Chris joined the CrossWinds staff as the Associate Teaching Pastor in January 2008. Originally from the Chicago area, he double majored in Psychology and Theology at Wheaton College. He then went on to complete his Masters of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary. He has been married to Andrea since 1998 and has two wonderful daughters, Quinn and Kennedy. With a passion for teaching and a background in Creative Arts ministry, Chris has a heart to teach God’s Word creatively. His desire is to consistently present biblical truth in a way that inspires people to new depths of faith and action.
Jodie has been on staff at CrossWinds since 2004. As pastor of spiritual formation, Jodie’s passion is for people to learn what it means to follow Jesus according to how God has uniquely wired them for service and growth. Her primary role includes providing opportunities for individuals to take the next step in their spiritual journey by offering opportunities for further learning and growth. Jodie has been in ministry for over 20 years. Her love for study has led to an MDiv degree from Golden Gate Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Seminary. Jodie is married to Ernesto and they have two boys: Ernesto and Sebastian.
Creative Arts Pastor
Joshua was born and raised in Carmel, CA and moved to the East Bay after falling in love with his beautiful wife, Carrie. Together they have two sons under the age of five, Jack and Henry. The boys keep them busy and fill their lives with joy. One of Joshua’s biggest passions is music. After touring for a number of years around the country with his punk rock band, Joshua felt called to settle down in the East Bay and become part of a church community. At CrossWinds, Joshua strives to build a creative space in which people can worship God. He loves songwriting, and has written many of the worship songs we sing each week. He is passionate about building community within a church setting and loves leading people in worship. Joshua’s other interests include the San Francisco Giants, Blue Bottle Coffee, and biking.
Andrea joined the CrossWinds staff in 2009 and has thoroughly enjoyed the privilege of using her gifts alongside some of the most loving, creative, dedicated people she’s ever met. She earned her Masters Degree from Fuller Theological Seminary, and has been leading ministries for over 20 years. She is frequently invited to speak for other ministries, churches, and conference centers, and embraces any chance she gets to speak life and love to anyone who happens to be listening. Prior to living in the Bay Area, Andrea and her husband Chris lived in Las Vegas where she was a cast member in an all-improvised show with The Second City. She wrote a book all about it called Scriptless: What I Learned About God on the Las Vegas Strip. She is a dynamic teacher, a reluctant writer, a funny friend and mom to two awesome girls.
student ministry Pastor
student ministry Pastor
Aaron joined the CrossWinds team in 2016 as a member of our Student Ministry and Community Life teams. He then transitioned into the role of Student Ministries Pastor working with STUFF (Middle School) and Adult Small Groups Pastor supporting our Young Professionals and Couples Small Groups. He comes to us with almost 10 years of experience in serving the community through the nonprofit world. His passion is to help others to connect with God and to become the best versions of themselves. Aaron is married to his wonderful wife of 18 years, Cathy, and has 3 children; Mae, Anna, and EJ. As is normal in ministry, he is an avid lover of coffee and music.
Derek joined the Crosswinds staff in 2017, and is passionate about seeing people connect with God through music. Him and his wife, Amy, live in Livermore with their two little girls, Atley and Emerson. Derek works closely with our team of volunteer musicians and creatives to help make worship at Crosswinds an experience that attracts and inspires. In his spare time, Derek loves old punk rock and country music, good coffee, baseball, and being outdoors.
Jim has been in pastoral ministry since 1976. Over the years he has served as a Senior Pastor, Recovery Pastor, and a Pastoral Counselor. He is a graduate of Cal State Hayward and New College, Berkeley. He has a Certificate in Chemical Dependency Studies and is a member of Spiritual Directors International. Jim has been married to Connie since 1973; they have three grown children and eight grandchildren. Jim and his family have attended CrossWinds since 1992. He joined CrossWinds staff in 2008 working primarily with 12 Step recovery groups and providing Pastoral Counseling.
Community Life Pastor
Carole has been on staff for more than 20 years. With a Masters degree in Christian Leadership, she is passionate about helping people realize and use their full potential to serve God. As the Community Life Pastor she oversees our Adult small groups, as well as men's and women's projects events. She is married to John and is the proud parent of three grown children and four grandchildren.
"Helping others feel a sense of belonging has always been important to me. Community Life is all about that and my role here allows me to help people connect to others in our community. With a passion to help people grow relationally and spiritually, I'm exactly where I need to be to be used by God."
John has a Masters of Divinity from Bethel Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary. He has been married to Debbie since 1974 and they have three children, Aaron, Nathan, and Julia, and five grandchildren. John's passion is to live God's abundant, optimal life to the fullest, and to assist people in discovering this life through a vital relationship with God.
"I'll never forget the day CrossWinds Church was born back in November of 1988. No one on the leadership team really knew what to expect as the church opened its doors for the first time. But as nearly 300 people showed up to check out this new church, well, we all knew that God's hand was in this. And I've never doubted that since."