Who we are
Elder, Class of 2018
Julie has been a member of CrossRoads since 2001 and has served faithfully in many ways. Her faithfulness to Jesus and her welcoming spirit make her a joy to be around. She was born in Chicago, was raised in Munster, IN, graduated from Purdue and has worked for ADP for many years. Julie says, "I beleve that God has called me to serve as an elder in our congregation to grow disciples for Jesus. Being a servant of God is the best thing we can do for each other to prosper the kingdom." Julie is married and has two daughters.
Elder, Class of 2018
Terry had a keen sense seven years ago that God was calling her to CrossRoads. Born in Morton Grove, IL she has been a resident of the Indianapolis area for most of her life. She has two children. Terry's call to serve people is lived out in her daily work in the mental health field, currently working with Eskenazi Health. She has traveled on a number of missions to Costa Rica, Pennsylvania and Iowa. Locally she has served with Faith, Hope, and Love and is currently CrossRoads's representative to Open Doors of Westfield. Terry is heavily involved in CrossRoads' prayer ministry.
Elder, Class of 2016
Doug and his wife Karen have lived in Carmel for 22 years where they have raised three children: Kristen, Jeff, and Jeremy. They have been married for almost 31 years.
Doug and Karen found CrossRoads in 2007 which sparked a lot of growth for them spiritually. Immediately, Doug was struck by how friendly everyone was to newcomers. Add the amazing music and they many ways the people of CrossRoads serve the congregation, community, and the world, and Doug was hooked!
Doug has served in Costa Rica on a mission trip. Spending time with the youth group is important to Doug and he also enjoys working in the tech booth at the sound board. For the last six years he has been the General Manager at Chick-fil-A at Westfield, but is now enjoying his new role as a Field Consultant for Subway Restaurants.
Elder, Class of 2016
Ed has been married to Justine for the past 17 years. Ed's work as a business consultant and in the transportation business has taken Ed and Justine to a number of different locations to live during their marriage. Ed is currently the Director of Fleet Services for Star Leasing, a company which rents and services large truck trailers.
When asked why he likes CrossRoads, Ed replies that he loves the great group of people who accept him for who he is. He also values the many opportunities he has to grow his relationship with Jesus through service. Ed enjoys giving messages at worship on Sunday mornings and says he always learns so much as he studies in preparation for them.
Ed enjoys golfing and working around his yard. He finds volunteering rewarding as he serves with Group Workcamps as a site coach and set-up director.
Elder, Class of 2017
Martha has three adult children, Hannah, Nick, and Allie, and two grandsons, James (6) and Benjamin (4). She has worked for more than eight years for the Pediatric Rheumatology Department at Riley Hospital for Children as the Office Manager, after spending fifteen years as a mother to a patient of the same department. While working at Riley, she has been able to relate to and speak with many families with children who have been newly diagnosed with the same illness as her daughter, giving them comfort and an experienced ear.
Martha attended a Methodist Church as a young girl and knew it was possible to have a relationship with Christ. When her oldest daughter received a diagnosis of a chronic illness, Martha knew she wanted her children to have the same opportunity to learn about and come to love Jesus just as she had. Her son and his friend, whose family attended CrossRoads, invited Martha and her family to a service. She decided the friendly atmosphere along with the contemporary and engaging worship services would be pefect for her family. For the last twelve years, she has called CrossRoads home.
The way CrossRoads cares for the community and the church who are the people is what continues to keep Martha returning and excited to help the church move forward. "And we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28
Elder, Class of 2017
Growing up in a small town in Massachusetts, Andy was introduced to the Congregational Church, but church was not a focal point for him nor his family. Regardless, that introduction formed a foundation for future years.
Andy's wife Judy was instrumental in getting him to reluctantly attend church with any sense of consistency or regularity following their marriage in 1983.
Those initial steps eventually led to a series of Bible study groups, small groups, and a desire to learn and grow more.
Andy and Judy experienced numerous personal and professional setbacks including periods of unemployment, several relocations and job changes, and other life-altering events. Learning to trust in God has been an integral part of being able to work through these issues.
The most significant event that Andy grow in his faith was his participation in the Great Banquet, first as a guest and then serving in numerous roles since then as a team member.
Andy has participated in numerous local mission events with CrossRoads. He's served with the DO SOMETHING NOW team by building a wooden elephant for an Operation Christmas Child display and also building a "basic utility vehicle" truck bed to be sent overseas. He's participated in small groups and the men's Bible study, the Reveal study team, and done a variety of other things in and around CrossRoads.
Currently, Andy is the senior trash trooper at AC Trash Hauling, a company he started in 2008 following a 30-year career in construction management. Is is not uncommon for him to quietly work with and mentor young men in the front seat of his truck, help individuals and families in need, or donate household goods to ministries throughout metropolitan Indianapolis.
On a more personal note, Andy was born, raised, and educated in Massachusetts. He met and married his wife Judy while assigned to a construction project in West Virginia. They have two adult children, Brittany and Daniel and one grandson, Ethan.
Andy is excited to serve CrossRoads and to work with all as we grow together in Christ.