The elders, pastors, and We-Care ministry are available to pray and anoint people with oil in the Chapel on Mondays at 7pm. If you’d like for us to pray for you now, please click here.

What do the Elders Do?

We often receive questions from Crossroads family members regarding the purpose of the elders in the church. Mike Underwood, Chairman of the Elders, filmed a short video answering some of your questions regarding eldership!


Meet the Elders of Crossroads

As we talk about the direction we believe God is leading us, there’s no better time to introduce you to our Elders! Elders are mature Christian men who help Pastor Chuck set the vision and direction of our church and who regularly pray for our church. They are available for prayer and anointing on Monday nights in the Chapel at 7pm!

Mike & Diane Underwood

Mike Underwoodmarried Diane in 1973 and together they have 5 children, 10 grandchildren, and 1 great grandson. Mike enlisted in the Army in 1956, entered the Military Academy at West Point in 1957 and graduated in 1961. He retired in 1986 after serving for 30 years in the Army. In addition to the Bachelor’s Degree from West Point, he has 2 Masters Degrees (Master of Management Science and Master of Ministry) and he is an ordained pastor. Diane also is an ordained pastor and has a Bachelor of Ministry Degree. They have been members of Crossroads since 1984 and are very excited about where God is leading Crossroads. Mike and Diane like to travel (cruise or travel trailer) and Mike likes to take care of his rose garden. At Crossroads they are active in the Grief Share Ministry, and have had a LIFE Group meeting in their home for 30+ years.


Gary Lauren has been married 54 years to Carolyn and they have two sons and a grandson. Gary has been a Financial Professional for 42 years and is still serving his clients with the help of a young associate. He’s been the Team Leader for the Decision Counseling ministry for the last 17 years, which includes training all Decision Counselors as well as scheduling and conducting most baptisms at Crossroads. Gary and Carolyn also host and lead a Life Group in their home and have done so for the 18 years that they have been members of Crossroads. They love to spend time with their 7 year old Grandson, Mason, and have travelled extensively across the globe and hope to be able to continue to do so.


JT Thomas and his wife Carolyn came to Crossroads in 1982. They have 5 grown children and live in Menifee, California. JT came on to the Elder board in 1994 after retiring from Certified Grocers after 34 years. He served on the School board for 2 years, and as an usher, communion server, leader in Encore, and Monday Night Prayer for the past 22 years. Carolyn has decision counseled at Crossroads for the past 22 years!


Joe Vargas
Joe and Jennifer have been married for 33 years. They have three married children, six grandchildren and one on the way. They have been members of Crossroads since 1992. Joe is a retired Police Captain and continues to serve as a law enforcement consultant. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management and a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice. Joe serves as a First Responder and volunteers with Royal Family and our Next Generation Ministries. Jennifer serves in Global Outreach and Next Generation Ministries. Joe and Jennifer enjoy traveling and “trying” to stay fit.


Don Montgomery
Lisa and Don have been attending Crossroads since April 2007. Don serves as a Leader in the Decision Counseling Ministry and has facilitated Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. Lisa is a Decision Counselor and is passionate about discipleship. She also has a heart for Prison Ministry. Our passion is to see people grow into a deep and loving relationship with Jesus. We envision mentoring young adults as a next step in our journey of obedience to God’s calling in our lives.


Kerry Casler
Kerry Casler married Sharon in 1973. They have 4 children and 8 grandchildren. Kerry holds a Master’s Degree in Business and is working on his Doctorate. Kerry retired from aerospace and now works at the family farm. Sharon, a graduate of Pacific Christian College, holds a Master’s Degree in Education. She is a retired teacher and volunteers at the Food Pantry. They have attended Crossroads since 2008. Both help take care of their elderly parents, enjoy mission work, traveling, NASCAR, and rodeo.


Stefan Lanthier
Stefan & Melissa Lanthier have been married for 13 years. They have 2 precious little girls Tuscany (10), and Siena (7) who attend Crossroads Christian School. Stefan & Melissa have been a part of Crossroads since 2010. Stefan loves sharing about the Lord and helping the youth and has been a part of decision counseling for 6 years, and VBS for 3 years. Stefan is a licensed civil engineer, land surveyor, A & B general contractor, and real estate sales person. Stefan has been the owner of Cornerstone Land Surveying, Inc., a civil engineering & land surveying company for 20 years. The Lanthier’s live on a small farm in Lake Mathews with a horse, 4 sheep, a pig, 2 bunnies, 2 chickens, a cat and dog. The Lanthier’s have a passion for bible study, worship, prayer, evangelism, missions, and helping those in need. They love adventure, off roading, traveling, swimming, painting, fishing, working the farm, beach days surfing, snorkeling, and scuba diving.


Kenny Sutton
Ken has been married to Phyllis his best friend for 31 years. They have two young adult children. They have been attending Crossroads since 1994. Phyllis is the middle school principal here at Crossroads where she children and their families to Christ through worship and God centered education. Ken recently retired after a 30 year career in law enforcement with the Long Beach Police Department. He currently serves decision counseling, and in the care ministry as a lay counselor. Ken and Phyllis enjoy traveling with their kids and home remodeling projects.