Meet our staff


  • John Pickens - Pastor of Ministry Advancement

    As the pastor of ministry advancement, I oversee day-to-day operations at Crossbridge. I’m married to Naomi and we have three kiddos that are full of life! I enjoy watching football, remodeling, eating BBQ, and spending time outdoors.  


    john@crossbridge.church

  • Sherry Stevenson - Pastor of Connection and Care

    As the pastor of connection and care at Crossbridge Community Church, my primary responsibility is helping others connect with God and each other through groups. It is exciting to see God move in people's lives and in our community. My husband, Ray, and I have four children and four grandchildren. I love to walk, enjoy flower gardens, reading and baking. 


    sherry@crossbridge.church

  • Tricia Jackson - Celebrate recovery Pastor

    As the Celebrate Recovery Pastor, my responsibilities include overseeing the CR Ministry and connecting hurting, broken people to Jesus. I am privileged to be able to love people right where they are, just as they are and walk alongside them on their journey of recovery. My husband Joe and I have been married for 16 years and we have 3 wonderful kids. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, reading and a good cup of coffee.


    tricia@crossbridge.church

  • Galen Ryman - Youth & Family Pastor

    As the Youth and Family Pastor at Crossbridge Community Church, my primary responsibilities include overseeing the Student Ministries across both our campuses, equipping amazing people to love students, and partnering with parents as they influence their students for Jesus. My wife, Justean, and I have been married for four years and have a baby girl named Lillian. We love coffee, hiking, and reading. I also enjoy Mountain Dew, Chinese food, and playing and watching sports. I am blessed to be part of Crossbridge and partner with others to see our students love God and love others.


    galen@crossbridge.church

  • Rachel Donoho - Children & family Director

    As the Director of the Children and Family Ministry Team it is my responsibility to develop and equip volunteers to share the love of God to His precious children. Our team has members of all ages and generations that serve to provide a loving and safe environment each week in Ottawa and Peru. We hope to provide families the opportunities to Reach, Grow and Go together to make an impact in the Illinois Valley. In my spare time I taxi two very busy children, and love to do anything active and outside.


    rachel@crossbridge.church

  • ALLISON APPEL - feed his children director

    As the Feed His Children Director, I oversee the Feed His Children program for all campuses. We currently serve 21 schools and over 300 kids a month. I have always had a passion for helping others and organizing community outreach programs, so this is a perfect fit for me. My husband, Ben, and I live in Ottawa with our 3 children. I enjoy singing, exercising, and blessing others as God gives me the opportunities to do so. 


    allison@crossbridge.church

  • Kara Anne Miller - Worship & Arts pastor

    As Worship & Arts Director at Crossbridge, my primary responsibility is to oversee the worship across both of our campuses. My husband, Kyle, is the Tech Director at Crossbridge, and we have been married since May 2016. We love working hand in hand with each other to cultivate meaningful times of worship each weekend. I graduated in May 2016 with a degree in Christian Education and a minor in Business. I am currently pursuing my Master's in Christian Ministry. I enjoy playing with my dog, Miley, eating Mexican food, and watching Alabama football. Roll Tide!


    karaanne@crossbridge.church

  • Kyle Miller - Tech Director

    As the Tech Director at Crossbridge, my responsibilities are to research, implement and maintain the technology useful in today's worship setting. My passion is to help direct people to Christ in new and innovative ways that are relatable. It is an honor to serve in this capacity and I look forward to what each new days holds!


    kyle@crossbridge.church

  • kevin hancock - peru campus pastor

    As the Peru Campus Pastor, my primary responsibilities including giving leadership to the people of Crossbridge-Peru in carrying out God's mission for that community.  I'm driven to see a missional, Christ-like community that's building God's kingdom in Peru, LaSalle, and the greater Illinois Valley. My wife, Sarah, and I have two sons. I enjoy taking walks with my wife, playing basketball with my boys, hanging out with friends, building stuff, and riding my road bike.


    kevinh@crossbridge.church

  • kara anderson - peru youth director

    I, along with my husband, Mike, are the Peru Youth Directors. Our primary responsibilities include equipping leaders to join us in building relationships with students grades 7-12. We work together with parents to influence these students' lives, helping them grow in their own relationships with Jesus Christ. Mike and I have been married 19 years and have two children. On an ordinary day, we can be found teaching junior high students in our area schools. We love summer and enjoy fishing together. Mike spends his free time in his workshop building. I enjoy lounging in the pool with a good book.


    kara@crossbridge.church

  • Haley Harsted - Children's Director, Peru Campus

    As the Peru Campus Director for the Children and Family Ministry Team, it is my responsibility to develop and prepare volunteers to help lead children and families into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. I strive to connect faith to daily life while lending vision and leadership to the Children and Family Ministry Team. I’ve been attending Crossbridge for 10 years and it’s amazing to see the growth and movement! I love that I get to use both of my passions for God and for children. I attend IVCC, working towards my certificate in early childhood education. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, boating, reading, and anything that involves Disney.


    haley@crossbridge.church

  • Jen Billingsley - Worship & Arts Director, Peru Campus

    As the Worship Director of the Peru Campus, my primary responsibility is to oversee worship at our Peru Campus and to help people connect more deeply to God through music. I have been married to Chris since 2005, and we are the parents of two (soon to be three!) busy boys. I love coffee and good friends, and in my spare time I enjoy reading, cooking, baking, and am actively involved in community theater. 


    jen@crossbridge.church

  • brian bullock- morris campus leader

    My wife, Janae, and I have been married two years.  We met at Crossbridge over four years ago.  We love doing CrossFit together and spending time with our two dogs Slate & Phoebe.  I enjoy watching football & baseball -  Go Cubbies! As the Leader of the Morris Campus, I oversee all operations at the campus. My primary goal is to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus. I look forward to people taking their next spiritual steps.


    brian@crossbridge.church

  • Jody Cap - Children's Director, Ottawa Campus

    As the Ottawa Campus Director for the Children & Family Ministry Team, my duties include preparing the curriculum, supplies and materials each week, communicating with our wonderful volunteers to make sure they have all they need to serve and finding great ways to show our children the love of God. My husband, Adam, and I are blessed with two daughters that keep us running most of the time!


    jody@crossbridge.church

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  • Kevin Donoho - Lead Pastor

    As the Lead Pastor at Crossbridge Community Church, my primary responsibilities include preaching, casting vision, and providing overall leadership to Crossbridge Community. My passion is seeing the church be all God hoped it could be. I love leading the church to be a place of hope for all people. My wife Rachel and I have been blessed with two children. I also enjoy watching sports, playing golf, and being a dad. 


    kevin@crossbridge.church