Jack Associate pastor 

MY ROLE IN CROSSROADS

I have served on the pastoral staff of Crossroads since November 2000. My role has evolved through the years as the church has grown, but my current focus is pastoral care, mentoring, missions, and finances. My greatest joy and passion is to be a “wounded healer”… helping others to embrace the love of the Father so they can go on to discover how their lives can make a difference in the world for good.
 

WHERE I HAVE BEEN AND WHAT I HAVE DONE

I grew up in Southern California as the oldest of 5 children. During the last year of my university studies, I had a powerful encounter with God which radically altered the focus and direction of my life. After receiving a degree in Accounting, I worked the next 5 years as an internal auditor for the US Dept of Treasury.  At the age of 28, I decided to leave my government job to do a 6-month Discipleship Training School (DTS) with Youth With a Mission (YWAM) – an international missions organization known for its cutting-edge missional initiatives. My “short-term” missions experience with YWAM ended up lasting 15 incredible years, the last 8 of which were with my beautiful Dutch wife Janette. We have lived in the Netherlands since our marriage in 1990 and together have 3 of the best kids a parent could ever hope for. Besides having the awesome privilege of being part of such a dynamic and diverse spiritual community as Crossroads…I am also currently serving on the board of International Justice Mission the Netherlands (IJM NL) – an organization whose vision is “to rescue thousands, protect millions and prove that justice for the poor is possible.”

 

SCRIPTURE THAT IS CENTRAL TO MY LIFE

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
2 Corinthians 12:9
 
“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.”
Isaiah 61:1