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MATT THRASHER

LEAD PASTOR

Full name: Matthew Thrasher

Nick Name: PM (Pastor Matt) given to me by my staff

Family: lovely wife Holly, amazing kids Roxi(ladybug) and Harrison(bobbee)

Ministry Role:Lead Pastor

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Southwestern Assemblies of God University

Master of Business,University of Phoenix

Honorary Doctorate from Saint Thomas Christian University

Dream vacation: This is a tough one…there are a ton of places I would like to go beginning with the moon! Something tropical but I have also wanted to visit the far east…Tokyo…

What's your regular order at Starbucks:

Black Ice Tea, no sugar & a Bistro Protien Box.

Things that fascinate me: living things in nature…the universe, outer space

People who inspire me are: my wife and kids are an inspiration to me…our military and their sacrifice they give to our country.

Previous jobs: I have worked in many places and held many jobs…from renting cars to pastoring to delivering 5 gallon water bottles.

One thing that most people don't know about me: I love to work with wood…not so much carving but other small projects that include but not limited to benches, shelving, custom work.

I've been in ministry 18 years

When and where did you get saved: I consider my adult conversion in the Summer of 95.

Peeves: not squeezing the tube of toothpaste from the end.

Life-changing moment: Definetly, my wedding day and the birth of my children.

Fears: not succeeding in ministry and life

Quirks: I am a clean floor guy, I get this from my mother.

In my spare time I... love participating in Crossfit and fitness in general.

Least favorite food: curry

What makes you laugh? A lot of things…my kids, a good clean joke, someone falling…

What is weird about you? I have some ticks…if a drawer is not shut all the way, dirty floors, pens that are clickable but are left with the ink side out…yikes.

The most exotic place you've even been to: I don’t know if this answers exotic but Haiti was unique for sure.

The most adventurous thing you've ever done: Probably zip lining through the Puerto Rican rain forest hundreds of feet in the air. I have plans to go skydiving.

Least favorite thing to do: Take out the trash.

Email: matt@crcbelton.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pastorthrasher


HOLLY THRASHER

Full name: Holly Paulette Thrasher

Family: Matt , Roxi , Harrison

Ministry Role: Pastor’s Wife

Dream vacation: Backpacking through Spain, Italy & Greece

What's your regular order at Starbucks: Skinny Soy Iced Vanilla Latte

Favorite movies: The Devil Wears Prada, 13 Going on 30, Legally Blonde

Favorite scripture: Proverbs 3:5-7 Trust in the Lord with all thy heart; and lean not on your own understanding. In all thy way acknowledge him, and he will direct your path.

Things that fascinate me: Tornadoes, Additive Bitmasks

People who inspire me are: My husband

Previous jobs: Computer Programmer/Analyst (Current), Lifeguard

One thing that most people don't know about me: I was High School Valedictorian. It was a goal only because I wanted to give the speech at graduation.(-:

I've been in ministry 14 years

When and where did you get saved: First Baptist Church Rogers, 1986

Favorite singer or band: Need to Breathe

Peeves: People picking their nails/fingers

Life-changing moment: June 13, 1997 My last first date.

Fears: Disappointing people

Favorite book: Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

Quirks: I like to make up my own recipes. Sometimes it works, usually not so much.

In my spare time I... Shop, of course!

Least favorite food: Sauerkraut.

What makes you laugh? Pranking my family

What is weird about you? I don’t like piles of ‘stuff’. Even my virtual inbox has to stay sorted & filed.

The most exotic place you've even been to: Castle in Koln, Germany. Amazing.

The most adventurous thing you've ever done: Hiking and zip lining in the rainforest of Puerto Rico

Least favorite thing to do: Grown up stuff like paying bills.

Email: holly@crcbelton.com


HARRY THRASHER

Killeen Campus Pastor

Full name: Harry Thrasher

Family: My wife Carol, 2 sons John & Matt and 4 grandchildren.

Ministry Role: Executive Pastor

Dream vacation: Cruise

Favorite movies: Sand Lot

Favorite scripture: Psalms 51

Things that fascinate me: People

People who inspire me are: Biblical People

Previous jobs- I have been in ministry all of my life

One thing that most people don't know about me: I am getting older!

I have been in ministry 43 years

When and where did you get saved: Vallijo California

Favorite singer or band: Carmen

Peeves: things left undone

Life-changing moment: 3/21/67, The day I got in a car wreck and had a wake up call from the Lord.

Fears: Falling off of a roof.

Favorite book: Good to Great by James Collins

Quirks: I like to win

In my spare time I... like to have fun!

Least favorite food: Brussel Sprouts

What makes you laugh? Jokes, cooking

What is weird about you? My nose

The most exotic place you've even been to: Egypt

The most adventurous thing you've ever done: Motorcycling

Least favorite thing to do: Sit still.

Email: harry@crcbelton.com


CAROL THRASHER

Daycare Director

Full name: Carol Thrasher

Family: My Husband Harry and 2 boys- John & Matthew and 4 granchildren.

Ministry Role: Day Care Director

Dream vacation: Sandals Resort

What's your regular order at Starbucks: Cafe Mocha

Favorite movies: Blind Side

Favorite scripture: Proverbs 3:5&6.

People who inspire me are: People who are focused and accomplish much.

Previous jobs: Real Estate Salesperson

I've been in ministry all my life.

When and where did you get saved: In church on Easter Sunday, 1958

Favorite singer or band: Mercy Me

Life-changing moment: Marriage to Harry Thrasher

Favorite book: all cookbooks

In my spare time I... like to read

Least favorite food: sushi

What makes you laugh? my grandchildren

The most exotic place you've even been to: Paris, France

The most adventurous thing you've ever done: ride a Harley motorcycle with Harry

Least favorite thing to do: unload the dishwasher


BEN HARPER

FAMILY PASTOR

Full name: Ben Harper

Nick Name: Ben, a.k.a. PB

Family: My wife, Gini, who helps me out and is my right hand in ministry, along with my three beautiful kids, Emma, Jamin and Jenna.

Ministry Role: Children’s Pastor

Dream vacation: Somewhere warm, where I can get to a beach and there aren’t swarms of people around.

What's your regular order at Starbucks: I gave Starbuck’s up a long time ago. But the Caramel Macchiato is my standard order.

Favorite movies: The Bourne Trilogy, Lord of the Rings, and the Spiderman movies

Favorite scripture: Proverbs 3:5-7

Things that fascinate me: Science, Art, Technology, human behavior, the mind of a child, the mercy and love of God

People who inspire me are: My pop (dad), Robert Barriger & Eric Lovin (modern-day missionary icons)

Previous jobs: Chick-fil-a, Famous Footwear

One thing that most people don't know about me: I’m pretty white, so most people don’t know I speak Spanish fluently.

I've been in ministry full time for 12 years, but at least part-time for over 18.

When and where did you get saved: Good Friday, 1987

Favorite singer or band: Phil Wickham

Peeves: Messes and general disorganization

Life-changing moment: When I got saved, when I was filled with the Holy Spirit and called to ministry, my first missions trip to Mexico, when I met my wife, and the birth of each of my three kids

Fears: Not being good at something.

Quirks: My voice gets higher as I speak more inently.

In my spare time I... Exercise, go to soccer or baseball practices for my kids, watch a little TV, or come up with crazy ideas (some of which actually work).

Least favorite food: Brussel Sprouts

What makes you laugh: Awkward situations.

What is weird about you? I’m OCD, so I prefer things freakishly neat.

The most exotic place you've even been to: Puerto Maldonado, Peru.

The most adventurous thing you've ever done: Hiked up Huayna Picchu, 13,000 feet in the air.

Least favorite thing to do: Going to the dentist or the doctor.

Email: ben@crcbelton.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/route35kids


GINI HARPER

Connections Director

Full name: Ginia Harper

Nick Name: Gini

Family: I married my soul mate in July of 2004. We have 3 beautiful Children Emma, Jamin & Jenna.

Ministry Role: My main role @ Crossroads is assimilation; helping visitors get acquainted with our church and ultimately plugging into a ministry. As well as handling outside communication and marketing and event coordinating. I also assist my husband (PB) in Route 35 Kids Ministry with whatever he needs and lead our Girls Ministry.

Dream vacation: Taking an adventure through South America and DISNEY w/ my whole family!!!!

What's your regular order at Starbucks: Caramel Macchiato or Pumpkin Spice Latte

Favorite movies: The Bourne Series, End of the Spear and most musicals/Disney movies (I am a kid at heart!)

Favorite scripture: Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30

Things that fascinate me: People. I love to see how God uses different people for one purpose.

People who inspire me are: People of integrity and passion. People who tirelessly chase after God and His calling.

Previous jobs: Career Services Rep./Teacher; Marketing Coordinator

One thing that most people don't know about me: I laugh when I get nervous or at the expense of other peoples pain.

( Don’t worry, if you fall near me I will pick you up and then laugh at you).

I've been in ministry for... I have been involved in ministry one way or another since I was saved. My heart is to serve. I have been involved in Children’s ministry alongside my husband since 2006 and have worked fulltime as the Assimilation/Communications Director since coming to Crossroads Church in 2010.

When and where did you get saved: I truly dedicated my life to serve the Lord on August 19, 1998 at a Back-to-School retreat.

Favorite singer or band: Jimmy Needham, Need To Breath, Jesus Culture & Rita Springer

Peeves: Being late!!!

Life-changing moment: The birth of my children.

Fears: SNAKES

Favorite book: Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, Spiritual Leaders by Henry & Richard Blackaby

In my spare time I... Cook, bake and cook some more!

Least favorite food: Anything with Curry or CILANTRO!

What makes you laugh? Kids-mine, yours, anyone’s kids!

What is weird about you? I love to change my hair. Give it 6 months…I promise it will look different!

The most exotic place you've even been to: Peru

The most adventurous thing you've ever done: Jumped from a waterfall in a Peruvian Jungle.

Least favorite thing to do: Yard work

Email: gini@crcbelton.com

Facebook:www.facebook/giniharper


GRETCHEN KENDALL

CARE PASTOR /ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR

Full name: Gretchen Rene' Kendall

Nick Name: Scratch

Family: Melody(daugher) & Miguel Vazquez (Kaleb & Kaelianna); Carlton Beck (son); Lois I. Sheeler (Mom)

Ministry Role: Administrative Director and Pastor

Dream vacation: Alaskan Cruise

What's your regular order at Starbucks: White Choc. Mocha Frappachino

Favorite movies: Princess Bride, Hunger Games

Favorite scripture: Jeremiah 29:11, Prov. 3:5-7

Things that fascinate me: Stars and Space and that God has taken the time to give each and every star a name in Heaven. He knows them all by name! How great is that!?! God is Mighty indeed!

People who inspire me are: Billy Graham because he proves you are never too old to be used of God and that you truely should never give up. No excuse!

Previous jobs: Pizza maker; Medical Coding & Billing; Family Practice Office Manager; Children's Pastor; Asst. Daycare Director.

One thing that most people don't know about me: I love to ride horses and motorcycles.

I've been in ministry: officially since November 2003.

When and where did you get saved: I was saved in Las Vegas, NV in a home missions church, West Valley which eventually became an Assemblies of God church on August 12, 1990.

Favorite singer or band: Mercy Me; Kathy Trocolli

Peeves: Bad breath and body odor.

Life-changing moment: When God called me as a single parent to do Russia Missions. He showed me every step of the way and has continued to work out trips for me since 1993 ministering to widows and orphans in St. Petersburg and surrounding areas. James 1:27

Fears: Getting stuck in an elevator in Russia

Favorite book: The Shack

Quirks: Clutter doesn't bother me

In my spare time I... love to watch movies.

Least favorite food: Green leafs that resemble weeds found in your yard.

What makes you laugh? Silly anecdotes and little children.

What is weird about you? My laugh, it is unique and some say it cackles, I can't help it...

The most exotic place you've even been to: White beach somewhere on the coast of Jamaica. Travelled there in Jesus' boat and the waves were really high and the ride was very exciting. Ya Mon.

The most adventurous thing you've ever done: Maybe this is borderline stupid, but I coasted down a mountain in Utah on the back of a Harley Davidson. It felt like flying and was so quiet, all you could hear was the wind and the rubber of the tires rolling on the road.

Least favorite thing to do: Filing papers.

Email: gretchen@crcbelton.com


Megan Mendenhall

Worship Leader

Full Name: Megan Brooke Mendenhall

Nick Name: Meg (which My husband will NEVER call me)

Family: My husband and high school sweetheart, Nick and our 4 crazy boys, Aiden, Ryder, Easton and Emmit

Ministry Role: Worship Leader

Dream vacation: Anywhere there is a clean beach and no tourists

What's your regular order at Starbucks: I dont drink coffee *gasp* I know, crazy.

Favorite Movies: Forrest Gump, My Favorite Wife (With Irene Dunne) and White Christmas

Favorite Scripture: Psalm 32:7

People who inspire me are: My parents

Previous jobs: Waitress, Tuxedo sales, Tennis Coach

I've been in ministry: My whole life. My dad was the music director at my church, so I was pretty much born working on musicals and choir

When and where did you get saved: Since I grew up in church I was saved and understood Jesus saving my life at a young age, but there was a pivotal moment in KIDS church at Fair Haven Assembly of God with Tim Fauls(our childrens pastor) and my Uncle Charlie. It was my 7th grade winter and I felt the Holy Spirit come over me and realized what being 'saved' really meant and felt like.

What is weird about you: I enjoy listening to the occasional 'boy band', I apparently have an accent (but only to everyone in TX)

Life-changing moment: Finding out I was pregnant with twins. Scared the living daylights out of me.

Favorite book: Emma by Jane Austin

In my spare time I...enjoy napping, sewing and organizing.

What makes you laugh? Any dry humor. I love The Office, Monty Python, and MST3K

The most exotic place you've even been to: Either Paris or Hawaii. Both were equally exotic

Least favorite thing to do: Get up early. To say I enjoy sleeping in is an understatement.


Pastor Tim

Youth Pastor

Full name: Timothy Jones

Nick Name: PT

Family: Wife, Sarah

Ministry Role: Youth Pastor

Dream vacation: Cruise to anywhere

What's your regular order at Starbucks: Double Chocolate Chip Frap with a pump of raspberry and extra caramel drizzle

Favorite movies: Marvel Universe (excluding the fantastic 4 and hulk movies)

Favorite scripture: 1 John 4:4

Things that fascinate me: God, Technology, Life

People who inspire me are: My Grandfather (Willis Ivan Murray), My Wife, and my Family.

Previous jobs: I’ve worked just about everywhere; Sears, Lowes, Mcdonalds, Road Construction, State Farm, Conference Center, Microsoft, the list goes on.

One thing that most people don't know about me: I like to rap

When and where did you get saved: At the dining room table when I was 5 years old.

Favorite singer or band: KJ-52

Peeves: Other drivers

Life-changing moment: I’ve had so many, but one of the greatest was the day I married my wife.

Fears: Not being good at something.

Quirks: I get very excited about things.

In my spare time I... like to play sports, workout, play video games.

Least favorite food: Peas

What makes you laugh: Everything, it’s a terrible condition

What is weird about you? Pretty much my entire personality.

The most exotic place you've even been to: TEXAS, just kidding… Ireland

The most adventurous thing you've ever done: White River rafting

Least favorite thing to do: fill out surveys


Duncan Brannan

Children's Pastor

Full name: Duncan Ray Brannan

Nick Name: "Honey" to my wife, Fazha to my girls, "Dunc" to my brothers (David, Billy Don, Brad)

Family: Ralana (Wife), Kaydra (1st Daughter), Karlisa (2nd Daughter)

Ministry Education: Tyndale Theological Seminary

Dream Vacation: Ireland

Regular order at Starbucks: Venti, iced, soy, vanilla, chai latte!

Things that fascinate me: God’s Word. Ralana Brannan. Koiné Greek.

People who inspire me: Those God deeply forgives who love Him back deeply!

Previous jobs: Small groups pastor, college pastor, men’s pastor, children’s pastor, interim worship leader, ministry program developer, professional voice-over, customer relations, salesman, construction superintendent

One thing most people don't know about me: I am Iron Man

I've been in ministry: Since my salvation

When & where did you get saved: April 12, 1991; Fort Worth, TX; in my friend’s pick-up!

Peeves: I-35… also known as the “Highway to Hell”

Life-changing moment: Jan. 2, 1993 – Married muh bebeh! Thank you! Thank ya’ very much!

Fears: Spiritually-coasting in my walk with Christ

Quirks: I can’t NOT do voices; I think they may be multiple personalities!

In my spare time: Watching Marvel movies or mixed martial arts, working out, writing

Least favorite food: Raw broccoli… and grass. They’re pretty much the same.

What makes you laugh? Things that are funny. Duh!

What is weird about you? Ralana says, “Where should I start?”

Most exotic place you've ever been: Honeymoon – Playa Del Carmen, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Montego Bay

The most adventurous thing you've ever done: Moved to Belton to become a children’s pastor!

Least favorite thing to do: Fill these out. LOL!

Email: duncan@crcbelton.com

Facebook: Friend me… and pray for Mark Zuckerberg!


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