Director of Operations
Jim and his wife, Kasey, joined The Crossing in 2002. After serving in various volunteer positions, as well as an elder, Jim joined the staff as Director of Operations in 2007. Jim received a PhD in organizational psychology, which he used in Human Resources to improve how companies hire employees. His passion is for the day to day operations of the church to run in such a way that they help enable vibrant ministry.
Assistant Director of Operations
Originally from Kansas City, Chris attended Central Methodist College before working at Landmark Bank for over 13 years in the IT department. Chris joined the staff at The Crossing in 2011. He loves working at The Crossing since it is the church where he became a Christian (while taking the Discovery Class). Chris started at The Crossing as the Director of IT and moved into his current role in 2015. As Assistant Director of Operations, he oversees most of the Operations Team staff, works on special projects, and just tries to get things done.
Associate Director of Operations
Christian was born and raised in Liberty, MO. She attended Mizzou and after graduating with her degrees in Sport Management, Marketing and Sales, she worked at the ABC Broadcast Affiliate, ABC17 in Columbia, MO. Christian married her high school sweetheart, Andrew in 2015. Andrew and Christian have two children, their son Graham and their daughter, Callahan. Andrew and Christian enjoy serving at The Crossing in the Crossing Twenties ministry as small group leaders. As the Associate Director of Operations, Christian manages the Daily Operations Team including our Ops on Duty and Front Desk teams. She is in charge of the operating details and logistics of weekday operations and Sunday operations. Christian is excited and passionate about making the experience people have when visiting our facilities one that is seamless and inviting to allow them to learn more about Jesus!
Systems & Software Manager
Cody Melton joined The Crossing’s Ops team in the Fall of 2019. While attending Northwest Missouri State University Cody earned a bachelor's in Management Information Systems and an MBA in IT Management. After graduating he and his wife Lydia got married and decided to move to Columbia and founded Gunter Hans. He currently serves as the Software & Systems Manager.
Andrew was born and raised in Columbia. He met his wife Wendy while she attended the University of Missouri. After a career with the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department and working part-time for The Crossing, Andrew retired from the city and came on full-time at the church in 2015.Andrew oversees the building and grounds maintenance at The Crossing. Spending time keeping the facility looking like the day it opened provides him with ample work, and being able to spend time outdoors while “working” is an added bonus.
Andrew graduated from the University of Missouri in 2013 with a degree in Spanish Language and Literature and a minor in Luso-Brazilian Studies before joining The Crossing team in 2015. Alongside his wife Alexa, he enjoys exercising, learning about nutrition and food science, and spending time with his two dogs, Kota and Brody. As the Events Director, he manages the event planning process and oversees the after-hour ops support staff team.
Courtney began attending The Crossing in 2008 where she got involved volunteering with Crossing Kids. She interned with Crossing Kids for many years in high school and college and also worked as part-time IT staff for The Crossing. Courtney graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in IT and promptly moved west. She has created applications to support everything from start-up companies to government agencies. Courtney hopes to be able to create new applications that can support the ministry teams and looks forward to learning new things and solving problems every day.
Treasurer (Executive Team Member)
Elaine is the BKD Distinguished Professor at the University of Missouri in the School of Accountancy. She teaches Auditing Internal Controls and a doctoral seminar introducing accounting research to first year students. She conducts research in auditing, corporate governance, and internal controls. She earned her PhD from the University of Nebraska in 1997. She is married with two married daughters, and four grandchildren.
Database Project Manager
Jordan grew up in St. Joseph, MO where he started dating his wife Sarah their senior year of High School. Jordan moved to Columbia in 2012 for his undergrad at Mizzou and started attending The Crossing that fall. After graduating from Mizzou with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Jordan worked in Jeff City for 4 years before joining the database team at The Crossing in the summer of 2021. Jordan enjoys working on challenging problems and using his technical skills to help ministries at the church.
Front Office Operations
Kay Fitzpatrick is the Director of Office Operations and Hospitality. She joined The Crossing in 2009, with over twenty years of administrative experience in the public and private sectors. Her duties include human resource administration, office logistics, general building aesthetics, hospitality, and the Welcome Team.
Steve was born and raised in Boone County and graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Marketing. Steve has been a professional tech/entrepreneur/geek since graduating from Mizzou. He served as a volunteer on the setup crew and as an usher before joining the staff as IT Manager in 2015.
After living nearly all her life in Nebraska, Tanya married her high school sweetheart, and moved to Columbia for a job opportunity. She is thankful for their two children who make her laugh and, at times, shake her head. It was shortly after moving to Columbia and discovering The Crossing that she felt God working in her heart, and she began to better understand the gift of salvation through Jesus’ death on the cross. Tanya enjoys creating order out of chaos, be it pieces of fabric coming together into a quilt, photos and paper becoming a scrapbook, or various ingredients turning into a meal. This urge to have some sense of order plays well in her role on the operations team.*part-time
Originally from Centralia, Tim, his wife, Kim, and their 2 daughters have been members of The Crossing since 2007. Tim and his family began serving in Crossing Kids in 2008, and eventually moved to the registration team. In 2014, Tim began volunteering with the new construction project. As that came to a finish, he joined the staff in 2015.Tim serves as the Operations Specialist at The Crossing. He is responsible for work on special operations projects, building maintenance, assisting with the setup and operation of church and special events.
Hospitality & Front Office
Velma began attending The Crossing February 2016, and is currently serving as a team leader in her classroom for Crossing Kids. Velma enjoys reading, working out, and Chiefs football. She is truly passionate about serving her community and has a long-term goal of opening a women’s and children’s shelter.
Wendy and her husband, Andrew, were among the founding members of The Crossing and have volunteered at the church since its inception. She joined the staff full-time in 2008 and is responsible for building and other operational tasks.