I am the lead preacher and also handle teaching new members and leading small groups. I have been at Cross Point since 2014. Previously, I was a youth pastor for over eight years. Kentucky Christian University is where I received my bachelor degree. My Masters degree is from Cincinnati Christian University.
A native of Columbus, I believe it is the only place worth living. Some of my favorite things are drinking Dr Pepper, classic cars and being in the yard with my wife, Kristen, and our two daughters.
I have been blessed to work in the office at Cross Point for over 15 years. I graduated from West Virginia Institute of Technology with a business education degree. I have been married to my husband, Mark, for 32 years! We have 2 children, Rachel and Mark, who were raised at Cross Point.
My hobbies include watching classic movies and travel, visiting historical sites! My favorite and most memorable bible verse is John 3:16.
Besides Jesus, I'd like to have lunch with Mary, Jesus' mother, because she represents love, encouragement, and deep faith. She is a true role model to me, as a mother.
I am responsible for helping people navigate to their next step in getting involved. This might include getting questions answered, serving in ministries, finding a small group, discipleship, or finding Jesus. Most likely I’m the guy from whom you might get a call or email.
I have been a part of Cross Point since 2006 serving in many different ways. I also serve as one of our elders. My background includes six years in the U.S. Marines and a BA in Leadership and Ministry from Ohio Christian University. I am currently seeking my MDIV in Practical Ministry at Cincinnati Christian University. I am also a Chaplain Candidate in the U.S. Navy and a police chaplain for the city of Gahanna, OH.
A native of New Orleans, I enjoy fishing and being outdoors with my wife, Pamela, our three daughters and my dogs.
Besides Jesus, I would like to have lunch with Peter. I too grew up loving to fish and I am from a fishing family and community. I also have a problem with charging into situations and making random comments. God has used my talents and failures to boldly stand up for Him and I too now fish for men.
I have attended here since late spring 2005 and have been involved with the worship team since my first Sunday, thanks to an invite from a friend and former Cross Point Worship Leader. I have been on staff part time since the end of 2015.
I am currently back in school pursuing my second bachelors degree, in mathematics, at Ohio State University. Before that I earned a bachelors degree in English at Ohio State and then worked in a call center for a local insurance company for four years.
Music has always been one of my treasures, whether singing, playing or listening. Other activities I enjoy are watching movies, reading, learning, and hanging out with my friends and family.
Besides Jesus, I would like to have lunch with Paul. His zeal for and dedication to Jesus are inspiring, from the use of his Jewish and secular learnings in preaching the gospel to his endurance through all kinds of suffering. It would truly be an enlightening experience to converse with God's voice to the gentiles!
Children's Ministry Director
Children and books have always been a priority to me. Although I graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in English Education and loved teaching English in the Dublin City Schools, once I was able to stay home to raise my kids full-time, I did!
Wanting to find a church close by, we began attending Cross Point in 2015 shortly after we moved to the area and immediately felt welcomed and a part of the CP family. Along with homeschooling my kids (now adults) for four years, I also have over ten years of experience in graphic design and office administration. In my free time, I enjoy hosting friends, experimenting with art, hikes in the woods with my husband, yard work, cleaning, and crafts with my granddaughter.
If I could have lunch with someone from the Bible other than Jesus, I would have to choose Esther, Joseph, or Daniel. All three found themselves in bad situations out of no fault of their own but demonstrated incredible faith in God, making life-risking, courageous choices that saved the lives of their people so they could continue the path to Jesus. I would love to hear their stories first-person and learn how they kept their focus on God in such trials.
Student Ministry Leader
Hey! My name is Drew and I am from Delaware, Ohio. I'm currently a college student attending Mount Vernon Nazarene University. My focus is an intended major in Music & Worship with a minor in Youth Ministries. In my free time, I enjoy playing and watching sports such as football—I love the Pittsburgh Steelers! I also enjoy music, long boarding, and hanging out with friends. The summer before my first semester of college, I was offered the opportunity of being the Student Ministry Leader here at Cross Point. Youth are very important because they are the foundation of the Church. I believe it is important to place a firm foundation of who God is and how important He is in their lives so they can better impact the world. In doing this, my ultimate goal is to encourage students to share their experiences and ultimately share the love of Jesus!
Besides Jesus, I would like to have lunch with Job. Job went through so much in his life. He had a wealthy and abundant life. But, God allowed him to lose his entire family, health, and wealth. He lost everything. In the midst of all of this, Job continued to pray and rely on God despite his circumstances. I would like to ask him what it was like to rely on God 100%. I would also thank him for the encouragement his story brings me when going through difficult times.
My father, Gail R Jacobus was a minister (not at Cross Point) and with my mother Lucille, raised 7 children, which are all now working in various churches in Ohio, Tennessee and North Carolina. My appreciation for the Christian heritage they gave us, taught us, is now fully realized.
My father and mother began attending here when I was very young and I grew up in this church.
Donna, my wife and I have attended here since we returned from our honeymoon in 1983. We have one son, Seth, 24, who currently attends Ohio State University.
I have served the church as a trustee, a deacon and currently as an Elder.
Besides Jesus, I would like to have lunch with ..........
Wow! There are so many; the cool thing is, eventually, we will be able to have lunch with all of them! For now I will say Peter. I relate to Peter in a few ways. Quickly jumping into situations without proper thought but also learning from the mistake, that’s me. Peter’s denial was a huge mistake but he didn’t let it define him. Peter’s example shows how to fully and completely accept forgiveness from Jesus. Put it behind us and get on with the Gospel. A fully forgiven son of God. We can approach the Throne of God with our heads held high, we can approach God with no shame. We are clothed in the righteousness of Christ. It would be nice to share a burger and fries with Peter and says thanks.
I was immersed into Christ on Easter Sunday when I was 14 years old, and have taken my faith in God very seriously since that day. I was raised in Central Illinois and went to Ozark Christian College, where I graduated with a Biblical Literature Degree and also met my wife, Ann. We have two boys, both married, and one grandchild.
When I started in ministry after college I made God a promise — if He put an opportunity in front of me, I would pursue it until He stopped me. I was led to Alaska for my preaching internship; called to London, England for a missions internship; was a youth minister, an associate minister, a radio minister, a forwarding agent, a cremationist, and held one preaching ministry for 17 years. There have been many other things that I wanted to do, but God didn’t allow me to pursue them. Even though I’ve had questions about God’s leading, things have always worked together for good.
I came to Cross Point in the Fall of 2014, having stepped out of the paid ministry in June 2012. If there was ever a time that God led my life, it was the day I walked into the building. (Ask me about it, I would love to share the story!)
Currently, I serve as an Elder, sing on the worship team, lead a small group in our home, teach occasionally in the CPKids program, and help my wife decorate the stage. But my real responsibility is to live a faithful life of service to Jesus, the one who redeems us all.
If I could have lunch with one person other than Jesus, it would be Peter. I am so much like him — we could share war stories for all eternity. But the specific question I would like to ask is this, “What was it like to wake up every day to the sound of a rooster?” The constant reminder of his relationship with Jesus, both the good and the bad, must have been a powerful influence.