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

Director of Operations & Facilities

Jason Tucker

Jason Tucker

Jason grew up in southwest Alabama where he earned his undergrad in Elementary Education from the University of West Alabama. After moving to Hoover in 1995 and teaching 6th grade for seven years at Briarwood Christian School, Jason then moved to St. Louis where he completed his Masters of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary. After returning to Birmingham he served for 10 years in pastoral ministry roles both as an assistant and a senior pastor. Jason currently serves as an Engagement Leader with Thrivent Financial serving to foster relationships with churches and non-profits throughout central and north Alabama as well as central Tennessee. He has four children, two of whom attend Hoover City Schools, with the oldest two enrolled at Auburn University. His "happy place" would be with his kids, either in the woods, at the lake, or on the beach, preferably cooking something tasty over a live bed of coals. Contact Jason

Directors of Music and Worship

William & Alicia Monroe

William and Alicia have three crazy kids. They help lead worship music at Cross Creek. William has a PhD in Computer Engineering and is a Senior Data Scientist at Analytical AI. Alicia received her Bachelors of Science in Biology from Baylor and homeschools their three children. William and Alicia were youth leaders at One Ancient Hope Church in Iowa City, IA, before they moved to Birmingham, AL. William has been involved in music ministry over 15 years, starting with since his time as a student in RUF at the University of Iowa. They enjoy outdoor activities as a family such as hiking, gardening and backyard play with their two dogs Winnie and Dak. Contact William & Alicia

Director of Children's Ministry and Nursery

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 Staff

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 Leader

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

High 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

Director of Communications

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