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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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!
Facebook: Friend me… and pray for Mark Zuckerberg!