CrossPoint Alliance Church is ultimately under the authority of the Lord Jesus Christ. Under His authority the congregation selects Elders to serve as the spiritual leaders of the church. They provide spiritual care and leadership both in a personal and corporate sense. The Senior Pastor serves as the chairman of the Elders and is accountable to them for his role. All other pastoral staff are elders equal to those chosen by the congregation.
Pastor David Yoder and his wife Natanya were married in 2002 and their children are Levi, Uri, Christian, Clare, William, and Angel. Pastor David’s life verse is Malachi 2:5-6. He has lived in the area 3 years and came to CrossPoint “through some marvelous circumstances, the Lord led my family to CrossPoint in Dec. 2018. We looked at this wonderful church and really felt the Lord leading us here. This church knows how to love children. This mattered to us. Additionally, we needed to be closer to my parents who live in Mansfield.”
“I like to work with wood in my spare time, of which I have virtually none! I’m anticipating a little more time opening up as the kids begin to launch into their respective callings.
How long have you lived in the area?
I’ve lived in the Greater Akron area my whole life
Other Ministry Engagement (beyond Staff role):
I lead our Digital Production (Tech team) and am involved with young adults group and youth group
I am on staff at the church and self-employed
Life Verse :
Why you began attending CrossPoint:
I began attending Crosspoint back in the spring of 2021, initially just to visit. After a few months, my finance (at the time) and I decided that God was calling us to CPAC and made the decision to attend and become members. Our favorite thing about CrossPoint was the sense of community and welcome
that we received from everyone, young or old, staff or members, we felt belonging very quickly.
What you like to do in your spare time:
In my free time I like to work and play with technology, sound equipment/music, travel, and spend time with my my fiance (wife as of May 7th) and family.
Bruce Lyman married his lovely wife Jean in 1986 and they have three beautiful children Daniel 34, Carrie 32, and Caleb 30. They also have two adorable grandchildren. They moved to the area 16 years ago where they found CrossPoint’s Youth group was exactly what their then teenagers needed.
Aside from being an Elder at the church Bruce is also Pastor of International Ministries and Founder/Director of Great Commission ESL. His life verse is Ephesians 3:20.
In his spare time Bruce loves camping and carpentry.
Kerry Lawrence and her husband Keith have lived in the area for many years, but Kerry is originally from Belmont, California in the San Francisco Bay Area. They have been a part of CrossPoint for over 30 years. They have 2 adult children, Cory and Ashley, who also live in the Akron area, so she and Keith enjoy the blessing of spending plenty of time with family, including their delightful grandkids. Kerry also enjoys her involvement with the ESL ministry, and gardening in the summertime.
Corryn & Robert Wright-Stasko were married in 1996, have lived in the area for about 16 years, and have 3 adult sons: Kristofer, Jared, & Quinn. In addition to serving as CrossPoint’s Administrative Assistant, Corryn is Prayer Ministry Leader, and enjoys baking and photography in her free time. “We were drawn to CrossPoint & the Christian and Missionary Alliance because the Great Commission is inherent in its name. We enjoyed how passionate they were about equipping people for Ministry and to ‘go and make disciples’.”
Tom and Jackie Brennan married in 1989 and have been members at Crosspoint for 25 years. Tom works as a consultant and aside from being an elder at our church he also serves on the board for the group Meeting God in Missions. His life verse is proverbs 4:23.
Tom also enjoys hiking, biking, golf, and spending time with his family, including his oldest son Ryan and daughter-in-law Sarah and their two children, his daughter Sarah, son Christopher and youngest son Daniel.
Joe and Janet Paul have been married since 1988 and have 3 adult children: Joe, Jordan, & Jenna. Joe Paul is an Elder at CrossPoint and began attending because it was a great place for the kids. Joe is an accountant, and his life verse is Proverbs 3:6.
In his spare time, Joe loves to be with his best friend, Janet. He also likes to be with friends and family, enjoy the outdoors, boating, reading, driving the speed limit in the Corvette, exercise, and otherwise relaxing.
Jerry Cowley and his wife Linda were married in 1991 and have two beautiful daughters, Madison 21 and Morgan 18. Jerry and his family have lived in the area since 1996. They began attending Crosspoint in 2006 after attending a short-term missions trip to the Dominican Republic, sponsored by the church. Jerry owns a painting contract business. He is an Elder at Crosspoint, is also on the Worship Team, and participates in a small group. Jerry enjoys walks with his wife and their dog, playing music, and golf.