Pastors & Staff

Ben Emmons

Lead Pastor

Ben loves helping people connect with God and seeing them reach their full potential. He believes every person should have an opportunity to know Jesus. Ben has a doctorate from Regent University, a masters in Divinity, and a masters in Bible and Theology form Southwestern AG University. He loves Jesus, his family, and Seattle sports… GO HAWKS, and Go M’s. In 2007 after being convicted of his lifestyle, Ben lost 131lbs. Now he is a certified health coach and subject matter expert through American Council on Exercise. He is also a certified personal trainer, fitness and spin instructor. He regularly runs marathons and triathlons and believes we should honor God by caring as much as possible for our physical health.

Russ Blake

Associate Pastor

Russ, along with his lovely wife, Cindy, started Crossroads as a church plant. They have a huge heart for the community of Yelm, and are always smiling, friendly faces. Russ and Cindy really are at the heart of Crossroads, loving and welcoming all who come through the doors. They have four lovely children, and a herd of grandchildren! You will hear frequently a "Go Packers," a "Go Dodgers," or a "Go Lakers" from Russ on a Sunday morning, but most importantly you will hear a "God is good" declared.

Dave Shaw

Associate Pastor

Dave began in the ministry in 1972 when he joined the staff of Youth for Christ. His journey from that point led him to positions as youth pastor, associate pastor, and then as a church planting pastor, founding a thriving church in Silicon Valley, out of which he planted three other churches. He was an honored history scholar at the University of California and attended Fuller Seminary. He was ordained in 1979 and spent his whole adult life in pastoral ministry until his retirement. Dave and his wife Glenda moved from Silicon Valley to Yelm in 2015 and they have been active in the church ever since. He was recently invited to come out of retirement and join the pastoral team here at Crossroads to offer his experience and gifting to help the church continue to grow in its mission and ministry here in Yelm and throughout the world.

J.D. Tuell

Youth Pastor

J.D. Tuell was born and raised in Tacoma Washington and has always had a heart for the church and youth. He finds great joy in competition, outdoor athletics, and any sort of game, and is a great encourager. This man has a heart for the youth and is faithful in seeing what God is going to do in the world through this generation. J.D. is always ready for an adventure and thrilled to be apart of the community here in Yelm and Crossroads Community Church. 

Debbie MacNealy

Worship Director

Debbie has been with Crossroads for over 17 years, and her love for the Lord is reflected in how she serves. In addition to weekly Sunday worship, Debbie along with her husband Pat utilizes their creative skills towards Crossroads' yearly Christmas play as well as other events. Debbie has an amazing team of people, who give their time and talents generously to lead worship in Spirit and in truth. 

Laura Williams

Office Manager

Laura has been with Crossroads since 2003, and is the lead expert to the ins and outs of how Crossroads functions and operates. Laura is the person to talk to for just about everything, and is at the front lines of making the machine that is Crossroads run smoothly. Laura is often found with a smile on her face, a cup of coffee in hand, and wearing some form of purple attire.

Tom Myhre

Facility Director

Coming Soon