Care Ministry Director
Shelly grew up in St. Joseph, Missouri. She came to know Christ in her late 30s, after living through a divorce and four years as a single, working mother of three young children. Shelly moved to Columbia in 2004 after meeting her husband, Warren.Shelly oversees The Crossing's Care Ministry, an umbrella ministry that includes more than 15 unique teams and groups that minister to hurting individuals living through seasons of pain. She also coordinates regular service opportunities within The Crossing community and in our city. Lastly, Shelly loves serving with her husband in divorce recovery ministry, with a heart for helping people going through divorce avoid the many mistakes she made.
Warren was raised in the northern suburbs of Detroit. He received his B.A. in Communications from Adrian College in 1983 and completed his M.A. (Theological Studies) at Covenant Seminary in 2016. Since moving to Columbia in 1992, Warren worked for Mizzou for 26 years. In addition to five children from previous marriages, they have one 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 in The Crossing in 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.
Care Ministry Coordinator
Gretchen and her husband Joe grew up in Quincy, Illinois and moved to Columbia in 2003 after they were married. She graduated from Miami University in Oxford, OH with a degree in Secondary Math Education and taught for four years at Oakland Junior High before becoming a stay at home mom to their four children. Her family joined The Crossing in 2016, and she quickly became involved serving on the executive team for ForColumbia. This work led her to The Crossing's Care Ministry. She considers it a joy to use her gifts to serve on this team, supporting volunteer leaders and helping those in need.