Our Team


Crosby Church is blessed with a dedicated and gifted team comprised of people 
who desire to ignite in others a passion to follow Jesus. 

Our staff is committed to the following.

Biblical core values

Biblical purposes & priorities
Christlike, Spirit-directed leadership
Excellence
Good stewardship
Team unity

Glorifying  Jesus in all we do

As a church team, we seek to build and maintain an environment of trust, encouragement,  and accountability,  while remaining focused on our God-given mission.   Our staff is committed to helping equip the people of Crosby Church to know and become  like Christ, experience true biblical community, fulfill their God-ordained calling and purpose, and bring maximum glory to God. 

Senior Staff

Keenan & Lorie Smith 

Lead Pastors

Keenan and Lorie Smith became Lead Pastors of Crosby Church in 2003. Since then they have introduced fresh and exciting change. A man of positive dynamics, Keenan proclaims Jesus Christ as Lord and stretches the Crosby Church congregation with biblical principles rooted in a ministry philosophy that seeks to 'Build the Person, Build the Body, and Build the Kingdom.' A gracious, gentle, and caring person, Lorie oversees the women's ministry and is affectionately called the 'first lady' of Crosby Church.

Originally from a small town in Illinois, Keenan had a life-changing experience as a teen when his father, an alcoholic, gave his heart to Jesus Christ. Having witnessed his father's genuine transformation, Keenan also gave his life to the Lord—a decision that forever altered the course of his life. Obeying the call of God, Keenan entered the ministry in 1982. While serving God, he also started a small construction company, building homes and swimming pools.

Keenan’s wife, Lorie, was also born and raised in Decatur, where her parents have pastored since 1961.  She and Keenan met in church and were married in 1981. Lorie worked as a nurse in the early years of their marriage and later helped her husband build the construction company. However, she maintained her focus on raising their three children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord and assisting Keenan in the ministry.

In 1991, the couple moved to the Houston area where Keenan ministered in Pasadena, Texas. In 1999, with his considerable experience in school-based ministry and crusades, Keenan and four close friends established Team Impact, an international group of professional athletes who used their God-given abilities to touch the lives of nearly a million public school students each year, as well as thousands of others at evening crusades around the world. The team was on television in over 200 nations.

A firm believer in community involvement, Keenan has been a Crosby-Huffman Chamber of Commerce member since 1995 and a Chamber Board member since 1996. In 2004, he and Lorie founded Crosby Care—Meeting the Needs of People, Inc., a non-profit organization that offers a low-cost alternative for groceries and helps to clothe hundreds of children every Christmas.

One thing  Keenan and Lorie have learned - “When we lean in to the things of God, He is always able to pour into us.” Pastor Keenan and Lorie invite you to 'Lean in'!

Bert Watson

 Equipping and Missions 

After 35 years as a missionary and pastor developing Christian leaders in Africa, Dr. Bert Watson joined the Crosby Church ministry team in Spring 2019. He met Keenan in South Africa in 1996 while coordinating a major outreach in which Keenan played a key role.  Bert is married to Surette, a South African, and they have three grown children, all of whom have been involved in ministry. His passions include teaching God’s word for transformation, equipping people for ministry, developing biblical leaders, and multiplying the church’s worldwide missional impact. Bert holds a MA in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary and a PhD in Practical Theology from South African Theological Seminary (SATS), where he develops and teaches courses on biblical leadership for emerging and existing church leaders from many nations.   He is also the founder of Leading Edge Christian Ministries, an organization devoted to the training and development of church leaders in the Majority World.  Like the apostle Paul, his desire is to see every believer ‘fully developed’ in Christ (Col. 1:28).

John Satherley

Care Pastor

John serves the Crosby Church community as a Family Care Pastor. A native of England naturalized as a U.S. citizen, John holds dear to his English origins  but enjoys his adopted Texas lifestyle.  His ministerial duties at Crosby Church primarily involve hospital and home visitations, spiritual counseling, organizing/officiating funerals and weddings, altar prayer and counseling, and other practical family matters. He also oversees the annual Clothe-a-Child fundraising golf tournament. John served in the Royal Air Force until 1979, after which he graduated in 1981 from North Staffordshire  Polytechnic with a B.Sc. in mechanical engineering.  John's past experience in personnel management, refined by the wisdom of the Holy Spirit, has enabled him to administer God’s love appropriately to people experiencing life’s difficulties. 1988 was a life-changing year for John. He met Jesus Christ and he met his first wife, Peggy, marrying her the following year.  Peggy served as Pastor Keenan's personal assistant for many years. They were blessed with two wonderful sons, Trevor in 1994 and Aaron in 1996. Peggy went to be with the Lord in 2015.  John has since remarried in 2017 to Vicky and they reside in Huffman, Texas.

Ministries to Students, Children, and Families

Josh Powell

Associate Pastor  -  Students

Josh Powell is Crosby Church's student pastor.  Together with his wife, Rhonda, he oversees Activate Youth, a life-changing ministry for  high school and middle school students from across the region (https://www.crosbychurch.com/activate-students).   A multi-talented individual, he is also involved in the church's media ministry. Josh loves basketball and played on the Indiana state basketball team in 1999. It was through sports that he became friends with a Christian teenager in high school. This teen and his family invited Josh to an outdoor Christian music festival, where a man who had never met Josh approached him and began to speak to him about things only God could have known. Josh received Jesus as his Lord and Savior and began attending church.  A few years later, God called him into ministry and Josh became a licensed minister. In 2004, Josh met his wife, Rhonda, who was quite involved in missions, and they married the next year.  They served as youth pastors in their home state before accepting a call to Crosby Church. Josh and Rhonda have a passion to see teens come to know and love Jesus Christ and, through effective discipleship, walk out their faith in everyday life.  They live in Huffman and have three children.

Tom Long 

Associate Pastor  -  Children/Families

Born in 1979,  Tom Long grew up in Indiana. He married his best friend Chandella in 2001, exactly one year after meeting her at a Christian camp.  She ate a piece of his pizza and, as Tom says, "It was love at first bite!"  Tom and Chandella have served in various ministry roles for over 20 years.  Having joined our staff in 2019 as Pastor of Children and Young Families, Tom heads up our dynamic children's ministry 'Activate Kids' (see www.crosbychurch.com/activate-kids), as well as our special VBS and Halloween children's events. Chandella, who serves as one of the church's worship leaders, was a preacher's kid and has been involved in music ministry her whole life. Tom and Chandella have five amazing children. Three are teenagers and two are toddlers. As Tom often says “Someone is always crying at our house”. When asked as a child what he wanted to be when he grew up, Tom said, “I want to be a dad”. He loves every aspect of the calling to be a father. Family is the second most important thing in their lives behind their love for Christ. Crosby Church's children’s department is dedicated to helping your kids experience the love and presence of God. Tom believes that children are the most important members of the church and treats them accordingly. He and Chandella have a God-given calling and passion to help young families, both children and parents, develop a deeper, more authentic, transformational relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Children need an understanding of the Father’s love and grace, and young parents need practical teaching, guidance, and encouragement as they seek to raise their children in a way that honors God. 

Denita Owens

Early Childhood Children's Minister  

Denita has been a member at Crosby Church for many years and often says, “I love my church!” Highly qualified, she has 29 years of experience in public school education from PreK3 all the way up to 21 year olds and holds a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and superintendent certificate.  One of her favorite Bible verses is Proverbs 22:6. “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Denita wholeheartedly believes that parental input combined with effective preschool ministry provide a solid foundation for that training.  A truly committed servant of the Lord, Denita says, “I will continue to lean in to the things that God has for me here at Crosby Church and will strive to serve parents, young children, and babies in every way that the Lord enables me.” Denita is married to Cliff and has two beautiful daughters, Katie and Kara, both of whom regularly volunteer at church events.

Rhonda Powell

Mother's Day Out Minister/ Student Ministry

Rhonda Powell is married to Josh, Crosby Church's student pastor.  In addition to her work with teens, Rhonda has been the minister and director of Mothers' Day Out since February 2017. Uniquely qualified, she is both a licensed minister and a qualified educator. Rhonda graduated Summa Cum Laude from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee with a bachelor's degree in education with a licensure for K-8. She proceeded to obtain her Indiana teaching license and taught there for over 10 years. She is now a licensed teacher in the state of Texas. Her teaching experience is broad. She has worked with many different age groups, served in preschool and children's ministry, directed church programs for youth, and even served overseas as a missionary. Her vision for our program is to provide a ministry led by a caring and competent teaching team that not only helps children develop socially, spiritually, emotionally, and academically, but also encourages and builds up parents, grandparents, and other caregivers. Her goal is for each child to be kindergarten ready and able to start school on the right foot - maybe even a few steps ahead.  

Leslie Crain

Ministry Assistant

Leslie Crain serves on Crosby Church’s ministry team.  She welcomes guests to weekly church services and shares the truth and goodness of God during the transition from worship to preaching.  She also teaches a Sunday equipping class and assists with ministry to women and young people.

Leslie and her husband, Chris, have been happily married since 2003 and have two beautiful daughters.  They joined Crosby Church in 2007. Describing herself as “an all or nothing kind of girl”, Leslie has pursued a close relationship with the Lord Jesus ever since he first laid hold on her life in 2007. Her passion is to speak God's truth in love and see lives transformed by Jesus Christ. One of her favorite scripture passages is Jeremiah 17:7-8. "Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit." Leslie holds a BBA in Human Resources from from Tarleton State University and has worked in insurance for the last 18 years. Outside of family, church, and work, she enjoys running, cycling, and other outdoors activities, as well as all things to do with coffee.

Marty Thompson

Executive Pastor 

Marty Thompson joined the Crosby Church team as Executive Pastor in 2017. He has many years of experience assisting churches to become more effective in their outreach and discipleship programs, resulting in significant growth.  He holds a Masters Degree in Religious Education from New Orleans Theological Seminary.   Pastor Marty oversees and coordinates most of  the church's programs and volunteers. He also assists with preaching and teaching on a regular basis. He is especially known for for his wonderful story-telling ability.  

Worship Ministry

Chandella Long

Worship Minister

Growing up as a 'pastor's kid', Chandella Long has been in ministry her whole life. As a teenager she traveled the country with her family singing Southern Gospel music. Several of the group's songs featured in the 'top 25' charts. Chandella has been a worship leader for the last 20 years and is familiar with every aspect of the worship experience and ministry team. Chandella has also been practicing as a registered nurse (R.N.) for the past 10 years. She is married to Tom, the church's Children's/Families Pastor, and they have 5 amazing kids ranging in age from 3 to 19. 

David Valadez

Worship Minister

After growing up in church, David began playing piano at the age of 20 and quickly realized he was called to music ministry. He graduated from Texas Bible Institute in 1999 and immediately began leading worship in his local church. He has served Crosby Church as a worship minister since January 2021. David has a heart for serving the church and a passion for teaching people how worship works to bless the Lord and His people. He and his wife, Heather, were married in 2007 and live in League City with their three precious children. David also works full-time as a regional fire inspector. 

Church Operations

Tiffany Muller 

Minister of Business & Finance 

Tiffany serves as Business Manager for Crosby Church. Tiffany was raised in church and comes from a family of ministers. She became a Christian in her grandfather’s church in Decatur, Illinois. In 2004, Tiffany received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a Minor in Accounting,  graduating Magna Cum Laude. She received her Master in Business Administration in 2005 from Texas A&M University-Commerce in Commerce, Texas, where she met her future husband. After graduation, Tiffany pursued a career in the banking industry at Alliance Bank in Dallas, Texas, working up from teller to the Chief Financial Officer’s Financial Assistant in nine short months. During that time, she also held the position of Purchasing Clerk.   In 2007, Tiffany married her South African husband, Aldo. They relocated to Crosby the following year, and she accepted the position of Business Manager at Crosby Church.  In addition to her work at the church, she is involved with the local Chamber of Commerce. Tiffany’s hobbies include quilting and dirt bike riding. Her life revolves around her family and church.

Judy Shann

Receptionist

Judy Shann has been involved with Crosby Church since 2006.  She has served in the front office for six years. Prior to that, she served with Mother's Day Out.  Judy is originally from Baytown and has been married to Joe for 21 years. She is blessed with three children and twelve grandchildren! Her hobbies include crafting and spending time with her grandchildren.

Alejandra Wheatfall

Assistant to Minister of Business & Finance

Alejandra Wheatfall joined our team in August 2021. She assists Tiffany with church business and finance. With her cheerful disposition and heart to serve, she fit in immediately.  One of the things she is known for is her encouraging smile. As Alejandra says, "I love to smile even during the tough times of life!"
Alejandra is married to Ashton and has a precious one-year-old daughter named Azalah.  Being a wife and a mom has only made her relationship with Christ stronger and increased her desire  to serve him in everything she does.  Alejandra has been involved in church life since her early teen years.  When she was younger, she sang on the worship team at an all Spanish church and hopes to continue to grow and write her  story here at Crosby Church in a new area of ministry. Alejandra is currently finishing her college degree.  She enjoys family time and cook outs. 

Bill Roberts

Facilities 

After 15 years as an active member, Bill Roberts became  Crosby Church's facilities manager in 2015.  With 40 years in construction, he brings valuable expertise and experience to the church. In addition to managing the facilities and grounds, Bill also operates the sound desk during worship services.  He often says, "I love my church!" Bill and his wonderful wife, Debra, have been married for 22 years. Together, they have five children,  twelve grandchildren, and two great grandchildren!