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Associational Mission Strategist for the Screven Baptist Association
While we search for an Interim Pastor, Dr. Ben Phillips and Dr. Richard Odom will be sharing the pulpit.
Richard Odom became the Associational Mission Strategist for the Screven Baptist Association in August 2019. Coming from a background in law enforcement, he has been involved in full-time pastoral ministry since 1994 and has pastored churches in North Carolina and Alabama.
Richard earned an Associates in Religion from Fruitland Bible Institute and a Bachelor’s in Theology from Covington Theological Seminary. He continued his theological studies by earning a Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a
Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
His passion in ministry has revolved around missions, evangelism and discipleship. He has served in various positions with the North Carolina Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention.
Richard is married to an incredible godly woman and loving wife, Joy. They have two daughters, Melissa and Megan, and two precious granddaughters, Avery and Ainsley. Together Richard and Joy enjoy spending the day riding their Harley Davidson Road Glide on the backroads of the Lowcountry or spending several days at a time touring parts of this country. Richard’s hobbies included hunting, fishing, and pretty much anything outdoors.
I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and accepted the Lord at the age of 18. When I was 19, I moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to further my music career in the secular music industry. I had been attending and serving at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale but it wasn’t until 2003 when God’s plan for my life became very clear to me. I gave up the secular music industry and gave my life over to the call of ministry. I was privileged to be a part of the Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale staff as an assistant worship leader / choir director as well as the chorus teacher for Calvary Christian Academy middle and high school. In 2011, God called our family to move to Virginia to start ministry. On June 18, 2012, I moved my family to Virginia on a faith journey and became the worship leader at Calvary Chapel Front Royal. Once again, God has called our family to move, but this time to the beautiful city of Summerville, South Carolina, where I now have the privilege of being the Worship Pastor here at Crossroads Community Church!
Life Verse: Psalm 146:1-2 “Praise the Lord! While I live, I will praise the Lord; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.”
Phil Wrenn and his wife, Teresa, are founding members of Crossroads Community Church. Phil joined the Crossroads staff in 2007, serving as headmaster of The Oaks Christian School until August 2012 when he accepted the position of Outreach Pastor. He also serves as one of the church’s original elders as well as a trustee.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from The University of North Carolina and retired from Lowe’s Companies after a 23-year career. Phil has a reputation for being a caring peacemaker, good friend and dedicated teacher. His passion for missions has taken him to many countries including Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and the Dominican Republic.
Phil is married to Teresa Wrenn who served for over 20 years as the church’s Preschool Director. They have two children, Dr. Amanda DelRe and Erin Wrenn.
Rhett Marley serves as our Media Director. He oversees our live streaming, photography and videography. Rhett has been serving on our staff since 2008. He graduated from Charleston Southern University in 2010 with a B.S. in Student Ministry. Rhett has a passion for photography, running marathons, playing guitar and drinking a ton of coffee… Good coffee! Rhett is married to Alicyne and they have three beautiful children, Dallas, Gavin and Madeline.
Ed Gravely is the Discipleship Pastor at Crossroads Community Church. He has been married to Angela for 22 years, and they have two children: Claire (13) and William (11). Ed also serves as Associate Professor of Christian Studies at Charleston Southern University, and before the Gravely’s moved to Charleston, Ed taught Greek and New Testament at Southeastern Seminary for more than a decade.
Care and Support Ministry Director
Debi Ford joined the staff as preschool director in the fall of 1993 after attending Crossroads with her family for a year. She now oversees the Care & Support ministry as well as the Women’s Ministry.
Debi and her husband, Terry, were foster parents for more than 25 years and were drawn to Crossroads as a church that ministered to children. Over time God has blessed them with many children of all ages who have stayed with the Fords, some for a night, some for a lifetime. They continue to keep their home open for anyone God sends their way. She and her husband, Terry, have five adult children, Trevor, Chasity, Clint, Tristan and TC.
Children's Ministry Director
Judi Boudreaux came to Summerville, SC with her husband and daughter in 2016 to support the ministry of Crossroads Community Church. Judi has an immeasurable passion for growing the gifts of youth and adults to help them meet their potential and use their talents for God’s glory. Judi used her giftings in the theater arts, music and event coordinating ministries as a teacher, director and program developer at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale for 13 years before coming here to South Carolina. For the past year Judi has been assisting the music ministry and youth worship part time and she is excited to see what the Lord does as she takes on the role of Children's Ministry Director at Crossroads.
Pastoral & Ministerial Secretary
Edith Turner has been a part of Crossroads since 1991 and has been on staff since 2000. She is the ministry assistant for Pastor Peppy. Her three children grew up in Crossroads and are now grown and serving the Lord in other places. She traveled to Uganda a few years ago on a Crossroads team and really loved that opportunity. She lives in a “house in the country” and enjoys traveling.
Cassie Ford has been a part of Crossroads since 2002 and came on staff as a part-time Ministry Assistant in 2010. She served as the Preschool Director from 2012-2015 and managed the church's website and social media accounts. With her love for graphic design, social media, marketing and a plethora of nerdy things, she transitioned to a full-time position as the Communications Director.
She is happily married to Tristan Ford, who has been serving in the Student Ministry on Wednesday nights since 2007. Together they have two children.
Michelle Bayles has been a part of Crossroads since 2007 and joined the staff as a part-time Ministry Assistant in 2014. Her husband, Glenn, is a Captain for the Town of Mount Pleasant Fire Department. Their two sons, Louis and Carter, are active at Crossroads as well. During the week, Michelle can usually be found either in the Finance Office or helping the Worship Pastor coordinate for Sunday. However on Sunday, look for her at the computer in the sound booth where she brings the word(s)!
Preschool Ministry Director
Jennifer was our Ministry Assistant in the office and then after some time spent as a stay at home Mom, Jennifer came back onto staff as the Director of the Preschool Department. Jennifer was born and raised here in Charleston. She was married to her husband Chris at CCC back in 2009 and we have an adorable rambunctious son named Kellan. She cannot wait to see the direction God will take her with the Preschoolers.
Zach has lived in Summerville his whole life. He graduated from Charleston Southern University with a Bachelors of Art in Student Ministry. He's married to his beautiful wife, Sarah. He's now currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity in Biblical Counseling at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Zach believes that investing in the next generation is an important calling in his life. He enjoys random facts, playing board games, and making people laugh!
Connect Ministries Director
Jeremy has lived in the greater Charleston area since 1999 when he moved here to attend Charleston Southern University. His high school sweetheart, Aleisha, moved here to attend college with Jeremy two years later. When she graduated in 2005, they were married. They don't currently have children but do have a beautiful 10-year-old dog named, Bethly. Jeremy graduated from CSU with his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and planned to become a doctor.
However, God had other plans and set Jeremy on a path that has led him to realize God's purpose for his life, full-time ministry. Jeremy joined our staff in 2015 as a pastoral intern and serves in both our education and outreach ministries as the Connect Ministries Director.
He's currently attending seminary to receive his Master's of Divinity.
John Evans has been on staff since 1999. John has been married to his wife Barbara for 32 years. They have 3 boys Jason, Wade and Casey who grew up here at Crossroads.
You can normally find John working on an AC unit, climbing scaffolding in the Sanctuary, running sound or singing on the Worship Team. Folks at Crossroads call him “Pops,” and you can too.
James Boudreaux, relocated to the Summerville area with his family in 2016 from Fort Lauderdale Florida. James is our newest staff member joining our team in March of 2018. James works in facilities, grounds, and security.
James and Judi were married in 2007 and have two children Joel (21) and Anjolie (8). He is involved in Awana as a small group leader, and volunteers with the student ministry.
David Branton, a lifelong resident of Summerville, received Christ at age 7, graduated The Citadel, and is President of Cornerstone Surveying & Engineering, Inc. David and Jean were married in 1983 and with their son Scott joined Crossroads in 1999. He is involved in teaching Connect Classes, Awana, Motorcycle Ministry, Emergency Response Team, and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief. David serves as Chairman of the Board of Awana Clubs International headquartered in Chicago.
Mike attended Muhlenberg College and Lehigh University in PA to study Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, leading to a career of 20 years in the cement manufacturing industry. He is the Operations Manager for an Argos USA cement plant in Harleyville, since relocating to SC in 2009.
As a member of Crossroads Community Church, Mike and his wife, Kim, have served in the Children’s and Youth ministries.
Jay has been a member of Crossroads since 1995. He retired from barbering after 40 years in 2005 and has been involved in volunteer church ministry since then. He is married to Mary (47 years) and they have two children and five grandchildren.
Dick Peterson, with his wife Elizabeth, joined Crossroads as an active member when the church was meeting in Rollings Elementary School auditorium. He was ordained to serve as an elder in 2007.
Dick is a retired journalist and graduate of the University of South Carolina, College of Journalism. Before joining the Air Force Reserve, Dick enlisted for active duty in the U.S. Navy, received an honorable discharge in 1970, and later served as a Navy reservist in Texas and South Carolina.
Dick and Elizabeth like to escape occasionally to the mountains of western North Carolina, but more frequently, Dick is on the lookout for any excuse to ride his motorcycle.
Has been a member of CCC since 1998 . He and his wife Taryn have 2 sons Matthew and Josh and 2 grandchildren, Ethan and Hannah .
Glenn grew up in the Summerville Community and played football for Coach John McKissick`s Summerville Green Wave. He works in the transportation industry as a Business Center Manager for Estes Express Lines. He loves sports and enjoys playing softball, golf and going fishing.
Nelson and his wife, Mandy, joined Crossroads in 2014. They have three children - Nehemiah, Gideon, and Naomi. Nelson and Mandy host a Connect Group and actively participate on Sunday mornings in various ministries.
Nelson earned his BS and MS from UCLA and works at the Boeing Company as an Engineer. Prior to his engineering career, Nelson played soccer professionally for 10 years. He is passionate about sharing the gospel of Christ and serving others.
At Crossroads, Ed is a Bible teacher and is sought after as a scriptural counselor. He is an elder and trustee. He and Gwen have been active teachers in the congregation since its beginning, especially in the area of parenting. Ed teaches an on-going course titled Parents Under Construction, which is based on scriptural truths and techniques used by “the perfect parent,” our heavenly Father.