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 5 grandchildren. Their daughter Lindsay is on CrossWay's worship team.
You can reach Pastor Mike at (215) 675-1773 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Favorite Bible Verse
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven”
Pastor Veronne Carter, Lic., Assistant Pastor of Outreach and Assimilation
Born in Brooklyn, NY, Veronne Carter accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of 18, and saw God deliver him from low self-esteem, and a trivial pursuit of fortune, fame and worldly pleasures
Pastor Veronne spent several years in Nashville, TN pursuing a career in the Christian music industry until life spiraled out of control, leading him to relocate to Atlanta, GA, and ultimately to Pennsylvania in 2005. Pastor Veronne found strength in Christ to lay down his own will and pursuits, and totally trust God for restoration and direction. Pastor Veronne was ordained as a minister in 2009 at a local area church. In 2012, the Lord led him to CrossWay Community Church where God used Pastor Mike to confirm the call that was prophesized to Pastor Veronne over 10 years prior. Under the leadership and mentorship of Pastor Mike, Pastor Veronne pursued and received his ministerial license in 2013, and is currently pursuing his ordination through the Wesleyan Church.
Prior to his ministry at CrossWay, Pastor Veronne spent over 9 years working in youth ministry as either a leader or director, over 5 years in performing arts ministry, and over 5 years as a teacher and leader in children’s ministry. Pastor Veronne is also actively involved in various community organizations in and around the Hatboro area – looking at each involvement as an opportunity to share the good news and love of Jesus to the world.
He and his wife Vonetta enjoy raising their 8 children. Vonetta is currently the director of CrossWay’s Prayer Ministry. In addition to being the Assistant Pastor of Outreach and Assimilation, Pastor Veronne oversees the team of directors who lead ministry to children, and teens, as well as the Café/Greeter Ministry.
You can reach Pastor Veronne at (215) 675-1773 or via email at email@example.com
Favorite Bible Verse
"Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”
Rev 3:20 (NIV)
Rev. David Smith, Assistant Pastor of Pastoral Care and Global Missions
Pastor David Smith was converted to Christianity as a university student in Munich, Germany after hearing a short gospel presentation from another student. He was led into the ministry and while studying at Asbury College in Kentucky, he learned about missions. He was so influenced by what he heard that he asked God to let him take the gospel to a place that had never heard it before. While awaiting God's answer, Pastor Dave pastored a circuit of four United Methodist churches in Ohio while his wife Linda taught third grade. Eventually, God led Pastor Dave and Linda to become missionaries for WEC International in West Africa. They went to the eastern half of Guinea-Bissau where they served in a primarily Muslim community from 1976-1980. Remarkably, Pastor Dave and Linda were able to plant four Christian churches in four years in this primarily Muslim area.
After returning to America to serve at the WEC International USA headquarters, Pastor Dave and Linda joined CrossWay Community Church (then First Wesleyan Church), serving in many support roles. They have been members members since 1980. More than anything else, Pastor Dave and Linda desire to see people come into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and fall deeply in love with God. They see their role at CrossWay as encouragers. Many in our congregation would wholeheartedly agree. Pastor Dave serves as CrossWay's IMAP Global Parters Director.
Pastor Dave and his wife Linda still live and work at the WEC International USA headquarters in Fort Washington, PA. Dave works as the Facilities Manager and Director of the New Building Program. Linda serves as the English School Director and the kitchen manager. Married in 1972, they have 2 children and 3 grandchildren. Their daughter Becky and her husband Tim are also active in various support roles at CrossWay Community Church.
You can reach Pastor Dave at (215) 675-1773 or via email 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 Office Manger.
Laurel and her husband Dave live in Hatboro, PA, with their 5 children, ranging in ages from 22 to 8 years old and have 1 grandson. Their son, T.J. Moore, plays guitar and drums for the worship team and leads Worship for CR on Monday evenings. Laurel and Dave currently serve in the Café/Greeters Ministry and Dave helps out wherever the need may be in the church. 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.
Sharon Curtis, Church Treasurer/Accountant
You can reach Sharon at (215) 675-1773 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Becky Hallberg, LBA Vice Chairman
You can reach Becky at (215) 675-1773 or via email at email@example.com
Jeff North, C-4 Committee Chairman
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Charles Jarvis, Head Trustee
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Veronne Carter, Director of Children and Youth Ministry
You can reach Veronne 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
Veronne Carter, Director of Children and Youth Ministry (Nursery)
You can reach Andrea at (215) 675-1773 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Page & Luisa Villavicencio-Mitchell, Youth Group Leaders
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Heather North, Worship Director
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Fred Jerman, iCare Team Director
You can reach Cathy at (215) 675-1773 or via email at email@example.com
Curt Swanson, LifeGroups Director
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Laurel Rowedder, Social Media Manager
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Curt and Susan Swanson, Social Committee Directors
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Josh Noriega, Celebrate Recovery Director
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Vonetta Carter, Prayer Ministry Director
You can reach Vonetta at (215) 675-1773 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave Rowedder, Hospitality Ministry Director
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
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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