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 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 exalt  and become  like Christ, experience true biblical community, and fulfill their God-ordained calling and purpose. 

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'!

Marty Thompson

Executive Pastor

Marty Thompson joined the Crosby Church staff in May 2017.  He oversees most of the church's volunteer ministries and programs and assists with counseling and teaching. He loves people, has a wonderful sense of humor, and is a gifted story teller. Marty holds a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana Tech University and a master’s degree from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Over the past 30 years, he has served in churches ranging from 500 to over 6,000 in membership. Many of these churches were among his state's top 10 in percentage growth, Sunday school attendance, and baptisms during his tenure. Marty has two daughters:  Anna, who is married and serves as as executive assistant at a church in Florida,  and Maddie, who is involved in real estate in Tennessee. 

Bert Watson

 Equipping and Missions Pastor

After 35 years as a missionary developing Christian leaders in Africa, Dr. Bert Watson joined the Crosby Church ministry team in Spring 2019. Bert met Keenan in South Africa in 1996 when he was coordinating a major outreach in which Keenan played a major role.  Bert's passions include teaching God’s word for transformation, equipping people for ministry, developing biblical leaders, and multiplying the church’s worldwide missional impact. Like the apostle Paul, his desire is to see every believer ‘fully developed’ in Christ (Col. 1:28).  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 countries.   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.  Bert is married to Surette, a South African, and they have three grown children, all of whom have been involved in ministry.

John Satherley

Family 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.

Worship

Jonathan Rangel

Worship Minister  

Jonathan is the worship and music minister at Crosby Church. He oversees, develops, and coordinates Crosby Church’s worship teams and selects music for worship services and other events. The son of Rev. Roberto and Lupita Rangel, Jonathan has a long and rich history in ministry. He began singing at the age of four and gave his heart to the Lord Jesus at six. Within a year, his interest in music, piano, and leading worship began to blossom. He is blessed with a strong lead voice and wonderful skill on the piano and organ. In addition to leading worship, Jonathan is a voice trainer, songwriter, and producer. He also composes, arranges, and charts music for musicians for studio and live performances. With his love for Jesus and people, he enjoys inspiring and equipping others to discover and develop their music gifts and use them to glorify God.  Jonathan is married to Lucy and they live in Crosby.

Ministries to Youth and Children

Josh Powell

Associate Pastor Student Ministry

Josh Powell is Crosby Church's student pastor.  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 through the Bethel Ministerial Association. 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's Ministry

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, Tom now leads Crosby Church's children's ministry team. Chandella, who serves on the church's worship team, was a preacher's kid and has been involved in 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. Tom has a God-given passion and calling to teach and guide children to a greater love and knowledge of Christ. Children need an understanding of the Father’s love. 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. 

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 Director/ Student Ministry

Rhonda Powell is married to Josh, Crosby Church's student pastor.  In addition to her work with teens, Rhonda has been the director of Mothers' Day Out Director since February 2017. Uniquely qualified, she 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, and directed church programs for youth. Her vision for our program is to provide a ministry that will allow parents and grandparents the much needed break they often need while also helping their children develop socially, spiritually, emotionally and academically. Her goal is for each child that goes through our MDO program to be kindergarten ready and able to start school on the right foot, and maybe even a few steps ahead. 

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.

Caleb Sutton

Digital Media

Caleb Sutton serves Crosby Church in digital media production and distribution.  He produces video content, handles social media and podcast distribution, and assists with Facebook livestreams.  He also assists with youth and young adult ministry. At 6'7", he is someone we all look up to! Before joining the Crosby Church team, Caleb played professional basketball internationally.  He also sings, composes lyrics, and performs hip hop.  He graduated in 2012 from Judson University with a B.A. in Communication.

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!