Chris Coli

Senior Pastor

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.



Matt VanGent

Executive Pastor

Matt was raised in Southern California and has spent all of his adult life living and working near Los Angeles.  He studied youth ministry at Azusa Pacific University, then went on to get a Master's of Theology from Fuller Seminary.  He’s served in full-time ministry since graduating from college and absolutely loves the blessing of serving people in the church and in the community.  He spent his first nine years of ministry as a Youth Pastor before helping launch Sanctuary Coffee, which served as a valuable time of preparation for this current role at CrossWinds. He’s married to Erin, and they have two young daughters, Ellie and Kenzie.


derek walker

Creative Arts pastor

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.


Andrea Coli

Teaching Pastor

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.


Carole Taylor

Community Life/Small Groups 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."



Daniel Parsons

student ministry Pastor

Daniel was brought into the Crosswinds community by his highschool sweetheart Chelsey Marazita during his Junior year in 2011. Many Crosswinds leaders came alongside of this couple to harvest their ministry gifts and affirm their calling. He first joined the team as the High School Men’s Mentor in 2014 serving under Pastor Kim Bonilla. Daniel then attended Azusa Pacific University in Southern California, where he majored in Biblical Studies and helped to open Sanctuary, the church in a coffee shop. He served as a “pastorista” pulling espresso shots and developing deep relationships with people from all walks of life. The shop’s goal was to reflect Jesus through conversation within the heart of it’s community. He returned to Crosswinds in August of 2018, lured in by his home church’s commitment to know, love, and reflect Jesus through intimate relationships. As a pastor, Daniel’s heart beat is intense spiritual mentorship. He loves to enter into stories and walk alongside individuals as they learn to follow Jesus. On his off days, Daniel enjoys making memories with his fiance, writing, and escaping to the mountains to fly fish with his dog.



aaron horner

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.



Jim Matthews

Pastoral Counselor 

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.  





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."