Charles and his wife Erin returned to The Crossing in 2012 after having been part of the church when it began; their wedding day, in fact, was the night of the church’s first meeting, so Charles likes to claim their marriage is the matrix from which The Crossing was born.
During those years away, Charles earned a Master of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago, and a Ph.D. from Cambridge and then taught New Testament for five years at Oak Hill, an Anglican seminary in London. While in England, their family grew to include their four children.
As a pastor, Charles teaches Night Crossing and Connections classes and works with the 20-something ministry. He came back especially to help with leadership development. He is excited to be part of creating something that joins the best of seminary and church through classes, mentoring, and serving, that will prepare people for all kinds of ministry.
After eleven years away, split between Chicago and England, Erin returned in 2012 to her native mid-Missouri. Raised as a Tiger, Erin graduated from the University of Missouri with her bachelors and masters in accounting. She spent the majority of that time away working as a CPA in public accounting, with six of those years supporting the educational dreams of her husband, Charles.
Since returning to Columbia, she spends most of her time at home with her children. One of her main passions is mentoring—from her two-year-old son to the young women she gets to spend time with through The Crossing’s 20-somethings ministry. She also enjoys blogging at Every Square Inch as a way to communicate some of the slightly more mature thoughts that drift through her mind during the day while home with four kids.
Dave is one of the founding pastors of The Crossing. Before that, Dave and his wife, Jeannette, served with Campus Crusade for Christ at Mizzou for 17 years. He earned a Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis in 1999, a MA in Theological Studies from the International School of Theology in San Bernardino, CA in 1992, and a Bachelor’s in Persuasion from Missouri State in Springfield, MO in 1982. Dave and Jeannette have been married over 30 years and have two grown children, a daughter-in-law, and two grandsons.
Scott moved to Columbia from Naperville, IL in 2000 to help start The Crossing. He earned his BA in Communication Arts and Sciences from Calvin College in 1997 and is currently attending Covenant Seminary. Scott met his wife, Rachel, in the early days of The Crossing; they have a daughter and two sons.
As the Director of Worship, Scott enjoys working with a skilled team of musicians week after week. He believes the most essential instrument for Sunday morning services is the voice of the church: the Body of Christ. He enjoys crafting worship services, mentoring worship leaders, being a part of the songwriting team, and making music to the glory of God.
Originally from St. Louis, Colleen graduated from Mizzou with an English degree and has called Columbia home ever since. She became a Christian in high school, and while interning at The Crossing in college, she felt a pull to be involved with full-time college ministry. She married Andrew in 2012; you might see him on the drums each Sunday. Colleen has been heavily influenced by the ministries of Francis Schaeffer, L’Abri, and Covenant Seminary.
As a staff member with Veritas, Colleen especially helps to oversee the girls’ side of the ministry, developing and teaching small group leaders and working with girls one on one. She loves seeing the way God changes lives and shapes students’ beliefs during this formative period. She and Andrew also lead a 20somethings small group.
Warren was raised in the northern suburbs of Detroit but prefers to simply tell people, “Detroit,” as he thinks this somehow makes him sound tougher and scarier than he really is. Currently a master’s student at Covenant Seminary, Warren received his bachelor’s degree in communications from Adrian College in 1983. Since moving to Columbia in 1992, Warren has mostly worked for Mizzou, including his current job as a Web Developer for the School of Journalism. He is married to Michele, which most people would say is undoubtedly the single greatest redeeming thing about him. In addition to five children from previous marriages, they have one young son together.
Warren “specializes” in reaching out to adults in the thick of serious life stressors. Having come to Christ in 1997 out of a background of alcoholism and divorce, Warren now works part-time at The Crossing in men’s redemption/recovery ministries and co-facilitates DivorceCare with his wife. While recognizing the truth that we are all broken and flawed individuals, Warren’s passion is to share the good news of unlimited mercy and grace in Jesus Christ. He names as his deepest influences John Piper, Ed Welch, C.S. Lewis, and Ravi Zacharias.
Michele Mayer is a Missouri girl, spending the majority of her childhood years growing up in St. Joseph. Michele came to know Christ in a real and lasting way in her late 30′s, after living through a divorce and four years as a single working mother of three young children. Michele moved to Columbia in 2004, after meeting the most amazing man ever on the Internet and marrying him 12 weeks later, combining households that included five children. She and her husband Warren also have a young son together.
The arrival of her fourth child completely changed Michele’s life. After working nearly 20 years in administrative roles, she now stays at home to raise their youngest child and provides childcare for others. Michele volunteers with her husband in divorce recovery ministry, with a heart for helping people going through divorce avoid the many mistakes she made. She also oversees the church’s Care Ministry, which shares the love of Christ in practical ways with the Columbia community. She is pursuing biblical counseling certification through CCEF. Michele has been most impacted by the writings of A.W. Tozer, C.S. Lewis, John Piper, and Paul David Tripp.
Patrick Miller is from Kansas City, but he’s called Columbia home since 2005. He and his wife Emily graduated from Mizzou, where she’s currently employed as an interior designer. Veritas was instrumental in Patrick’s conversion early on in college. During that time he became passionate about college ministry, and joined the Veritas staff team after he graduated. He writes for Every Square Inch and contributes lyrics for The Crossing Music team.
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Gerik joined The Crossing in 2011 after a 13-year career as a newspaper photojournalist and editor. He decided to pursue photography after trying various jobs such as dishwasher, busboy, milking cows, boiler room attendant, and deckhand on a commercial fishing boat. Gerik is married to his high school sweetheart, and they have two children. He obviously enjoys all things photo including collecting old cameras and photography books. He also likes watching fine films and documentaries.
As the Media Director Gerik produces videos, photos and other media. He also directs the multi-camera video production of Sunday’s services which can be watched live online.
Originally from the small town of Palmyra, Emily has called Columbia home for the last ten years. She graduated with degrees in Elementary and Middle School Education from Westminster College in Fulton before coming to Mizzou to earn a M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction through the Teaching Fellowship Program. After teaching first and fifth grade for five years at Paxton Keeley Elementary School, Emily joined the staff team at The Crossing as the Elementary Director for five years.
Emily married her husband Jeremy in 2013 and the two welcomed their son Gideon to their family in 2015. She currently stays at home with him while working part time writing curriculum, assisting with intern development, and helping with Family Events for Crossing Kids.
Keith became a Christian as a freshman at the University of Missouri. It wasn’t long until he knew he wanted to be involved in vocational ministry. So after graduating from Mizzou and marrying Christine, the two of them spent five years on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ. He then moved to Chicago to get a Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Keith and Christine have three sons and a daughter.
Keith joined Dave Cover in planting The Crossing in the summer of 2000 and is part of the team that leads the church. As a pastor he participates in a wide range of ministries, but what he enjoys most is preaching on Sunday mornings.
After graduating from the University of Missouri, Nathan entered into vocational ministry as a staff member with Campus Crusade for Christ. After a few years, he decided to further his theological education at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, where he received his Master of Divinity. He and his wife Rachel have both been involved with The Crossing since its beginning in the summer of 2000. They married just a few months later and now have three kids.
Nathan has served as a pastor since 2006. His primary role is to help people grow in their understanding of biblical truth as well as the contemporary culture in which they’re called to live it out. His responsibilities include Sunday morning and Night Crossing classes, a web feature called Point of Focus, and Talking Pictures, a regular film screening and discussion night. He also helps to oversee The Crossing’s blog, Every Square Inch.
Cam claims Kansas City as her hometown. After graduating with an M.D. from UMKC School of Medicine, she trained in Pediatrics at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. She practiced Pediatrics in mid-Missouri until illness ended her career. She has been involved in The Crossing since its beginning in the summer of 2000. As a volunteer, she coordinates The Crossing’s ministry partnerships in Kenya.
Prior to leaving practice, Cam traveled with medical relief teams to Haiti, Cameroon, The Dominican Republic, and Guatemala. These experiences grew her desire to help orphans and vulnerable children. Later, concern for AIDS orphans took her to Kenya where she formed connections with longterm missionaries and Kenyans who serve among the spiritually and materially poor. Her travel blog led The Crossing to form ministry partnerships in Kenya. Cam is no longer able travel to Kenya but remains passionate for God’s people there. She seeks to resource and encourage those laboring to show Christ’s love to the nations.