The Prophet Ezekiel wrote to the leaders of God’s people, 600 years before Christ, “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy, and say to them, even to the shepherds, Thus says the Lord God: Ah, shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep? 3 You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat ones, but you do not feed the sheep. 4 The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, the strayed you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness you have ruled them. 5 So they were scattered, because there was no shepherd…..” In Ezekiel 34, we see this scathing rebuke to those who failed to shepherd the flock of God, using abusive, authoritarian, and manipulative leadership. In recent years, we have witnessed this type of leadership in many churches, across many denominations (including our own denomination, the PCA).
Every church has a culture, an ethos. Whenever people gather together and work together, a culture is created based on the various personalities and beliefs of each individual. What is the culture of Crosspoint like? Or, what is the culture that we would like to see develop at Crosspoint?
Our goal is to create a culture that is safe and “smells” like Jesus, a culture of grace, not only in word, but in practice. Gospel qualities in a leader always precede their ministry skills (1 Corinthians 3:5-23; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9). Someone may be an awesome preacher, but if that guy is a narcissistic jerk, well that’s not really helpful to the people the preacher works alongside. The most significant qualities for any leader in the church is a deep love for Jesus, a deep love for others, and a deep understanding of Jesus’ love for oneself. All of this cultivates a deep humility in the leader. They lead out of the redemptive grace that they have received. They lead out of their weakness and dependence on the Lord. Jesus said to His disciples (when they were jockeying for power and status), “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:25-28).
Jesus turns “leadership” upside down! Not a “top down” approach. The way of Jesus is serving, rather than dictating. Gospel leaders are not to be arrogant, rude, disrespectful, condescending, etc. (see 1 Corinthians 13, Galatians 5, and 1 Peter 5). Gospel leaders lead out of a humble confidence that can only come from the grace of Jesus and what He has accomplished for us. In church leadership, tone is everything. If our tone is harsh and we make someone feel inferior, or insecure, or afraid, or stupid, or not good enough, then we have failed them as their leader. Even in rare circumstances when a leader has to call out another leader or volunteer, that has to come from a safe place (Galatians 6:1-3). The gospel is what provides the safe place to work alongside others. This is the culture we are after at Crosspoint, a culture of grace.
Rev. Scott Stewart
Pastor Scott has been at Crosspoint since June of 2018. He is married to Amy and they have two boys, Luke (21) and Jack (19). Jesus drew Scott to Himself in the Fall of 1987 through the ministry of Young Life in Charlotte, NC (East Meck High School). Scott is an Alumnus of ASU (1992) and he has a heart for the students of APP and desires for them to experience the pervasive grace of Jesus and that He is the Hero of every story. He served for 11 years in youth ministry on Young Life Staff and in local churches. He is also an alumnus of RTS Charlotte (MDiv, 2002) and has planted two churches (Grace Foothills in Tryon, NC and Midtown East in Nashville, TN). Scott loves spending time with his wife and boys, watching Oscar-worthy films, or anything that Aaron Sorkin has done, and discussing them over coffee, reading, hiking, skiing, kickball, and hanging with their Boston Terrier, Phoebe. Scott is also a spiritual abuse survivor and has a heart for those who find themselves in the fog of abuse, of any type. To read the PCA Report on Abuse, click here. You can also watch the Committee Report at the 2022 General Assembly in Birmingham here.
Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries
Sarah moved to Boone in 2011 to attend Appalachian State University. She graduated with a degree in Elementary Education in 2015 and taught at Valle Crucis School from 2015-2019 as the Academically/Gifted Specialist. Sarah started attending Crosspoint while in college and was very excited to begin serving in the role of Children’s and Youth Ministry directory in 2019. Sarah is passionate about the church supporting and caring for one another’s needs, especially through the means of children, youth, and family ministry.
Director of Worship
Daniel came to Boone in 2008 and began attending Crosspoint with his wife Sarah in fall 2019. He holds a degree in Worship Studies from Liberty University and loves helping people use their creative gifts to advance the gospel. When he isn’t playing music, Daniel loves riding motorcycles, playing soccer, skiing, and watching low budget sci-fi movies.
Rebecca moved to Boone in 2020 and has been at Crosspoint with her family ever since. By training, Rebecca is a teacher and has taught adult ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) since 2014 and loves teaching and learning alongside people from all over the globe. She is also passionate about serving the local church. She is married to Christian, and they have two daughters, Kaitlyn and Melanie. You can often find Rebecca reading, enjoying time in the kitchen, or drawing with her girls.
Tom has been in Boone since 2014 when he and his wife, Emma, moved here to found the non-profit Appalachian Mountain Leadership, where he currently serves as Executive Director. Since graduation from Clemson in 2007, Tom has been in the field of Outdoor Education with special emphasis in utilizing adventure programming for both missions and discipleship. Tom loves being an educator. He has an M.A. in Educational Ministries from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and he is excited to serve the church that he and his family have considered home since 2014. Tom, Emma, and their daughter, Adah, can be found adventuring together around the high country- hiking, climbing, running, and porch sitting.
Raven moved to Boone in 2014 as a student attending Appalachian State University. She graduated in 2019 with a degree in Accounting, and has stayed in the High Country ever since. After her graduation, she met her husband Daniel and got married in 2021. You can often find them playing board games, reading, at the movies, or exploring a new recipe together.
Lionel van der Westhuizen
Lionel is a general surgeon with Watauga Surgical Group, and has been in Boone since 2014. He and his wife Stephanie have 4 children– Elie, John, Caleb and Joel.
Daniel Law has been at Crosspoint since 2008 and has served as an elder since 2015. He and his wife Molly have 5 children- Sophie, Xander, Wade, Teagen and Vivienne.
Joey has been at Crosspoint since 2017 when he and his family moved to Boone. He began serving as an elder in 2023. Joey works in the athletics department at App State. He and his wife, Gwen, have three children – JW, Gabe, and Violet.
Deacons and Assistants to the Deacons
It is because of the great mercy of God toward us that we have the impulse to show mercy to others. The mercy and kindness of the Lord is comforting and healing in times of trouble and the church is to be an extension/reflection of God’s kindness and response to suffering in the world. Crosspoint’s Diaconate Ministry comes alongside the “widows and orphans” in our community. This team of trained men and women will be the “first responders” to care for the physical needs of people in our congregation and also in our community. Crosspoint has two Deacons (Wes Hawkins and Drew Hilton) and three Assistants to the Deacons (Molly Law, Asher Bray, and Michelle Larsen). If you have a need, you can reach out to them at [email protected].