CROSS POINTS STAFF
David Jones is the Lead Pastor of Cross Points Church. He is a native of Shawnee and desires to impact this wonderful city with the good news of Jesus Christ.
Pastor David holds a Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell, a theological Seminary co-founded by Billy Graham, located in South Hamilton, Massachusetts.
He is married to his high-school sweetheart, Heather, a nurse practitioner at Children’s Mercy Hospital. Together they parent very active twin boys, Ethan and Jack. David is a life-long distance runner and has logged thousands of running miles across the country, from New York to Hawaii.
From 1995-2012, he served as the Missions Pastor for Cross Points Church. During that time, he traveled extensively throughout the world visiting and ministering in over thirty countries.
David has been on staff with Cross Points for over twenty years. Throughout that time, he served as a youth assistant, interim youth pastor (twice!), missions assistant and missions pastor. David grew up in Cross Points and started attending with his family when he was four years old.
2013 Word of the Year: Joy
2014 Word of the Year: Ascend
2015 Word of the Year: Bold
2016 Word of the Year: Grow
Favorite Movie: Raiders of the Lost Ark
Favorite Food: A great filet from J. Gilberts!
Nick Adams is the Youth Pastor of Cross Points Church. He and his wife, Desirae, came on staff in August 2008. They came from South Dakota State University, where they both served in leading Campus Crusade for Christ. Nick graduated with a degree in speech communications while playing four years of Division I baseball.
Nick and Desirae are passionate about seeing the transforming power of Jesus infiltrate the hearts and lives of the teenagers at ZOE (Rom 12:2). Their heart is to collide culture with Christ – #JesusWins.
Pastor Nick is a fanatic of the KC Chiefs, KC Royals, and the Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association. He personally enjoys fishing with toothpaste lures, chopping up onions while watching SpongeBob, and hiding under piles of raked leaves.
Nick and the love of his life, Desirae, have a son named Colton, who is the newest joy in their life and a future Hall of Fame baseball player.
2013 Word of the Year: Endurance (Heb 10:36)
2014 Word of the Year: En-courage
2015 Word of the Year: Jump
Favorite Book: Jesus Freaks
Favorite Movie: The Dark Knight
Favorite Food: Chips & Cheese Dip
Andy Bondurant began attending Cross Points Church when he was three years old. He graduated from Maranatha Academy and then Mid-America Nazarene University with a degree in Christian Education.
Upon graduation, Andy worked as the bus ministry pastor at Full Faith City Church before becoming Children’s Pastor at Cross Points Church. In 2004 Andy took a break from full-time ministry to join his wife and her family in a new business endeavor. He helped build a portrait photography organization of over 400 studios with an annual event of over 600 people.
In the Fall of 2012, Andy returned to CPC to work with Pastor David and the pastoral team as Children’s Pastor (among other duties to be assigned).
Andy spends his free time coaching and watching soccer, reading, and checking his Instagram feed. Andy has been a fan of Sporting KC since they were known as The Wiz.
Andy met and married Kia at Cross Points Church, and together they have four children – Kessa, Sephine, Chilton and Beale.
2013 Word of the Year: Transform
2014 Word of the Year: Vision
2015 Word of the Year: Attack
2016 Word of the Year: Bold
2017 Word of the Year: Restore
Favorite Book: Epic: The Story God Is Telling by John Eldredge
Favorite Movie: Star Wars
Favorite Food: Breakfast
WOMEN’S MINISTRY LEADER
Jan Brooks co-leads the Women’s Ministry and encourages and supports the leaders. Jan’s heart is to unite women of all ages around the truth of the Word of God and let that word dramatically transform them. Our women’s bible studies and gatherings dig deep and are intended to foster good conversations and lasting friendships.
Jan and her husband Keith began attending Cross Points Church before they were married and have been involved ever since. They’ve served in the nursery, children’s church, Sunday School, and currently as marriage mentors. They have two adult daughters and two grandchildren and they’re passionate about family dinners!
By day, Jan is the Interlibrary Loan librarian at Johnson County Community College and enjoys serving the students and faculty by helping them access the information they need for their research.
2013 Word of the Year: Praise
2014 Word of the Year: Intimate
2015 Word of the Year: Bold
2016 Word of the Year: Restore
Favorite Book: I‘m a librarian–get ready: The Great Gatsby or The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy or The Horse and His Boy or Moby Dick
Favorite Movie: It’s a Wonderful Life
WOMEN’S MINISTRY LEADER
Jenn Green co-leads the women’s ministry. Jenn’s heart is that every woman would be seen and known within the church by creating opportunities to meet each woman’s need. Our women’s ministry seeks to see women become and create disciples through their unique talents and realm of influence.
Jenn and her husband Matthew have both grown up in Cross Points Church and both graduated from Maranatha Academy. They have served in the college ministry, nursery, worship team, visitor reception, small groups and many other projects along the way. They have two young children – Mae and Ike – who give a lot of love and laughter to anyone they meet.
Jenn is a stay-at-home mom who in her spare time plans new events for the women’s ministry. On the weekend, Jenn works at Mid-America Rehab Hospital doing physical therapy and specializes in brain and spinal cord injuries. Jenn’s hobbies include cooking, cleaning, and worship.
2013: Word of the Year: Promise
2014: Word of the Year: Bold
2015: Word of the Year: Greater Boldness
2016: Word of the Year: Beyond
2017: Word of the Year: Invest
Favorite Book: Play With Fire, Anything, Redeeming Love, or any Harry Potter book
Favorite Movie: Lord of the Rings (extended edition) or Harry Potter Series – my husband and I fell in love over these series
Favorite Food: Coffee & Sushi
Lauren Laffler is the Worship Intern at Cross Points Church. Lauren plays the piano and sings. She leads worship for Zoe Youth Ministries, Awaken Service, and has an active role in Sunday morning worship. As the worship intern, she is getting experience leading worship along with some coaching.
Lauren is a Cosmetologist. She enjoys cutting hair and sending people out of her chair with a new found confidence in themselves.
Lauren is passionate about leading worship. She enjoys cross country skiing, salsa dancing, and bingo.
2013 Word of the Year: Faith
2014 Word of the Year: Trust
2015 Word of the Year: Trust and Wait
Favorite Food: Pumpkin Bread and Grande 6-pump Soy No Water Chai
Pastor Don served as senior pastor of Cross Points Church for eleven years and now serves as an associate pastor with an emphasis on fatherhood to the urban communities in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
Pastor Don formerly served the Washington Dulles International Airport as its senior chaplain. He orchestrated ministry in one of the busiest and most multicultural intersections in the world. Besides his chaplaincy, Pastor Lewis also served as the program director of Youth for Tomorrow, a residential facility for at-risk adolescent males.
His work has been featured in the Washington Times, People Magazine, the Family Research Council magazine and other articles and books.
Pastor Don testified before Congress on behalf of pro-family organizations in Washington D. C., and he also served as regional director for Prison Fellowship’s Mid-Atlantic Neighbors Who Care, a crime victims assistance ministry.
Pastor Don formerly served as a pastor in Oakland, CA., Little Rock, AR., the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.
He and his wife, Hildred, have four adult children and now reside in Lenexa, Kansas.
2013 Word of the Year: Abundance
2014 Word of the Year: Redemption
2015 Word of the Year: Kindness
Favorite Book: Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas
Favorite Movie: The Shawshank Redemption
Favorite Food: Seafood
MEN’S MINISTRY LEADER
Mark Martinez heads up the Cross Points Men’s Ministry. He has a heart for the men of the church, and believes God wants all men to do the spiritual work necessary to be the intentional husband, intentional father, and intentional leader He has called them to be.
Mark is the co-founder of The Locker Room Ministry, wherein men frankly work through the barriers that keep them from God’s best in their marriages, careers, and ministries. He has a Masters degree in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma. He manages people, projects, and budgets in his general manager role at Johnson Controls, Inc., for which he has worked since 1998.
Mark has been married to Tracy for 23 years, and they have three kids that bring much satisfaction and joy to his life. He enjoys cycling, coaching baseball, and working in the yard. They have attended Cross Points for 20 years.
2016 Word of the Year: Intentional
Favorite Book: The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz
Favorite Movie: Brian’s Song
Favorite Food: Thai and Indian
Haley is the kids assistant under Pastor Andy, the office’s administrative assistant under Pastor Mark, and in all of her limited free time works on social media and other random creative projects. Haley has grown up at Cross Points and is loving the opportunity to give back to her church.
Haley graduated in May of 2016 from MidAmerica Nazarene University with her bachelor’s degree with hopes of attaining her Master’s degree in Social Work in the next two years. Her heart is ultimately for vulnerable and hurting people around the world, with hopes they may one day find healing and an ultimate victory in knowing the Lord.
Outside of work and school you could most likely find Haley reading a book, writing about literally anything, practicing her piano, or adventuring to new places with good friends.
Word of the Year 2014: Trust
Word of the Year 2015: Joy
Word of the Year 2016: Rest
Word of the Year 2017: Hope
Favorite Book: Impossible to choose just one! But some of my favorites include: The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, Terrify No More by Gary Haugen, and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Favorite Movie: Anything with Tom Hanks
Favorite Food: Chips with Salsa and/or Guacamole
SMALL GROUPS PASTOR / CHURCH PLANTER
Matt Shirley is the Small Groups Pastor at Cross Points Church. A native of Georgia, he joined the Cross Points team in 2015 to assist with small groups and to facilitate Cross Points’ dream of planting churches.
Prior to joining Cross Points, Matt served in youth ministry for six years. More recently, he completed his Master of Divinity at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and his MTh in Practical Theology and Christian Ethics at the University of Edinburgh.
Matt spends most of his free time at tea parties with his wife, Jes, and their twin daughters, Penelope and Adelaide. When he’s not doing that, he might be reading, running, or playing ultimate frisbee – but he’s probably just reminiscing about his year in Scotland.
2015 Word of the Year: Grow
Favorite Book: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Favorite Movie: The Bourne Movies
Favorite Food: Oreos and Milk
ADMINISTRATIVE / MISSIONS PASTOR
Mark Traver is the Administrative/Missions Pastor for Cross Points Church. After graduating from Southwest Baptist University with a degree in Mathematics, Mark served 16 years in missions overseas and in the US. In 2012, God called Mark back to his roots here at Cross Points. He began serving as pastor in January 2013.
Pastor Mark’s desire is to serve Cross Points missionaries, and see them set up for success in their field. He also has a great desire to see others trained, equipped, and sent to the field for short-term and long-term opportunities.
“This gospel of kingdom shall be preached in all the world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.” -Matthew 24:14
Mark likes watching the NFL and criminal investigation tv shows. He loves playing racquetball and video games with his son. His favorite place to visit is Cancun, Mexico.
Mark married his beautiful wife, Lorinda, in 1995. They have two amazing children, Caleb and Makinzie.
2013 Word of the Year: Overflow
2014 Word of the Year: Repent
2015 Word of the Year: Trail Blaze
Favorite Book: I love any type of books on leadership
Favorite Movie: Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Favorite Food: Steak
ASSISTANT TO THE LEAD PASTOR
Jennifer is Pastor David’s Personal Assistant. Prior to joining the staff in 2015, she had a 16-year career as a Stay-At-Home Mom. Jennifer has been married to Kevin for 19 years. They have two daughters, Sydney 17, Addisyn 15, and one son, Braxton 6. Jennifer enjoys all aspect of ministry. She has a heart for new believers and discipleship.
Jennifer is a dreamer aways hungry for more Jesus. She loves to connect and collaborate with other churches in the Kansas City area.
She desires to see people, communities and dreams made alive again in the hearts of those who have been radically transformed by the redemption of Jesus Christ.
She is an avid gum chewer and dreams of places that are summer all year long. Dark chocolate, coffee, and Fixer Upper are a few of her guilty pleasures.
2014 Word of the Year: Freedom
2015 Word of the Year: Pure
2016 Word of the Year: Anything
2017 Word of the Year: Super Natural
Favorite Book: Right Here, Right Now: Everyday Mission for Everyday People
Favorite Movie: Les Miserables
Favorite Food: A good Latte