Hayley began serving as the Promiseland Coordinator in May 2018. She served on the Leadership Team of Albert Lea MOPS/MOMSnext for 7 years and is now excited to use her passion for ministry and leadership to help the youngest kids of this church get to know Jesus. She lives on a hobby farm north of Albert Lea with her husband, Nick; her four children - Laiken, Eddie, Faith and Maren; and her giant dog, Gus.
Kim began serving as the Church Administrator for Crossroads in February, 2017. Kim has assisted executives in the workplace for 40 years, while also serving alongside her pastor-husband in church planting and church ministry. Kim has also led and consulted in women’s ministries in local churches, and in regional and national ministries. She is a mother of two daughters and a grandmother of two active boys. She and her husband, John, reside in Albert Lea just one mile from their grandsons.
Marja began serving as Office Assistant in April 2019. She and her husband, Jake, have been attending Crossroads since 2010. They live in Albert Lea with their four daughters: Charlotte, Adelynn, Lillian and Eloise.
Sharon is no stranger to the Crossroads staff. She began serving as Church Secretary in 1995 and now serves as Bookkeeper. Sharon and her husband Stacey are long time members of Crossroads and love spending time with their 4 adult children Spencer, Sydney & Preston Smith, and Schafer, and grandson, Briggs, when they can. Sharon loves working with numbers and people.
Ashley has been attending Crossroads for 10 plus years. She has enjoyed volunteering in Promiseland the last few years and as of September 2019 is excited to serve as Bookkeeper Assistant to Sharon. Ashley and her husband, Brett, live in Albert Lea with their three children - Bryn, Ledger, and Gage.
Justin began serving as Facilities Coordinator at Crossroads in February, 2018. He and his wife, Michelle, have 4 children and 1 granddaughter. Justin is the President of the Albert Lea Chapter of the Christian Motorcycle Association.