Pastor, Director of Crossing Students
Originally from Kansas City, Jeff has lived in Columbia since graduating from Mizzou in 2010. He spent the first four years of his working life in the professional world while serving as a volunteer in Crossing Students. In 2015, he joined the Crossing Students team in a full-time role to work with high school students. After completing a Master of Divinity from Covenant Seminary in 2020, he began serving as the pastor in Crossing Students. He and his wife, Jessi, have three children: Audrey, Ellis, and Hensley.
Middle School Co-Director
Anna West grew up in both Missouri and Connecticut, moving between the two states throughout her upbringing. She moved to Columbia in 2015 for college. During her college years at the University of Missouri, she attended The Crossing and began leading an 8th-grade girl's small group with Crossing Middle School. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Middle School Education (emphasis in Social Studies and English). Now, Anna is the Middle School Co-Director for Crossing Students. Her role is to help 6-8th graders grow in their relationships with Jesus through teaching on Sundays, writing small group curriculum, and planning events.
Agape Students & Adults Director
Originally from Kansas City, Kari moved to Columbia in 2007 for school and quickly claimed Columbia as her home. Throughout college, she served in Crossing Kids and the Agape program while completing a master's degree in Special Education and Applied Behavior Analysis. She worked as a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst before joining the Agape and Crossing Students team. Kari and her husband Jordan share life with their 3 little people: Maelyn, Daxton and Hudson.
Crossing Students Operations
Laura grew up in Wheaton, Illinois and moved to Columbia in 2012 for college. During her college years at University of Missouri, she started attending The Crossing and became involved in middle school ministry by leading a 7th grade small group. In 2015, she took on the role of Middle School Co-Director for Crossing Students. In 2020, she transitioned to the role of Operations Developer for Crossing Students and coordinates weekly & monthly events for the high school & middle school ministries, Camp Awesome & Rockies and manages other administrative tasks for Crossing Students. Laura loves spending time with her husband, Luke, time outdoors, reading and cooking new recipes.