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. Ron is also a member of the Leadership Team.

  • 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.

  • Bruce Baxter

    Executive pastor

    Bruce provides leadership to the staff and is responsible for driving the vision and initiatives set by La Croix’s Leadership Team, which he leads.

  • Barb byrum

    administrative assistant to bruce baxter

    Barb manages the administrative side of Bruce's job. She also assists the Local Mission Director 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. Brett is also a member of the Leadership Team.

  • cindy walton

    spiritual formation coordinator

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

  • 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.

  • angela beise

    community life pastor

    Angela spends a great deal of her time counseling and providing pastoral care. In addition, she provides direction to our small group ministries and also teaches classes and mentors women of all ages.  

  • staci class


    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.

  • 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.

  • Kathryn Otradovec

    Benton Campus Children's Coordinator

    Kathryn coordinates all of the Reign Forest activities for our Benton campus.

  • jim beise

    creative arts & global missions pastor

    Jim is a creative catalyst and pastor, poet/theologian, coach and mentor. 

    Jim provides leadership, encouragement and pastoral care to the Creative Arts team. He is also responsible for all of our global outreach efforts.

  • elena tanner

    executive assistant to jim beise

    Elena is the administrative/operational horsepower to Jim Beise. She is the staff contact for all Global Mission projects and is a critical part of the Creative Arts team.

  • dave pfanstiel

    worship arts director

    Dave is part of the Creative Arts Lead Team as he leads the Worship Arts department, where he works closely with that team to make sure all of the elements and teams are in place to effectively pull off the weekend.

  • Jordan Copeland

    Worship Leader

    Jordan works with the Creative Arts team and volunteers as the primary weekend worship leader at the Cape campus.

  • JOsh reeves

    media arts director

    Josh is part of the Creative Arts Lead Team that plans and carries out the weekend. He is responsible for communicating our series, ministries and events through original graphics and video.

  • adam miller

    video producer

    Adam is part of the Media Arts team, where he creates original video, works with Josh in branding our series and manages the video control room and its volunteers on the weekends.

  • paul smollen

    technical director

    Paul is part of the Worship Arts team and is responsible for all things technical throughout this building and all of our other facilities.

  • angel hillman

    Director of business & communication

    Angel is responsible for overseeing: Accounting & Finance, IT, Human Resources and Communications. She is a part of the Creative Arts Lead Team and is also on the Leadership Team.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Lindsay Allen

    interim middle ground coordinator

    Natalie coordinates all programming for kids in 4th-6th grade on the weekend and is responsible for recruiting, equipping and encouraging volunteers who serve in this ministry area.

  • 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.