About Us

Expanding the kingdom of God in the Treasure Valley and beyond.

Our Vision

As people who have experienced refuge in God, we strive to be a place where broken and hurting people can find a safe space for healing, experience God’s transformative power, and respond to the invitation to partner with Him.

We want to be a church that…

MAJORS ON THE MAJORS AND MINORS ON THE MINORS

Everything starts with Jesus. He is the hero of our stories, not us.

STEPS INTO OUR CALL TO “GO”

We have a human responsibility to partner with Jesus in His mission to share His message of love in our everyday lives.

DOESN’T TRY TO BE THE SMARTEST IN THE ROOM

We believe our preaching needs to be accessible and relatable.

PRACTICES WHAT WE PREACH

Not to be too cliche, but if the Word hasn’t transformed us, how can we expect it to transform anyone else?

IS UNASHAMEDLY REAL

We are not interested in a shiny, polished production, but rather we value authenticity and transparency. We want to be as invitational and as disarming as possible.

STEWARDS HIS CHURCH WELL

The Church belongs to Jesus, not us. He doesn’t have to partner with us, but He chooses to anyway, and that’s pretty amazing!

UNDERSTANDS THAT DISCIPLESHIP IS A PROCESS

Discipleship is the journey we’re all on, and it’s the process of growing in the character and competency of Jesus. We learn to follow His words, ways, and works. He is the one we want to model our lives after, so the journey between now and Heaven is mostly about how we can continue to become more like Him.

DOESN’T SIMPLY APPEAL TO INTELLECT

We want to be sure that we’re not just passing on information about who Jesus is, but conveying how the Gospel is actually capable of changing human hearts. If it’s just knowledge or new information we’re passing along, then we’re doing something wrong.

VALUES INTERGENERATIONAL LEADERS AND RELATIONSHIPS

We know that God can use anyone at any age, and our heart is to create opportunities for everyone to respond in obedience. In doing so, we hope to cultivate a culture that builds up young leaders.

Gathered & Scattered

GATHERED CHURCH

One of the ways our church meets is on Sunday mornings in our two locations (and online). This is when we come together in our largest setting to worship together through music and hear relevant teachings from the Bible.

SCATTERED CHURCH

Church is much more than a Sunday gathering. Real community and connection happen in our homes and in our neighborhoods as we live life together through different ways during the week.

TWO CHURCHES. ONE VISION.

Over the years, we have experimented with multiple church planting models between our Caldwell and Nampa locations to have a greater impact in the Treasure Valley area. While there are countless ways to plant churches, below is a framework we have used to eventually (through prayer, collaboration, and even trial and error) decide on becoming a connectional church.

Dependent Church
  • Requires a healthy, sending church to provide all of the necessary resources to launch
  • Carefully follows the policies and procedures outlined by the sending church
  • Highly centralized; dependent on a central services team from the sending church—usually, this dependence is intended to be permanent
  • Led by Campus Pastor(s) installed by the sending church, usually with careful limitations on both authority and autonomy
  • The sending church drives Sermons, curriculum, and ministry activities; sermon delivery via video is not uncommon
CONNECTIONAL CHURCH
  • Requires a healthy sending church to provide most of the necessary resources to launch
  • Develops its own policies and procedures but initially adopts those used by the sending church
  • Less centralized while working in cooperation with the sending church towards the goal of connectional independence
  • Functions like administration, technology, finance, and communications may be shared by multiple connectional churches
  • Led by Lead Pastor(s) who are commissioned by the sending church often along with a key leadership team
Independent Church
  • Does not require a connection to an existing church
  • Must develop its own policies and procedures, as well as its own governing board
  • Decentralized operation; autonomous and independent
  • All functions are completed by pastoral and ministry staff (and in many cases, volunteers)
  • Led by Senior/Lead Pastor(s), with additional staff onboarded as the church grows

WHAT WE BELIEVE ABOUT…

GOD

  • In the eternally existing Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • In God the Father who concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of man.
  • In Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, in His virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, teachings, His atoning death, resurrection, ascension into heaven, and promise of His personal, visible return to earth and the establishing of His kingdom.
  • In the Holy Spirit and His present ministry of rebirth and renewal as well as the giving of spiritual gifts to each follower of Christ.

HUMANS

  • That both men and women are created in God’s image and are qualified to lead as enabled by the Holy Spirit.
  • That all people have sinned yet are made in the image of God. Only repentance and faith in Christ can restore us into fellowship with God.
  • In the global Church and the living spiritual body, of which Christ is the Head and all regenerated persons are members.

FAITH

  • In the Bible as the fully inspired Word of God, the only infallible rule for faith and practice.
  • In Water Baptism and Communion as a means of grace from God to us.
  • In the “Apostles’ Creed” as the fundamental facts of Christian faith and the historic orthodox creeds of the church.

Meet the Crossroads team

A NOTE ON LEADERSHIP

Before introducing you to our team, we want you to know we believe leadership is about everyday people using their gifts and calling to make an impact on people’s lives in both small and large group settings inside and outside the church. Men and women lead in every aspect of ministry at Crossroads, and we do so through a team approach, collaborating in concert with one another’s unique gifting in accordance with Ephesians 4:11-13 (Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, Shepherd, Teacher).

Additionally, some of our staff leaders submit to a process of ordination resulting in a role of spiritual oversight that focuses on ensuring the overall health of the body of Christ.

Michael Ansley

Tech Assistant

Rachel Bear

Director of Preschool Ministry

Niki Black

Facilities Director

Jim Bridgeman

Director of Maintenance

Kristin Brown

Director of High School Ministries

Ryan Brown

Pastor of Youth Ministries

Julia Buendia

Director of Communications

Krystal Burke

Office Coordinator

Debbie Eshelman

Associate Pastor

Rebecca Freiburghaus

Director of Ministry Partners and Community Life

Dori Halbert

Associate Pastor, Director of Refuge Counseling and Wellness Center

Jim Halbert

Founding Pastor

Nathan Hunter

Director of Middle School Ministries

Gary Keeler

Director of First Impressions

Georgette Keeler

Assistant to the Leadership Team

Chad Kmiecik

Technical Director

Anna McGarrah

Co-Lead Pastor

Barry McGarrah

Co-Lead Pastor

Tammy McOmber

Director of Connections

Dawne Smith

Bookkeeper

Howard Smith

Associate Pastor, Pastoral Care

Gwin Steele

Pastor of Family Ministries

Jeff Stockett

Executive Pastor

BOARD OF STEWARDS

Each member is elected by the congregation and serves a three-year term. The role of the Board is to provide accountability to the pastoral leadership team, help set strategic direction, and give oversight to the financial decisions of the organization.

  • Jim Halbert – President of the Corporation 
  • Chris Jensen – Chairman
  • Dan DeCloss – Secretary 
  • Cindy OldenKamp – Treasurer 
  • Tim Henrickson – Director 
  • Phil Schreffler – Director 
  • David Stout – Director