Meet The Staff!
Favorite Bible Verse
“. . . I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people... I didn't take on their way of life. I kept my bearings in Christ—but I entered their world and tried to experience things from their point of view.... I did all this because of the Message. I didn't just want to talk about it; I wanted to be in on it!”
1 Cor 9:19b-23
Rev. Michael Saunders, Senior Pastor
Born in Eastern Canada into a Christian home, Pastor Mike began a career in policing in 1981 and served in Vancouver, British Columbia, Fredericton, New Brunswick and Sussex, New Brunswick (all Canadian Cities) as a police officer until 1994. (14 years)
The Lord called Pastor Mike into ministry through his working as a lay youth pastor at his home church in Fredericton N.B. As a result of this call and deep desire to serve the Lord and reach the lost, Pastor Mike resigned from policing in 1994 and entered Bethany Bible College to pursue a degree in Pastoral Ministries. So began the long road to ordination. Pastor Mike continued his educational pursuits taking courses at Indiana Wesleyan University, Houghton College and Dalhousie University. Pastor Mike was ordained in the Wesleyan Church at the Penn-Jersey District Conference in July, 2000.
Pastor Mike’s first ministry position was as youth pastor at Warsaw Wesleyan Church, (Warsaw, Indiana). He served there for 3 years. Pastor Mike also pastored three other Wesleyan churches, (Plattsburg, NY, Stroudsburg, PA, and Willow Grove, PA) before resigning from ministry in 2006 to return home to be with his ailing father in Canada. There, Mike resumed his career as a police officer in 2006, working as a Major Crime Detective. After two years in policing, Pastor Mike felt God calling him to return to ministry and went to pastor a church in Bridgeton, NJ. In 2010, God led Pastor Mike back to CrossWay Community Church in Willow Grove, PA where he is currently serving as Senior Pastor.
Pastor Mike and his wife Diane, have 3 children and 6 grandchildren.
You can reach Pastor Mike at (215) 675-1773 or via email at email@example.com
To hear Pastor Mike's sermons online, click here. You'll be able to hear them as an MP3 file or via a podcast in iTunes.
Favorite Bible Verse
"For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
Ephesians 2:8-10 (NASB)
Steve Rau, Assistant Pastor, Children and Youth
Steve was raised in a Christian home in Lancaster County, PA. He was given a passion for music and studied at Indiana University of PA where he met his wife, Amy, and graduated with a music education degree. During student teaching he felt the call of God strongly for full time ministry. After one year of public school teaching, he joined the youth staff at Family Life Ministries in Upstate NY as an at-home missionary where he served for 9 years planning big events for area church youth groups to come together and hear the story of the Gospel.
He started the process towards ordination in the Wesleyan church in 2008. In 2009 God made it clear to move to back to PA where Steve became the program director for Pinebrook Bible Conference in Stroudsburg, PA. During this time the Raus attended Stroudsburg Wesleyan Church and led children’s ministry during summer camps at Pinebrook.
In late 2011 Steve’s position was dissolved at the camp due to financial reasons and he joined Stroudsburg Wesleyan Church’s staff as the youth director. He led the youth, helped lead the worship ministry, and headed up the technical arts.
Once again, the Spirit of God was making it clear that He had something else in mind for the Rau’s ministry and in January 2015 while praying for direction and healing from past struggles, they met Pastor Mike and Diane at a pastor’s conference. Pastor Mike said, “We are looking for an assistant pastor,” and Steve said, “We are looking to BE someone’s assistant pastor,” and that began the Rau’s journey to join the CrossWay family!
Steve sings tenor, plays drums, enjoys helping people with their finances, loves Philly sports and marching band, and enjoys playing golf and softball. He is slated to become ordained in September of 2016. He is Dad to pretty pre-teens, Hannah and Emily, and has learned of God’s faithfulness over the years. Where He guides, He provides.
You can reach Pastor Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org
Favorite Bible Verse
"I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.”
Phil 1:6 (NIV)
Laurel Rowedder, Office Manager
Laurel grew up in Willow Grove and graduated from Upper Moreland High School in 1987. After some years of being home with her children, Laurel realized something was missing in her life and began to search. Laurel enrolled her son T.J. in Seedlings Nursery School (held in the First Wesleyan Church). Feeling a connection and realizing her passion to teach children, Laurel acquired a part-time position as an Aide for Seedlings. Pastor Mike encouraged Laurel to attend services and shortly thereafter she accepted Christ as her personal Savior, was baptized and felt the need to continue to serve in ministry. Laurel moved up to obtain the position of Director for Seedlings and Secretary for the First Wesleyan Church and served for 5 years. In 2006, during a Pastoral change in the church, Laurel acquired a full-time position with a Christian based company, Lakeside Educational Network, as an Administrative Assistant. After working 7 years full-time at Lakeside, Laurel began to feel the need to spend more time with her family and God was leading her back to her church to serve in ministry there. In May, 2013, Laurel accepted the position of CrossWay Community Church Business Manager.
Laurel and her husband Dave live in Hatboro, PA, with their 5 children, ranging in ages from 24 to 11 years old and have 1 grandson. Their son, T.J. Moore, plays guitar and drums for the worship team. Dave and Laurel feel a strong commitment to CrossWay Community Church and strive to serve their church family and the surrounding community.
You can reach Laurel in the office from 9am to 3pm at (215) 675-1773 or via email at email@example.com.
Favorite Bible Verse "And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." Eph. 3:17-19 (NIV)
Susan Swanson, Administrative Assistant
Susan Swanson grew up in Warrington and graduated from C.B. West in 1998. Susan has attended CrossWay Community Church her entire life and is where she married and is now raising her children. After being a stay at home mom for almost nine years she decided to take a position as Administrative Assistant for CrossWay. Susan has previously worked for Veith Law Firm and does some wedding and party planning on the side. CrossWay is her home and where her heart is. It is her desire to see continued growth by supporting ministry however she can and that everyone who attends CrossWay will feel welcome.
Susan and her husband Curt just purchased their first home in 2013 and live in Chalfont, PA with their two young boys, Luke and Bryce. Susan and Curt currently serve on the worship team and as LifeGroup leaders and enjoy serving wherever they might be needed. Susan also loves opening her home to friends and family and hosting meals and gatherings.
You can reach Susan Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9:15am to 3pm at (215) 675-1773 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Ministry Leaders
Christina Scurry, LBA Vice Chairman
You can reach Christina at (215) 675-1773 or via email at email@example.com
Jeff North, SEVC (Stratigic Executive Vision Committee) Chairman
You can reach Jeff at (215) 675-1773 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Charles Jarvis, Head Trustee
You can reach Charlie at (215) 675-1773 or via email at email@example.com
Susan Swanson, Director of Children's Ministry
You can reach Susan at (215) 675-1773 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brenda Zimmerman, CrossWay Kidz & VBS (Mid-week Children's Programs) Director
You can reach Brenda at (215) 675-1773 or via email at email@example.com
Jeff Page, Director of Youth Ministry
You can reach Jeff at (215) 675-1773 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fred Jerman, iCare Team Director
You can reach Cathy at (215) 675-1773 or via email at email@example.com
Laurel Rowedder, Communications/Social Media Director
You can reach Laurel at (215) 675-1773 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Page, Celebrate Recovery Leader & Wendy Noriega, Celebrate Recovery Leader
You can reach Jeff and/or Wendy at (215) 675-1773 or via email at email@example.com.
Diane Saunders, Prayer and Congregational Care Director
You can reach Diane at (215) 675-1773 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stan and Helen Karol, Hospitality Ministry Directors and Congregation Assimilation Directors
Please contact the office (215) 675-1773 or via email at email@example.com
Luisa Villavicencio-Mitchell, Spanish Ministry Director
You can reach Luisa at (215) 675-1773 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Service and Event Times
SATURDAY: 6pm, SUNDAYS: 9am & 10:45am Sunday Services
MONDAYS: 5:30pm Prayer Meeting | 7:00pm Celebrate Recovery
WEDNESDAYS: 6:30pm CrossWay Kidz | 6:30pm Youth Group
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