Pastor

Chris Peters

Prior to launching Cross Creek Church, PCA, in 2009, Chris ministered to the Birmingham community for seven years on the pastoral staff of Covenant Presbyterian Church. He has lived in Pennsylvania, Chicago, and St. Louis. He and his wife, Patience, an Alabama native, have four lovable and energetic boys. Chris is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Covenant Theological Seminary, also in St. Louis, and has his PhD. in Southern Religious History from The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. In addition to his regular pastoral responsibilities, Chris has enjoyed the opportunity of traveling regularly to support the work of Mission to the World in Peru, of impacting the next generation as a regular Lecturer in the Samford University History Department, of serving on the board of local ministries like Sav-a-Life, of participating in the Regional Vision Team for the Alabama Church Planting Network, and of mentoring future pastors training at Beeson Divinity School. Contact Chris

Director of Students and Groups

Garrett Greer

Garrett Greer

Originally from Signal Mountain, Tennessee, Garrett did his undergraduate in Political Science and Economics and his Masters of Divinity from Samford University. He is proudly (and recently) married to Gracie Greer, and has been at Cross Creek since the spring of 2016. He has a background in Young Life, and also spent a couple of summers doing ministry in national parks with ‘A Christian Ministry in the National Parks’ (ACMNP). He enjoys cycling, backpacking, reading, and would love to get a cup of coffee with you! Contact Garrett

Ministry Administrative Assistant

Reagan Keith

Reagan is a Homewood native that went to Auburn University for his undergraduate degree. After graduating, he stayed in Auburn a year to intern at a campus ministry called Auburn Christian Fellowship. Upon finishing the internship, he headed back home to pursue a Master of Divinity degree from Beeson Divinity School. He graduated with his M.Div December 2020 and now serves as the administrative assistant here at Cross Creek Church. Contact Reagan

Director of Music

Sunny Mays

As a child spending summers with his father, a Baptist preacher, it was church as usual, but church with his grandmother throughout the year was anything but. Picture this, Sunny’s grandmother attended a white congregation, which was uncommon in the seventies for an African American. Sunny developed his love of diversity during these formative years and it remains a driving force today. As the eighty’s approached, Sunny vividly recalls being dunked in the frigid waters of a horse trough baptismal at a tent revival one brisk fall evening in 1979. Sunny received the gift of salvation that night and his passion for Christ has never ceased. His love of music was born the same year and became a catalyst for the worshipper that Sunny would come to be.

In 1999, Sunny married Antoinette and in 2002, after doctors said having a child was impossible, miraculously a beautiful baby girl named Taylor was born. "God is Good!" In 2007, being divinely led to join Faith Chapel in Birmingham, Sunny and his family relocated from Little Rock, Arkansas to Hoover, Alabama where they still reside. Contact Sunny

Director of Children's Ministry

Shawndee Lovoy

Shawndee and her family have been members of Cross Creek Church since almost the beginning. Her husband, Jason, also serves as a Deacon. Their four children are very involved in Hoover City Schools, with sports and dance, and keeping the entire family very busy with all their activities. As a family, they love to go to the lake, travel, camping, and hiking. They also love to be with their extended family and take trips to the beach or to the mountains. One interesting fact about Jason and Shawndee: in the first 6 months of marriage they lived on an RV and traveled to almost all 50 states with a ministry called First Priority! It was quite an adventurous beginning to their lives as a couple! Contact Shawndee

Nursery Director

Liz Getz

Liz grew up in Auburn, AL and graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management. During college she worked in the church nursery of the Presbyterian church she attended growing up. Since moving to Birmingham, she has spent the last 20 years working in Human Resources in the healthcare industry. After working with mostly senior citizens during the week she enjoys caring for the babies and toddlers in the nursery on Sundays. She has been an active member of Cross Creek for 11 years serving in many areas of the church including hospitality, teaching Sunday School and now as our Nursery Director. She is a huge dog lover her favorite being German Shepherds. She enjoys spending time with her family in Auburn and visiting with her two nieces and nephew in Connecticut as often as she can. Contact Liz

High School Leaders

Ben Halbrooks

Ben Halbrooks

Ben grew up in Birmingham before moving to Memphis and graduating from Rhodes College in 2007. Since then, he’s worked in both full-time apologetics ministry and youth ministry for more than a decade. Ben is currently the Creative Media Director for Birmingham-based tech company NXTsoft. He and his wife Whitney are blessed with triplet girls, plus another baby on the way! If you encounter Ben in the wild, he may be doing one or more of the following activities: filming, board gaming, hiking, reading, listening to podcasts, and/or playing the kazoo. Contact Ben

Middle School Girls Leader

Gracie Greer

Gracie grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina and came to Birmingham in 2015 to pursue Nursing school at Samford University. After graduating from Samford in 2019, Gracie began working as a Registered Nurse at Children’s of Alabama while also beginning to spend time with the students of Cross Creek. She later came on staff with Cross Creek in the Summer of 2019 to help lead the middle school girls. Gracie married Garrett Greer in March 2021 and they currently live in Bluff Park, and you can often find the newlyweds biking around the area! Contact Gracie

Pre-teen and Middle School Girls Leader

Katie Newton

Katie Newton

Katie grew up in Columbus, GA and moved to Birmingham in 2017 to attend Samford University to pursue a degree in Human Development and Family Science. After graduating in 2020, Katie began working as a preschool teacher for special needs children while continuing to lead students at Cross Creek and through YoungLife ministry. Katie hopes to pursue a masters degree in social work from the University of Alabama in 2022. On weekends, Katie enjoys hiking, coffee, and road tripping with friends! Contact Katie

Communications Director

Kayla Holsomback

Kayla grew up nearby in Helena, AL (fun fact: Garrett Greer’s aunt was one of her favorite teachers in elementary school). She attended UAB and received a Bachelor of Arts in Music. She and her husband Eric are members of Red Mountain Church. In her spare time she likes reading, working out, listening to music, and hanging out with her dog, Bear. You can typically find her drinking multiple cups of green tea a day. When they get a chance to go out of town, she and Eric love traveling to the mountains and hiking (particularly in Bend, OR and Asheville, NC). Contact Kayla