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 to contact an elder, please email elders@crossroadschurch.com.

What do the Elders Do?

We often receive questions from Crossroads family members regarding the purpose of the elders in the church. Dr. David Smith, 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!


David & Karen Smith

Dr. David Smith has been married to Karen for 35 years. Together they have two children and three grandchildren. They have attended Crossroads since 1987. David and Karen are both graduates of Taylor University where they met, and soon after, married. David is a Clinical Psychologist. They both have traveled around the world helping missionaries and their families who are struggling. David and Karen enjoy exercising, hiking, running, traveling, and of course, the Broncos.


Wes & Heidi Simmons

Wes Simmons grew up in Corona and has lived in the area for over 40 years. He first attended Crossroads at the Rancho and Main Campus where he gave his life to Christ while in junior high. Wes is a graduate of Corona High School. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management. Wes is a Police Captain at a local municipality and currently serves with the First Responders Ministry. Wes’ two daughters attended Crossroads Christian Schools from preschool to middle school. Heidi, his wife of twenty years, was a teacher at Crossroads Christian Schools for several years. Wes enjoys spending time with his family at Disneyland and backpacking in the Sierras.


Mike & Diane Underwood

Mike Underwood married 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.