our staff

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  • Ron watts

    Senior pastor

    Ron is the founding pastor of La Croix. His role is to give direction to the spiritual life of the church and is the primary teacher on the weekend.

  • mary caldwell

    executive assistant to ron watts

    Mary attends to any business that involves Ron, including managing his crazy schedule. She also coordinates details for weddings, funerals, baptisms and membership classes.

  • Barb byrum

    administrative assistant

    Barb manages the administrative side of the main office. She also assists Local Mission ministries with administrative tasks associated with their job while being the first smiling face people encounter when they enter the office.

  • brett cheek

    spiritual formation & teaching pastor

    Brett is responsible for a significant amount of teaching on the weekends, as well as providing leadership to the Spiritual Formation team and Family Ministry team.


  • cindy walton

    Assistant director of discipleship

    Cindy manages the operations side of Spiritual Formation. She works closely with Brett and that team to make things happen!


  • Sherri Mehner

    Spiritual formation coordinator

    Sherri is part of the Spiritual Formation team. She spends the majority of her time meeting one on one with individuals who are looking for guidance as to their next step in their relationship with Jesus.

  • sharon ford

    administrative assistant

    Sharon serves as assistant to the Spiritual Formation Coordinator and helps that team with any needs they may have in carrying out their responsibilities.


  • staci class

    HOSPITALITY AND VOLUNTEER DEVELOPEr

    Staci works in the Spiritual Formation department, where she works at creating easy next steps for people to get connected at La Croix. As the environments coordinator, she strives to create the best possible first impression.

  • Collin smith

    benton campus pastor / graphic artist

    Collin is currently learning all aspects of La Croix ministry in preparation for his new role as Benton Campus Pastor in addition to assisting with graphic needs.


  • Fred Burgard

    Interim Benton Campus Pastor

    Fred provides spiritual leadership and pastoral care to the the community, as well as leads and manages the volunteer teams at that location.

  • Clinton Walker

    benton worship leader

    Clinton is the primary weekend worship leader at the Benton campus.

  • Jennifer Gadberry

    Benton children's ministry coordinator

    Jennifer and Amanda share the responsibility of coordinating children’s ministry programming for the weekends at our Benton Campus.

  • Amanda Walker

    Benton Children's Ministry Coordinator

    Amanda and Jennifer share the responsibility of coordinating children’s ministry programming for the weekends at our Benton Campus.


  • JOsh reeves

    creative arts director

    Josh gives leadership to the Creative Arts team and is responsible for their development and growth. As the primary Graphic Artist, he is also responsible for communicating our series, ministries and events through original graphic design.

  • elena tanner

    Creative Arts/Missions Coordinator

    Elena is the administrative/operational horsepower to Creative Arts. She is the staff contact for all Global & Local Mission projects.


  • dave pfanstiel

    weekend director

    Dave is part of the Creative Arts team and is responsible for all of the components of the weekend worship experience, along with any other events that take place in the worship center. Dave is also responsible for the development of the teams of volunteers who make the weekends happen.

  • Jordan Copeland

    Worship director

    Jordan is part of the Creative Arts team and is the primary worship leader at the Cape campus each weekend. He is also responsible for the development of leaders and teams to lead worship on the weekend and in various other environments.


  • Tyler Myers

    video producer

    Tyler is part of the Creative Arts team, where he creates original video and works closely with Josh in the branding of our series and providing media support to other ministry areas.

  • zach stanfield

    digital media specialist

    Zach is part of the Creative Arts team, where he produces the weekend worship experience video for the Benton campus, manages the video control room on the weekends and oversees the training of video volunteers on the weekend.

  • paul smollen

    technical director

    Paul is responsible for overseeing the purchase, install and maintenance of all technical equipment for all La Croix facilities.

  • deanna gould

    communications coordinator

    DeAnna is the front line of Communications. She coordinates the efforts of the team to pull off communications through the bulletin, website, print, the app and social media.

  • angel hillman

    business & hr director

    Angel gives leadership to the HR Coordinator and the Accounting & Finance Manager and is responsible for developing and implementing a healthy staff culture and maintaining the integrity of La Croix’s business practices.

  • jane kurre

    accounting & finance manager

    Jane is responsible for preparation of all financial reporting and makes sure that contributions and disbursements are properly handled. She also assists the Communications Team in writing/proofing and implementing content. 

  • wayne shockley

    facilities manager

    Wayne works hard at making great facilities even greater. He is in charge of all of our buildings, (Cape campus, Benton campus, Ignite House and The Bridge) inside and out.

  • jeffrey waters

    ignite pastor

    Jeffrey works with 18-25 year old folks to help them grow in this crucial time of their lives. The college ministry is called Ignite and is primarily on the campus of Southeast Missouri State University, but is open to any college-age person.

  • Taylor Bridges

    ignite coordinator

    Taylor works closely with Jeffrey in the day to day ministry details of Ignite, our college-aged ministry located at the university. He also leads worship at Ignite each Wednesday.

  • Tom Muir

    student ministry director

    Tom provides leadership to the Student Ministry Team and brings years of ministry wisdom and an overall sense of calm to in any environment he is placed.

  • joanna sams

    administrative assistant - Family Ministry | Ignite | Benton Campus

    JoAnna assists Student and Children's Ministries, Ignite and the Benton Campus to make sure that they have everything they need to succeed in their roles. 

  • bLAine brunkhorst

    student ministry pastor

    Blaine works with the Student Ministry team to provide weekly gatherings for Jr High and Sr High students. In addition, he oversees all Life Groups and Discipleship for Student Ministries. 

  • dana glass

    Student Ministry Pastor

    Dana works with the Student Ministry team to provide weekly gatherings for Jr High and Sr High students.

  • Jared Ritter

    Student Ministry Coordinator

    Jared assists the Student Ministry team with events and weekly gatherings and builds relationships with students. He is also the Director of Xtreme Camp.


  • sarah declue

    Children's ministry director

    Sarah leads the Children's Ministry Team and works to infuse the vision of La Croix into everything that happens in the Reign Forest. Sarah is also a catalyst for helping to equip parents to be the spiritual leaders of their home.

  • jen mcbride

    nursery coordinator

    Jen is responsible for the team-building and management of volunteers to care for infants during weekend worship celebrations.

  • brittney crossett

    Preschool coordinator

    Brittney is responsible for the programming and volunteers for the Preschool areas of the Reign Forest.


  • Jessica detert

    Elementary Coordinator

    Jessica is responsible for the programming and volunteers for the Elementary areas of the Reign Forest.