Stephanie began serving as Pastor of Crossroads Church in September 2015. She was drawn to Crossroads when she discovered that she and the church had a shared vision of community – one that is loving, inclusive, ecumenical, diverse, and social justice minded. She is thankful every day to be in community with folks who are willing to ask hard questions, to search themselves, and to endeavor to live more deeply into these shared values within both the church and the larger community.
Prior to coming to Crossroads, Stephanie served as the Pastor of First Baptist Church in Smithville, Missouri and as the Minister of Congregational Life at Emerywood Baptist Church in High Point, North Carolina. She holds a Master of Divinity from Wake Forest University School of Divinity (Winston-Salem, NC) and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from William Jewell College (Liberty, MO).
Stephanie met her husband, Charles Smith, at William Jewell and they were married at Second Baptist Church in Liberty where Charles now serves as the Associate Pastor for Students. They have three children, big brother Finn and twins, Asher and Eleanor. Their family life is full of joy and chaos!
Beth & Norm Cotton
Children's Coordinator & Custodian
Beth and Norm have lived in the Waldo neighborhood for almost 20 years and have attended Crossroads Church since 2009. They have two sons that they love going on adventures with. Beth works as the Children’s Coordinator and Norm as the Custodian at Crossroads. When not at Crossroads Beth works as a Lactation Consultant at Shawnee Mission Medical Center. They were drawn to Crossroads’ warm and welcoming atmosphere and are grateful to be part of this community.
Aaron has served in youth ministry for the last nine years and is excited to work in a church that is diverse, inclusive, and social-justice-minded. He grew up in Texas but has now lived in the Kansas City metro area since 2013. Aaron met his wife in college and then together they attended Fuller Theological Seminary where they each earned a degree in Cross-Cultural Studies. His wife Andrea is also a youth minister, and they have two awesome kids: Zoe and Micah. Their family life is full of excitement and a little bit of chaos and they wouldn’t have it any other way.
Diane attends to Crossroads communications by producing the bulletin each week and overseeing Church Updates, the church calendar, and correspondence. In other parts of her life, she has worked in hospice since 2003, has a pride-and-joy son who lives in Lawrence, and abides with two cats. Her life is enhanced by rich friendships, writing, and drumming.
In addition to loving Jesus and her community at Crossroads, Marty loves accounting, playing piano, and singing with the congregation (and maybe a few trees). Her children and grandchildren bring her so many joyful and enriching experiences and teach her so much about love, generosity, and things about which to be curious!