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.
Our Ministry Administrative Assistant & Office Manager
Christine has over fifteen years experience working as a ministry assistant in both large and small churches and has volunteered her time and talents in Music, Missions, Children, and Women’s Ministries. She has a Bachelor of Arts in foreign languages from LaSalle University and Masters of Business Administration from Temple University (Philadelphia, PA). When she isn’t keeping our office going, Christine enjoys painting pastel portraits, designing mixed-media art pieces; spending time with her husband Bob going hiking, camping, enjoying great outdoor adventures and traveling – perhaps one day traveling the USA, to Italy and to countries where she can speak German and Ukrainian, languages that she grew up with.
Our Directors of Music
Greg and Weslie Wald
Greg and Weslie Wald are united by a passion for music ministry. Blessed for many years to serve the music program at Cahaba Park Church and record with Corner Room Music, Greg and Weslie were inspired by new music in the PCA and are eager to share it with their home community in Hoover. Greg and Weslie live in Bluff Park and are eager to build a full and dynamic music program. If you are interested in learning an instrument or serving in the music ministry, please contact us and we will be glad to help you become a part of our growing program.
Our Director of Children's Ministry
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!
Our Nursery Director
Elizabeth has been an active member of Cross Creek Church for 6 years. She has served in many areas of the church including hospitality, teaching Sunday School and as our Nursery Director. Elizabeth is a graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources. During college she worked in the church nursery of the Presbyterian church she grew up in. Since moving to Birmingham, she has spent the last 15 years working in Human Resources in the healthcare industry. After working with ‘big humans’ during the week she enjoys caring for the ‘little humans’ in the nursery on Sundays. In her free time Elizabeth loves to spend time with Hardy her beloved German Shepherd as well as going to concerts and visiting with family especially her two adorable nieces.
Our High School Leaders
Ben & Whitney Halbrooks
Ben and his wife Whitney have been working with youth in some form or fashion for over 10 years. Ben graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis and worked for a Birmingham-based ministry since 2008. Whitney is a graduate of UAB. They are proud parents of triplet girls! When Ben is not ministering to our high school students or loving on his sweet baby girls, he enjoys Swedish Fish, classic fiction, and playing the kazoo like there’s no tomorrow. And when Whitney isn’t carting a stroller full of toddlers around she loves a cup of coffee, a house project, or a long hike.
Our Youth Leaders - Pre-Teen and Middle School
Originally from Signal Mountain, Tennessee, Garrett is a graduate from Samford University, with a degree in Political Science and Economics. He has worked in youth ministry with Young Life throughout his college career, and also spent a couple of summers in Yellowstone and Sequoia National Parks preaching and leading worship services with ‘A Christian Ministry in the National Parks’ (ACMNP). He enjoys disc golf, backpacking, playing the banjo, and reading. Garrett is currently a seminary student at Beeson Divinity School. Garrett is also heading up our College and Career Group.
Hailing from Louisville, Kentucky, the home of race horses and bluegrass, Ellie is now a student at Samford University, majoring in Nursing. Since high school she has had an impact on younger women, intentionally investing in them and encouraging their walk with the Lord. As she had been mentored by older women, she desires to share this blessing to the young girls in our church community and for them to experience what she had experienced. A coffee enthusiast, a huge people-person, loves to swim and dance…and if you hang around her often, you will probably hear her talk about Ghana, Africa.