Director Crossing Kids
Christine became a Christian through Campus Crusade for Christ at the University of Missouri. After she graduated with a degree in Journalism, she married Keith and started working in campus ministry. They have four children who keep them very busy.Christine has worked part-time at The Crossing since 2002, first as Early Childhood Director and now as the Crossing Kids Director. In this role, she oversees all that happens with Infants through 5th graders. Her passion is for children to love to learn about Jesus in creative ways.*part-time
A native of Columbia, Abby began attending The Crossing shortly after graduating from Central Methodist University in 2006. She spent 9 years as an Elementary teacher. Shortly after earning her Master of Arts in Education Administration, she began to coordinate childcare for special events at The Crossing. During that time, Abby found that she truly enjoys administrative tasks and helping the sitters and kids enjoy their time together. Abby joined the Crossing Kids team in 2015 where she oversees the programming, volunteers, and interns for the Elementary ministry, and also coordinates Night Crossing for Kids.
Early Childhood Director
Jess joined The Crossing Kids staff team after volunteering in the Early Childhood ministry for several years. When Jess was at Mizzou, she began attending The Crossing. She married her husband, Eric, in 2007. They have four sons — one of whom they adopted from Ethiopia in 2014.Jess oversees the programming, volunteers, and interns for the Early Childhood ministry in Crossing Kids. She has always had a heart for little ones and enjoys using her organizational skills and love for Jesus while building relationships with volunteers and families.
Creative Arts Co-Director
Kristin was born and raised in Columbia. She began attending The Crossing as a high school student and became involved with the preschool and elementary large group teams while studying theatre at Stephens College. Through many years of serving in Crossing Kids, including three years as an intern, it became clear that Kristin had a heart for children’s ministry. After marrying her husband, Dustin, in May of 2014, she left the world of theatre and dance to join the Crossing Kids team full-time in January of 2015.As the Early Childhood Programming Director, Kristin oversees the preschool and little ones’ teaching and worship teams, assists with family events, and creates early childhood curriculum. She loves leading worship and being involved in family events.
Agape Director for Crossing Kids
Megann joined the Crossing Kids staff team full-time in 2021 after volunteering in several different areas of the ministry since 2012. Megann graduated from Mizzou in 2016 with a Bachelor of Health Science, and in 2018 with a master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Megann oversees the Agape ministry for Crossing Kids, but works closely with other teams around the church to help ensure inclusion and accessibility for all individuals throughout the spaces and places they encounter during their time at the Crossing. Megann’s favorite aspect of her role at the Crossing is getting the opportunity to help make space for individuals and families of children with disabilities to rest and know they are cared for and welcomed at The Crossing.
Claire has attended The Crossing since 2003 and has served in Crossing Kids using her theatrical skills in several areas. She loves using her creative theatre degree to work with family events and as the Elementary Programming Director where she oversees the large group time and worship bands that rock out with the Kindergarten- 5thgraders.
Attending the Crossing since 2005, Carissa and her husband, Nick, have served in a variety of ministries, and have been hugely blessed by the ministry of Crossing Kids in the lives of their 3 young children. Carissa is excited to use her background in events and her new found understanding of children to help families grow in their love of Jesus and each other through celebrations and family events.*part time
Laura leads our Family Events Team for Crossing Kids where she helps plan Fall Fest, the Family Dinner Exchange, Kids Club, and our Christmas and Easter celebrations. Laura grew up in Iowa and came to Columbia in 2002 to attend Mizzou where she received a BA in Communication and a MEd in Counseling Psychology. She is married to Ryan and after years of working as a college advisor she now stays home with their three children, Piper, Davis and Rhett.