Crosswater Community Church is a church for people who are seeking answers for their lives. Many people are looking for a relationship with Christ. Some are just looking for answers to issues they are struggling with on a daily basis. Our church is geared to help you with that search. We are a Community Church and everyone is welcome.
We are often asked what kind of church we are. We have people from every background and denomination as a part of our church family. Our own leadership team comes from a very diverse background. We chose to be identified as a “Community Church” so that EVERYONE feels welcome.
Jack has been the Pastor at Crosswater since 2008. Jack and Ann have five children and several grandchildren. Jack uses his down-home sense of humor, with his natural southern accent, to teach the practical truths of the Bible. It is his goal to help people live their lives to their fullest by becoming fully devoted followers of Christ. Jack’s leadership is a combination of his involvement in many aspects of life. He has a Masters in Theology, has finished half of his MBA, has an earned doctorate from the largest seminary in the world, and yet is as approachable and down to earth as he can be. He has served churches all across the south in Florida, Alabama, Texas, South Carolina and Georgia.
To offset his southern heritage, Jack is married to a Boston native to keep him in balance. Jack has served in leadership positions that include major leadership roles in Christian denominations and as Chaplain for the NFL Miami Dolphins. Jack has a business background in information technology and sales. He has served as a motivational speaker for corporations. Jack is an avid University of Alabama football fan!
Adult & ASsimilation pastor
Beginnings: I was born in Tampa, an elementary school in Roswell, GA, graduated high school in Lombard, IL and graduated college in Omaha, Nebraska where I lived for 31 years before moving to Ponte Vedra.
People: My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, my wife Janet, my son Jackson, my two brothers and many close friends.
Learning: BSBA from University of Nebraska; Masters of Arts in Christian Education from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Listen: Contemporary Christian and 80’s rock
Misc: I love fancy pants…the fancier the better and anything red…Go Big Red! Oh yeah and everything Chicago…Cubs, Bears, Bulls, and Blackhawks!
Beginnings: I was born in Columbia, S.C., but moved when I was really young to Charleston, S.C. where I lived until I was 22 years old.
People: My family is the most important people (other than Jesus) in my life. I love spending time with them, even if it is just hanging out, and having the opportunity to coach some of my daughters’ sports teams.
Learning: I graduated from the College of Charleston with a BA in History and went on to get my Master’s of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.
Listen: I love Christian rap. Lecrae, KJ52, Kirk Franklin (old school)and Tedashii can often be heard blaring from the family truck.
Watch: Pretty much anything that has a Superhero (Avengers, Spiderman, Batman, Superman)
Read: The Bible (of course) and Radical and
Beginnings: I spent the first several years of my life in an RV as my father traveled the country as an evangelist with Christ is the Answer crusades, big tent revival style! At age 5, we settled down in a small town in upstate NY near the Finger Lakes. After graduating high school, I moved across the country to Southern California where I began serving in ministry for the next 20 years up until coming to Crosswater in 2017. Also spent a few years in Vancouver, Canada where I met my wife and started a family!
People: Christ has been my rock since I gave my life to him at a summer camp as a middle school student. I love spending time with my beautiful wife Julie and our 3 incredible children, Faith, Sam, and Nate. We love going to the beach, amusement parks, and seeking out the adventure that can be found in every day. God has truly blessed us with an amazing family.
Learning: From 1999-2003, I went to Film School at Orange Coast College and majored in Film and Creative Arts. And I also spent a little time with the US Navy in special warfare/special ops.
Listen: I grew up listening to 90’s alternative rock and British pop rock. I had a huge CD binder full of DCTalk, Newsboys, U2, Oasis, Weezer, Counting Crows, and all the Seattle based bands. Today, I listen mostly to Coldplay, Jack Johnson, Hillsong Young & Free, Jesus Culture, and anything Bethel Music puts out.
Watch: I primarily watch sports, and I still catch SNL most weeks. I really enjoyed The Office a few years back, but am currently sucked into AMC’s The Walking Dead right now. I also LOVE going to the movies, even though it’s mostly kid’s movies these days.
Read: The Bible. Rick Warren, Andy Stanley, Francis Chan, Simon Sinek, Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers and The Tipping Point are two of my favorite books of all time).
Misc: I can be a bit of an adrenaline junkie, I love hanging off cliffs or rappelling down a giant waterfall. I’m a huge Steelers fan, and of course of my SoCal teams, the Lakers and the Angels. You can be sure to find me planning some crazy road trip that will include an Angels game somewhere along the way!