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Elder Board

Ron Biddle (Staff Elder)

Greg Crawfis (Retiring Staff Elder 12/31/17)

Bill Hill (Lay Elder)

Larry LeMaster (Retiring Lay lder 12/31/17)

Mike Sloan (Elder Chairman)

Dave Vance (Staff Elder)

Mike Mahek (Staff Elder)

Greg Rudrick (Retiring Staff Elder 12/31/17)

 

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Joshua Blakley

Title: Lay Elder

Family: Nicole and I met in the Air National Guard and began dating in 1999. The Lord quickly showed me that she was the one and we married shortly after in June 2001. Nicole and I have been blessed with 5 incredible children - Hannah (13), Griffin (12), Addison (10), Jameson (6), Isabella(2).  The military has moved us around the country, but it feels great to be back home in the Clear Fork Valley area and back at Crossroads.

Current Job: Recruiting and Retention Superintendent, Ohio Air National Guard

Areas of Service at Crossroads: Foster/Adoption Community Group Leader

Experience at Crossroads: Our family has two slogans, ‘Bloom where you are planted’ and ‘Be a light!’. We were long time members of Crossroads prior to the military moving us to San Antonio, TX and then to Washington DC, before bringing us back to Bellville in 2015. During our travels, we worked hard to live out the slogans and both bloom where the Lord had us planted at that time and to be a light for Him while we were there. During these travels, we had a constant feeling that something was missing. Once we returned to Ohio, we quickly discovered that the missing piece was Crossroads. Our family is excited to be back and now have the opportunity to serve Him through Crossroads. As an Elder, my prayer would be to continue to grow and blossom for him, while being a light for Him in a world that is becoming ever darker. I am truly honored and humbled with this opportunity to serve in this capacity and I’m excited to see God’s work through His people at Crossroads for His purposes in our church and this city.

 
 
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Doug Hassenzahl

Title: Lay Elder

Family:  I have been married to my wife Ginger for more than 4 decades and consider it a blessing as we continue to love and cherish each other as followers of Christ.  We have two children, Joshua and Jessica who are both adults; Joshua teaches at OSU and Jessica is a stay at home Mom with 3 children. Our grandchildren are Caleb, and identical twin girls Esther and Hannah.

Current Job:  Retired from manufacturing management

Areas of Service at Crossroads:  Serve on the Safety/Security Team, North Park, City Center build and Widow Ministry

Experience at Crossroads:  The Lord has truly blessed our family with the privilege of being part of the body of Christ at Crossroads. I have re-newed and strengthened my relationship with the Lord through the fellowship of believers here; in particular while serving with the community, study and service groups.  The men’s groups and Bible studies have been instrumental in my continuing growth in the Lord, “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another” Proverbs 27:17.  I have participated in two disaster relief missions working with Samaritans Purse. We as a family are very thankful for His abundant blessings, including the opportunity to sponsor a young Cambodian girl, Vann Sung, through Asia’s Hope.  I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve the Lord through Crossroads.

 

Kevin Korbas

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Title: Lay Elder

Family:  A very dear friend thought that Bri and I would be a great match, and set us up on a blind date.  I was at a point in my life where I was not ready for a relationship, and as a result when the date was over, I did not ask for Bri’s phone number.  Bri knew what she wanted though, and unbeknownst to me “accidentally” left some photos that she wanted to show our friend in my car. Bri got what she wanted – her photos and another date - and the rest is history.  (Please note that this is my version of our story.) God has blessed me with an incredibly caring, sweet, and beautiful wife, who is a wonderful mother to our twin girls – Millie and Kendall. 

Current Job: Application Retirement and Data Archiving, OhioHealth

Areas of Service at Crossroads: Assistant Facilities Coordinator (aka “Little Greg”), Shuttle team

Experience at Crossroads: Our same friend who introduced Bri and I, also introduced us to Crossroads. We casually drifted in and out of the church for several years, never bothering to know anyone, give, or serve. Through various trials in my life, God eventually broke me and drew me to Him. Attending church became something for our family that was non-negotiable. In addition, involvement was non-negotiable – this started with serving on the parking team, and ultimately led to men’s groups, Bible studies, and the Shelby House Church.  A church that once seemed huge and difficult to navigate suddenly shrank and became much smaller and warm. Becoming connected in community at Crossroads has been one of the single greatest blessings that the Lord has ever bestowed upon me.  The fact of the matter is that I wish I could go back and do it sooner. As I later found out, during our time of drifting, the Lord was preparing two men to place in my life who would disciple me and model what it means to cherish God as your supreme joy and honor him in all areas and at all times. Crossroads continues to be a place of refuge and support for us, always modeled by the genuine fellowship and love shown in Acts 2. God has been and continues to be so unbelievably good to us in the valleys and on the hills. I am incredibly honored and humbled to serve Him and His church. 

 
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John Mack

Title: Lay Elder

Family: Deanna and I met and began dating in 2000. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I had found a girl who was way out of my league. Fortunately she didn’t come to that realization before we were married in 2003! We’ve had the pleasure to serve in the role of foster and adoptive parents since 2007. We currently have six children in our home: Shayla, Dawson, Brayden, Caleb, Tasha, and Olivia.

Current Job: Contract Specialist, Ohio Air National Guard

Areas of Service at Crossroads: Served as a lay pastor, have led men’s groups, as well as other classes.

Experience at Crossroads: Raised by a hog farmer turned pastor, I was exposed to scripture and  relationship with God at an early age. After a season of rebellion in my adolescence and early adulthood, I returned to the faith. In 2005 I was baptized by my father, and began to dig into what it would mean to live life as prescribed in the Word. Becoming parents in 2007, Deanna and I found ourselves called to find a new church home. We visited a number of churches in the area, and eventually settled in at Crossroads. Parenting children with a variety of special needs has presented challenges along the way; we have been so thankful for the robust children’s ministry here. The teaching and community that I have experienced at Crossroads have taken me to new depths of faith and relationship with our Creator. The call to serve as an elder is quite humbling. God still has plenty of sanctifying work to do in my life, and I am thankful for this opportunity to serve Him in this role.

 
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Wendell Anderson

Title: StaffTitle: Lay Elder Elder

Family: Wendell and Madeline married during the summer of 1997 and have four adult children, 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren, who all live in Michigan & North Carolina.

Current Job/Area of Service:  Executive Pastor, Crossroads

Experience at Crossroads: Madeline & I began attending Crossroads shortly after my job transfer to the local General Motors facility in 2003. I received an MA in Spiritual Formation from Ashland Theological Seminary in 2005 in preparation for life post-GM. Before joining Crossroads staff in fall 2008, I had the opportunity to teach classes, seminars, mid-week & weekend services and lead community groups. I am amazed how God continues to provide the opportunity to use each of our unique gifts. I also currently serve on the Boards of GlobalLead and Grace’s Table.

 
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Doug Taylor

Title: Staff Elder

Family: Kelly and I met at Cedarville University. She was on the softball team and I playedbaseball. We have been in ministry together for the past 24 years. We are passionate about leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus. Kelly is a high school math teacher and softball coach at Mansfield Christian School where our son Derric is a freshman. Our daughter Mya is a freshman at Cedarville University. 

Current Job/Area of Service at Crossroads: Communities Pastor

Experience at Crossroads: I have been on staff for over a year and our family has been blessed beyond words. This is truly a wonderful place. We have connected with so many people and have made great new friends. Crossroads is a friendly, warm and welcoming place. I have thoroughly enjoyed helping to grow the community groups, classes and connection groups. Our family has assimilated quickly into the culture at Crossroads. We have been involved in mission trips, youth groups, serve teams and have enjoyed working with both children and adults. It has been a pleasure to serve alongside such a wonderful group of people. I am both humbled and honored to serve at this church.