Senior PastorEmail Derek
I grew up in Newton, TX, as the son of two educators within Newton ISD. They reared me in
church and taught me that loving the Lord was of upmost importance. I accepted Christ as my
Lord and Savior in June of 1998 at the age of 16. I surrendered to the call of ministry soon after
in the summer of 1999, but I did not act on it until 2006. I have served in full time church ministry
since 2007, where I have had the opportunity to have hands on experience in the areas of
children, youth, missions, outreach, and pastoring. I believe the Pastor of a church should love
people, preach and teach the infallible Word of God and provide visionary leadership in the
areas of discipleship, outreach, and missions. My goal is to lead and train people to go and be
the hands and feet of Jesus to the unknowing world. Lauren and I have prayed since the
beginning of this process for the Lord’s clear direction. He has given us full peace throughout
the process of meeting with the search committee, visiting with the staff as well as seeing the
church and community. We are excited about our future here at Crossroads Baptist Church and
look forward to meeting and getting to know all of you!
Associate Pastor, MusicEmail James
James is a native of Atlanta, Texas and is a graduate of Baylor University. James has been at Crossroads since October of 2008. James is an incredible asset to the staff here at Crossroads. If you’ve visited us recently, you have likely been contacted or visited by him. He and his wife Stacia have 5 daughters Anna Grace, Emma Beth, Olivia, Rose, and Ella Kate. James enjoys sports, spending time with family, and anything in the outdoors.
Student PastorEmail Blake
Blake is from Tyler, Texas and is a graduate of Bullard High School. Blake earned both his Bachelors (2013) and Masters (2014) degrees from East Texas Baptist University. During his time at ETBU Blake met his lovely wife Brooke who teaches math at Carthage High School. Both Blake and Brooke served at Crossroads as volunteers in the youth group during college, until Blake became the youth pastor at the First Baptist Church of Mt. Enterprise. Blake enjoys running and being outdoors.
Children’s MinisterEmail Stacia
Stacia is the wife of our own James Runnels, and considers herself called by his side in ministry. A mother to their five girls, life is always busy, but blessed! Stacia actively volunteers in our community and schools, and has served in nearly every area of church ministry over the last 18 years. When she is not taking care of our Crossroads children (or her own!), she also enjoys speaking at women’s ministry events as time permits. Graduating from Baylor University in 1993 with a BS in Education, she specialized in Early Childhood and minored in Psychology. Stacia oversees all of our children’s activities from birth through 6th grade and joined our staff in 2010. She feels blessed to be a part of a ministry that facilitates a knowledge and love of Christ in the hearts of children each and every week. “When I see a little one come to Christ, or children singing praises to their Savior in VBS, or witness them learning who Jesus is for the very first time in Sunday School I am moved beyond words and my eyes well up with tears. That’s how I know I am in the right place in ministry. Seeing their lives changed is ‘why we do what we do’!”
Food Service Specialist, Stephanie Huffman