Tom Stipe was born and raised in Southern California. A calling to ministry came early for Stipe when he became a Methodist Youth Director at age eighteen. During this time he was quickly exposed to a budding church movement being held in the bean fields of Costa Mesa, CA. Tom’s charismatic presence, strong teaching, and musical talent made him a pivotal player at the Genesis of the “Jesus Movement” from 1970-1976. Serving on the Pastoral staff of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa under the guidance of Chuck Smith, Tom’s primary responsibility became the evangelism surrounding the Saturday Night Maranatha! Concerts. Tom enjoyed partnering with many of the bands and soloists who used this outlet to perform original songs coming from their experiences in Christ. This led to the inception of Maranatha! Music, for which Tom produced multiple records. From the opening of the “tent days” until the summer of 1976 Tom Stipe taught the Bible, produced records and led worship as multiple thousands of young people and their families passed through or joined Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa.
In the late 70’s, as Stipe was traveling with his band he felt called to move to Colorado. He used his unique skill set as a pastor and musician to plant a church in the western suburbs of Denver. And as his young church began to thrive and grow he was approached by John Wimber to help launch Vineyard Ministries International in 1982. Tom’s experience on the musical forefront of the “Jesus Movement” clearly impacted his early leadership role within the Vineyard and its legacy of strong worship music.
Throughout the 80’s Stipe’s church became one of the largest in the Denver Metro area growing to over 7,500 members. A popular teacher, Tom’s reputation for humorous insight and excellent Bible exposition made him a prominent figure in the community even serving ten years as Chaplain Deputy Sheriff for Adams County and six years as Team Chaplain for the Denver Broncos.
Tom also continued his song writing and music ministry releasing a country album titled “Never Too Late”. He hit the road opening for country star Ricky Skaggs traveling internationally as far as Russia. He also played for President George Bush during his election campaign and for Pope John Paul at World Youth Day in Denver.
Tom has also been featured on his own radio show called Crossover with Tom Stipe and as a guest host on Hank Haanagraff’s Bible Answer Man.
Currently Tom continues to pastor Crossroads Church of Denver and is on the Board of Elders for the Calvary Chapel Association of Churches. He travels often teaching at events around the world, mentoring new church leaders and continues to influence young musicians and artists. He has been married to his wife and ministry partner Maryellen Stipe for 42 years and together they share three adult children Jennifer Mouttet, Allison Schwab and Thomas Stipe.
Brandon Hoover is the Associate Pastor at Crossroads Church of Denver. Having grown up in the church, Brandon was familiar with the things of God from a very early age. When he was 20 years old the “things of God” became a personal relationship with the living God. Feeling a call to the ministry, Brandon finished his Bachelor of Arts in History at Washington State University and began his Master of Divinity from Multnomah Biblical Seminary. After graduating from Multnomah in 1997, he came on staff at Crossroads Community Church in Vancouver, WA as the College/Career Pastor and remained there for six years overseeing the Young Adults Ministry, baptisms, and newcomer assimilation.
Brandon and his wife, Karen, then felt a call to Denver, Colorado. In January of 2002, they moved
here to plant a church. After three years of church planting, and all the related struggles, Brandon came on staff at Crossroads Church of Denver in January 2005.
Brandon, Karen, and their three children, Alexandra, Brycen, and Mackenzie love to ski, mountain bike, play soccer, wakeboard, and spend time together with family and friends.
Kory Brunson is the Worship Pastor at Crossroads Church of Denver. Kory has been a musician all of his life but only recently has he considered it a full-time occupation. In addition to leading worship he also enjoys writing and performing in the “Kory Brunson Band”. He and his band mates, Craig, David, and Joe call their country music act “The most inappropriately named band in Denver” as they all contribute.
Kory believes that the worshiping of God reveals itself in MANY ways, music just being one of them. In his words “Ultimately, I believe that the Word tells us that the overall positioning of our hearts in ALL that we do, day to day, is true worship. I do consider it a privilege to provide people with an opportunity to meet and spend time with Christ. Ultimately, I know that I have no power of my own. The decision to seek the Lord is up to each person individually. My goal is to always do my best to pursue excellence, be obedient, and leave the rest up to God. In addition to performing music myself I also enjoy teaching others how to grow and participate in creating music.
Kory and his wife, Meggin, have two wonderful sons Konner and Mitchell.
Erik Miller is the Youth Ministry Pastor at Crossroads Church of Denver. He began serving in youth ministry as a college student when a friend challenged him to start serving. When he was a junior at the University of Northern Colorado he felt the Lord calling him into ministry. After graduating from UNC in 2000, he started full-time youth ministry working in the Arvada and Wheat Ridge areas.
In Erik’s words “It is my blessing and privilege to serve Jesus Christ. My passion is to see students come to know the love of Jesus Christ at a deeper level. I believe in the power of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God to transform lives. As a servant, my goal is for students and families to experience Jesus and be shaped by the power of his love and forgiveness. I love being a pastor because it constantly challenges me to be a servant.”
Erik joined Crossroads Church of Denver in 2006 taking on the responsibility for the Sr. High Ministry. His responsibilities have increased to also include the Jr. High Ministry, Bulldog Backers, and Crossroads Fit.
Erik and his wife, Holly, have three wonderful children Paul, Hannah, and William. They love to hike, read books, go to the zoo, and wrestle.
Geoff Nelson is a Pastor at Crossroads Church of Denver. He and his wife Pam have been involved in ministry for over thirty years. From his tenure with Campus Crusade for Christ to pastoring a small church in the Colorado Mountains, Geoff brings a shepherd’s heart and a passion for community. Early in life he had a desire to be in ministry. At age twelve he would visit his pastor for prayer and they would go into the community together to talk with others about Christ. Completing his Masters in Counseling from Colorado Christian University has allowed Geoff to hone his skills in counseling.
Geoff believes in the power of healing as a community agent for the mess of life. Whether coming alongside someone individually or through small groups, he believes that God shows up in very real ways that move our hearts and souls through the process of change. In our post-modern world, people long to experience Christ but unfortunately the past and the future take us out of the present and keep us stuck. That “stuckness” thwarts the Holy Spirit and leaves us abandoned to the desires of the flesh. Our flesh hides our true beauty and keeps us busy sewing fancy fig leaves to hide in.
Creating connection and building community allows Geoff the opportunity to enter into a chaotic world and allow God to show up in real ways that impact our lives, our family, our community, and the world.