WHo We ARE

Our Mission

"Cross & Crown Church is a gospel-centered community committed to making disciples who love Jesus Christ and love others in Jesus' name."

Unity is very important to us because we believe it is important to God. Paul prayed in Romans 15:5-6 that the church at Rome would be “…of the same mind with one another…so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” (emphasis ours). Our desire is that we as a church would be of the same mind so that we might glorify God with one united, harmonious voice. This oneness of mind will be nurtured and enhanced by a clear statement of our common mission and our core commitments. Let us begin then, and see what it is that God has called us as a church to be and to do.

Statement of Faith & Confessions Affirmed

What a church believes is foundational to its health and spiritual vitality. Without sound doctrine, a church may be many things but it will not be healthy. Here you will find a number of helpful statements and historic confessions explaining what we believe and teach as a church.

EFCA Statement of Faith 

This statement summarizes well the central beliefs of our church and of the Evangelical Free Church of America of which we are a part. Agreement with the EFCA Statement of Faith is required of all those who want to become members of Cross & Crown Church.

What We Teach

This statement significantly expands upon our Statement of Faith and explains more fully the doctrines that our elders, leaders, and teachers affirm.

Apostles' Creed

The Apostles' Creed is a historic confession of the Christian faith that all of our elders and pastors wholeheartedly affirm.

The Nicene Creed

The Nicene Creed was a result of the Council of Nicaea in A.D. 325. The creed emphasizes the doctrine of the Trinity and clearly articulates the divinity of Jesus Christ. All elders and pastors affirm this creed.

Cambridge Declaration

The Cambridge Declaration summarizes key principles of the protestant reformation and is affirmed by all of our elders and pastors.

Danvers Statement

The Danvers Statement on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood outlines the biblical similarities and differences between men and women and their roles within the church. It is affirmed by all of our elders and pastors.

Chicago Statement

The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy is affirmed by all of our elders and pastors as a faithful articulation of the doctrine of Biblical inerrancy.

Our Pastors

LANCE GENTRY

Senior Pastor | Elder
Lance has served as pastor of Cross & Crown since 1997 and is a graduate of Cedarville University (1994) and The Master’s Seminary (1997). He and his wife Leigh Ann have four children, Ethan, Kate, Tess, and Luke.

ROB ZIETLOW

Senior Associate Pastor | Elder
Rob has been on the pastoral staff since 2001 and is a graduate of both The Master’s College (1994) and The Master’s Seminary (1998). He oversees Men’s Ministry, Sunday School, Counseling and Christian Education. Rob and his wife Sharon have three children, Mackenzie (and son-in-law Nate), Makayla (and son-in-law Brandt), and Brayden.

JON GILMORE

Pastor of Music Ministry | Elder
Jon joined the pastoral staff in 2015 and is a graduate of Puget Sound Christian College (2006). He oversees Music, Media and Facilities at Cross & Crown. Jon and his wife Erin have two children, Olivia and Jack.

Our Elders

PEPE ALICEA

Pepe Alicea has been at Cross & Crown since 1995. In addition to serving as an elder, he leads a LifeGroup, the Walking in the Truth men’s bible study, and occasionally teaches an ABF class. Pepe manages a large facilities portfolio for an aerospace and defense company. Pepe and his family enjoy trout fishing in Colorado’s high country. He and his wife Marta have two grown children and one grandson.

BRENT BUTLER

Brent Butler has been at Cross & Crown since 2007. In addition to serving as an elder, he enjoys teaching basic doctrine and evangelism studies, discipling, hosting a LifeGroup, and is currently on staff as our Renovation & Relocation Project Manager. Brent has served in various capacities with churches and faith-based organizations, including leading an operations group for an international non-profit. He and his wife Lori have been married since 1999 and have three sons.

BRYAN LEE

Bryan Lee has attended Cross & Crown since 2009 and serves as an elder, in Student Ministry, co-leads a LifeGroup, and as a substitute Sunday School teacher. He is the President at Oscium, a tech company he co-founded. He and his wife Bridget have four children.

DAN MELLEMA

Dan Mellema has been at Cross & Crown since 1983. In addition to serving as an elder, he co-leads a LifeGroup and serves on the Welcome Team. Dan is the CFO at Focus on the Family and he and his wife Sue have three grown children and nine grandchildren.

BRYAN MILLER

Bryan Miller has attended Cross & Crown since 2007. In addition to serving as an elder, he leads the Sound Team and serves on the Welcome Team. Bryan is a cyber security engineer and enjoys spending time in the mountains with his wife Rachelle and three sons.

JEFF STEBBINS

Jeff Stebbins has attended Cross & Crown since 2012. In addition to serving as an elder, he enjoys teaching an Adult Bible Fellowship class, leading a men's Bible study and serving on the Missions Team. Jeff and his wife Beth are both teachers of English. They have two grown daughters and a son-in-law.

DAVE YUSCHALK

Dave Yuschalk has been at Cross & Crown since 2005. In addition to serving as an elder, he enjoys leading a LifeGroup, discipling men, and getting outdoors. Dave is a middle school math teacher and has an MTS in Biblical Counseling through Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He and his wife Melissa have three children.

Our Deacons

DAVID BLANKINSHIP

David Blankinship has been at Cross & Crown since 2003. In addition to serving as a deacon, he enjoys spending as much time with Kristin and their three college kids as possible. David focuses on technology for Public Safety and owns a situational awareness software company. If you can’t find him in town, he’s probably got his feet wet fly fishing somewhere.

TIM GUNSOLLEY

Tim Gunsolley has attended Cross & Crown since 2013. He serves as the President/CEO of Elevation Growth Partners, a consulting firm dedicated to helping faith-based non-profits achieve their mission. He and his wife Beth have two grown children and one grandchild.

MIKE HESTERMANN

Mike Hestermann has attended Cross & Crown since 2012. He does consulting work for non-profit organizations. His wife Cindy serves as the church Nursery Director. They have two grown children and seven grandchildren.

CURT SAWYER

Curt Sawyer has been at Cross & Crown since 2018. In addition to serving as a deacon, he co-leads a LifeGroup and serves on the Welcome and Usher Teams. Curt is a servant-leader at Focus on the Family and he and his wife Lisa have three children.

DAYMEN TIFFANY

Daymen Tiffany has been at Cross & Crown since 2018. In addition to serving as a deacon, he enjoys assisting in Student Ministries. After retiring from the Air Force in 2018, he and his wife Heather became local business owners serving the Colorado Springs community and together they have five children.

TODD THELEN

Todd Thelen has been at Cross & Crown since 1994. In addition to serving as a deacon, Todd enjoys leading a LifeGroup in his home. He served the church for many years helping with youth ministry, as a deacon for fifteen years, and as an elder for two years.  Todd works as a software developer at Compassion International and he and his wife Chris have two grown boys who grew up in this church.

STEVE WOODFORD

Steve Woodford has been at Cross & Crown since 2008. In addition to serving as a deacon, he leads a LifeGroup and previously taught a small group that was focused on relational wisdom from a Biblical perspective (RW360). Steve grew up in the Colorado Springs area, but moved away for college and career. He returned home in 2003 in order to take over the family manufacturing business from his father. He and his wife Kristin have nine children.

CHASE BARRETT

Chase Barrett has been at Cross & Crown since 2001. In addition to serving as a deacon, he is a welcoming usher on Sunday morning and he and his wife Stacey lead fifth and sixth grade Sunday School. Chase is a software engineer by trade. He and Stacey have ten children and one grandchild.

MEMBERSHIP

We believe being a committed part of a local church is central to God’s plan for every christian. This commitment includes covenanting with other believers for their good and submitting to the shepherding care of spiritual leaders.

The first step to becoming a member is to attend our next Discovering Cross & Crown class.

Our History

Cross & Crown Church was started with the help of First Evangelical Free Church of Colorado Springs and consisted of twelve families. It was to be a new church serving the area of “Northeast Colorado Springs.” Originally named Austin Bluffs Evangelical Free Church, the first service was held on Sunday Morning July 16, 1972. In those early days, worship services were held in Longfellow Elementary School which is just down the street from our present location. Within the first year, attendance was averaging 80 people.

Our present property of 2.75 acres was purchased by First Evangelical Free Church and given to our church for its use. Construction soon began on phase one which was to be a Multi-Purpose facility. The first service in the new building was on February 15, 1976.

Our present sanctuary was later constructed and was dedicated in October 1984. Pastor Lance Gentry served as the Associate Pastor beginning in 1997 and then in 1999 became the fifth Senior Pastor to serve our church.

In 2022 the church name was changed from Austin Bluffs Evangelical Free Church to Cross & Crown Church. We have been a member of the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA) since our founding.