Greg Crossroads Elder

Where have I been and what have I done

I was born in Australia into a well-mannered atheistic family: I inherited the atheism but not the manners. At my twenty first birthday my school friend AJ gave me two books that God used to change my life; The Seal of God by F.C. Payne, and Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. Although I still grieve when I consider my old self, God's transforming power was evident within a few days of that birthday. Within four years, I had completed a theology degree, met and married Cherlene, and we'd had our first child, and I had started working on staff of a large local church (Hillsong, Brisbane, Aus). 
I have completed degrees in Business (accounting, HR), IT (document management systems), Project Management (project economics, via civil engineering faculty). I am still studying various subjects (financial analysis, political communications, computer science) via TEDx. My crazy career path has led to short-term assignments on every major continent; sometimes literally 'in' coal and copper mines in the world's most remote locations. I now work locally in Rijswijk on projects for an oil and gas major. I play some sport (soccer, cycling, squash, jogging, golf in summer), but I've had to stop surfing since coming to Holland. No offence to all my Scheveningen friends, but once you've surfed in warm blue clear water you're spoiled for life.
Back to Crossroads... this is my fifth church membership, and fourth eldership. God sometimes uses the foolish things!

What I like about Crossroads

'Good music, great band' was my first impression of Crossroads. Jeff's preaching is gracious. Jack's pastoral care and leadership in SHAPE is very attractive. I like how Crossroads cares for children. I've now made a few friends, although this part was not so easy in Crossroads, I don't know why. Crossroads has a grace-filled and sometimes challenging message that I would love to see more widely broadcast and understood. 

Scripture that is central to my life

I have been given many great promises; how to choose? Zech 3:1-7 is a huge promise for me. But in this context: "You then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others." 2Tim2:1-2