Meet Our Pastor and His Family
Justyn Smith is an Illinois boy from birth, and he spent his teenage years as a member of Crossroads Baptist Church.
As a child, after coming under the conviction of his sin against the holy God, he knelt by
his bedside under his parent's guidance, and cried out for salvation in Jesus' name. He was later baptized as a teenager at Crossroads Baptist Church. At a very pivotal point in his life, God gripped his heart with the need to be involved in full-time Christian service as Bro
preached a powerful message from Proverbs 28:1 at a Youth Congress Meeting held by Bayview Baptist Church. God then called him to attend Pensacola Christian College where he met his lovely bride, Rachel Smith.
Rachel Smith is Alaskan Grown. She, just as her husband, was saved as a child and her parents had the privilege of leading her to the Lord. A few years later, Rachel was baptized at her church in Anchorage, Alaska. As a young teenager, she dedicated her life to full-time Christian service. God led Rachel to Pensacola Christian College to study Church Music.
Justyn and Rachel were married on July 21st, 2007. Immediately thereafter they entered into the youth pastorate at Princeville Baptist Church under Pastor Lee Taylor. Within nine months, God clearly led them into the itinerant ministry of Evangelism. They spent four and a half years traveling all across America and into Canada, Mexico, and India preaching the Word of God. To God's glory, there were over 300 salvation decisions, and hundreds, if not thousands, of dedication decisions.
In January 2012, God made it very clear through prayer and fasting that Justyn and Rachel Smith were to step toward the pastorate of Crossroads Baptist Church. So in September 2012, after fulfilling their evangelism responsibilities, they began their new journey together as Justyn assumed the role as Pastor of Crossroads Baptist Church.
Lydia Grace was born to Pastor and Rachel on February 16th, 2017. To God be the glory!
Meet Our Assistant Pastor and His Family
James Schneider grew up in rural North Carolina. He grew up going to Oak Level Baptist Church in Stokesdale, North Carolina. There, Pastor Jerry Walker faithfully preached the Bible. At 17 years old, the blinders of being "good in religion" fell off and James came to know the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Saviour. Not long after his salvation experience, the Lord called James to be a gospel preacher. He graduated in 2009 from the Crown College of the Bible and moved back to North Carolina to teach in a Christian school. In 2011, James married his bride, Faith Green, and moved north to help in the ministry of Faith Baptist Church in Kokomo, Indiana. He served with Faith in the youth ministry for three and a half years, and in the spring of 2014 God began directing in a different direction. After much prayer, James led his family to Peoria, Illinois and happily accepted the opportunity to be part of the ministry at Crossroads Baptist Church.
Bella Grace was born on May 14th, 2013, and Matthew James was born on February 15th, 2016 to the Schneiders. To God be the glory!