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.

JD 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.

Greg Ireland

Bi-Vocational Associate Pastor

Greg and his family have been a part of the Crossroads family since 2007.  They have walked with Crossroads as it has "grown up" from a Church plant into what it is today and Crossroads has walked with Greg as he has "grown up" into his role as a Bi-Vocational Associate Pastor.  Greg's passion is to see the Church expanding and equipped for mission around the world.  A graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary (Mdiv: 2018), Greg has over 15 years of leading and participating in missional activities around the world.  From smuggling Bibles into China years ago, to serving on the Board of Directors of HIS International today, Greg brings a wealth of experience and know how to the area of International Missions at Crossroads. 

Justin Doud

Facility Director

Justin joined the Crossroads Staff in 2020 as the Facility Director.  He’s an 18 year Active Duty veteran stationed at McChord where he works as a mechanic on the
C-17 aircraft.  When he gets free time, he loves working with his hands and can usually be found working on a project in the garage or under his truck, however, he has been known to geek out on video games as well.  He and his wife Cyndie, who is also on staff, keep pretty busy with two teenagers still at home.  Justin is excited to be a part of the team and is grateful to join in on God’s work here at  Crossroads.