Crossroads does not have a “senior pastor” or “lead pastor.” Crossroads is team-led by its Elder Team, which is currently made up of Teaching Pastor Noah Filipiak and Shepherding Pastor Curt Wright.
In alphabetical order by last name:
Teaching Pastor, Elder
I planted Crossroads back in 2006. I graduated from Cornerstone University in 2004 with a B.S. in youth ministry and Bible and graduated from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary with an M.A. Interdisciplinary in 2009. I was blessed to be raised in a Christian home and accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior at a young age. I’ve seen his faithfulness through the many ups and downs of life and am convinced he is the true path to life for every person on this planet. My deepest passion in ministry is to see people enter into this saving relationship with Jesus Christ. My aim as a leader is to create a church where anyone, from any walk of life, can come to church and relate and meet Jesus. I’m also passionate about Crossroads becoming a multiracial church, as well as transforming Lansing’s urban areas with the Gospel on a holistic level. I live in an impoverished neighborhood and spend a lot of time there as an urban missionary. I blog at AtACrossroads.net where I tackle difficult and controversial subjects that keep people from Jesus.
Children’s Ministry Director
I grew up in New Jersey and went to college in Pennsylvania. I have an undergraduate degree in Library Science with an emphasis in K-12 schools. My graduate degree is in Educational Media. I have worked at Potterville Public Schools since 1988 and have just retired. I am a widow. I have two wonderful kids (and their spouses) through whom God has truly blessed me. Jared and Hannah Green (plus wonderful grandkids Levi and Lauren) and my daughter Megan Doolittle (with grandson Edward) attend Crossroads. Since my kids were born, I have been active in nursery ministries, Sunday School , Awana and vacation Bible school programs. Before I came to Crossroads, we attended DeWitt Community Church and South Church here in Lansing. I have been teaching inductive Bible studies (Precept Ministries) for the last 10 years. My passion for the children’s ministry is that children know the truth of the Bible and become familiar with its stories and people.
I grew up in Northeast Oklahoma and went to school at the University of Oklahoma where I majored in Architecture and Construction. After graduation I promptly went into the ministry (that makes perfect sense right)? I came to Michigan in 1998 where I was a campus minister at Michigan State. There I met my wife Sara and settled in Lansing. I have previously been the Senior Pastor of a church for 8 years, done mission work and have planted a church myself. I am excited for this season of my life where I am serving at Crossroads and hope to be used of God to grow his Church and help us move forward in faith.
Odd Fact about me: I am obsessed with Sonic restaurants…
I am Detroit native raised on the northwest side of the city. I grew up in a urban community surrounded by drugs, violence, poverty, and complete brokenness. Early in my childhood I knew that I wanted to serve the younger generation after witnessing many of my friends being torn apart by the woes of the city. At the age of 19 I gave my life to Christ and began serving the youth at my local church. During this time the Lord made my heart tender for evangelism and discipleship while living in the city. I am also passionate about Hip Hop and using the musical gifts the Lord has given me for his glory. I will be attending Grand Rapids Theological Seminary in the fall to further my college education which initially started at Wayne State University. I am thankful for my beautiful wife Alexandria for walking with me throughout the years and her complete support to follow the Lords call here in Lansing. I am very excited to labor alongside my brothers and sisters at Crossroads Church while witnessing Gospel transformation in the urban context.
Shepherding Pastor & Music Minister, Elder
I graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2007 and moved to Altoona, Pennsylvania where I worked with the Coalition for Christian Outreach campus ministry organization. I’m currently enrolled in Grand Rapids Theological Seminary’s Urban Cohort. While doing full time campus ministry at Penn State Altoona University I obtained a graduate degree from Geneva College in Higher Education. In 2011 I moved back home to Michigan where I could not have been more excited to be hired by Crossroads Church to be the Praise and Worship music leader. In addition, since moving home I have experience working in Children’s Protective Services for the State of Michigan which gave me perspective on our broken world that I did not expect. As a result of that perspective, I have see the need for the church in a new way. Since 2013 I have been confirmed as an elder at Crossroads and work full time as a Shepherding Pastor and Worship Leader. My specific passions are articulating and encouraging people to understand that God cares about all of his creation and is going to redeem and reconcile all things to Himself i.e. teaching a Biblical worldview that is holistic and makes sense. Included in this vision for life I am specifically passionate about racial reconciliation, evangelism, and of course music! I am blessed to have the support of my wife Alicia in ministry and I truly love and feel called to our church community.