“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” (Ephesians 4:11–16)
Dr. Sam Tyson, Teaching Pastor
Sam's primary roles are leading the congregation in preaching/teaching, discipleship, as well as leading the staff team.
Sam is a North Carolina native, having grown up near Charlotte. After completing his degree at North Carolina State University, God called him to consider full-time pastoral ministry. This led him to Dallas, Texas, to attend Dallas Theological Seminary to complete his Master of Theology degree. While in Dallas, Sam served on staff at Fellowship Bible Church. During this time, he also met and married his wife, Evelyn. Sam and Evelyn then moved to Louisville, KY where Sam completed his Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The Tysons are blessed with two beautiful daughters.
Before coming to CrossWay Bible Church, Sam served as the director of the Ministry Placement office and an adjunct professor at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Sam is passionate about preaching God's Word as well as shepherding and equipping Christ’s followers to integrate the truths of Scripture into their everyday lives.
Daniel Collier, Associate Pastor
Daniel's primary roles are youth ministry, evangelism, and pastoral care.
Daniel is a native of Festus, Missouri, a small town about 30 miles south of St. Louis. Having felt a call to ministry as a teenager, Daniel graduated high school and attended Boyce College at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky where he received his B.A. in Expository Preaching and Pastoral Leadership. During his time in college, Daniel served in internships with the Missouri Baptist Convention as well as within various youth ministry contexts. While in Louisville, Daniel also served as an associate pastor of youth at Hopewell Baptist Church in Jeffersontown, Kentucky.
In the Summer of 2019 Daniel and his wife, Molly, transitioned to Kansas City for him to continue his education at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he is working toward completing his Master of Divinity degree. Daniel and Molly have two wonderful children. Daniel is passionate to see a more faithful generation of believers follow after him to advance the mission of Christ, both locally and globally.
Travis Wright, Worship Director
Travis’ primary roles are organizing and leading the worship team.
Travis was born and raised in Hays, Kansas where he also received his B.S. in Biology Pre-Med from Fort Hays State University. After college, he and his wife Abbie moved to Kansas City for better opportunities in either medical school or ministry. In the summer of 2020, Travis felt a strong desire to move forward with ministry and enrolled at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is currently working on his Master of Divinity with an emphasis in Biblical Languages. Travis and his family began attending CrossWay Bible church after being paired through the Timothy Track internship at MBTS. His previous roles have included Sunday school teacher for elementary and youth, interim youth leader, and camp volunteer.
Travis and Abbie met through the leadership team of Christian Challenge while at college. They have one lovely daughter who loves bubbles, blanket forts, and Bluey. Travis is passionate about conveying deep theological truth through song and worshiping God through fellowship with the saints (Bible study and/or board games).
Sarah Nunn, Administrative Director
Sarah's primary roles are overseeing the church's finances, administration, and communication.
Sarah is a St. Louis native and completed dual degrees in Biology and Chemistry from Drury University as well as some graduate work at the University of Missouri. Sarah met her husband, Jeff, at Drury and they have been blessed with 2 sons.
Sarah worked in scientific research and sales before staying home with her boys. She has previous church staff experience as a Nursery Director as well as church office experience. She and her family are involved in Bible Study Fellowship (BSF), an interdenominational, in-depth Bible study that helps people know God and equips them to serve the Church effectively throughout the world. Sarah is passionate about in-depth Bible study and leads a study at CrossWay.
Rebekah Sweeney, Kids Ministry Director
Rebekah's primary role is leading the children's ministry team and connecting with the families of the church.
Rebekah grew up in Festus, Missouri and received an Associate of Arts in Teaching from Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Missouri. She then transferred to Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, where she finished her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. Rebekah assisted in child development programs while studying and was also actively involved in the Baptist Student Union at both colleges. Before moving to Blue Springs, Rebekah was a Pre-K teacher for three and a half years.
Rebekah met her husband, Jordan, while both were working as summer missionaries for the Missouri Baptist Convention. They now have three fun-loving boys who love being outdoors. She has a heart for missions, teaching, and showing children the love of Christ.
Our Elder Team
“The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.” (1 Timothy 3:1–7)
Our Deacons & Deaconesses
“Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. Their wives likewise must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 3:8–13)