At CrossWalk, we understand that every member is a minister, called by God to use the talents and gifts that God has given them in service and ministry to others. Being a Christian is not a "spectator sport." God made us to live in relationship to others and every person is uniquely gifted to bear the message of Christ to a world devoid of hope. At CrossWalk you will find a variety of people but we all have one thing in common: Every Christian is an ambassador of Christ. We read in 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin (Jesus) to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."
We are a people with a heart and passion to honor God with our lives. He has called us to love Him with all our heart, mind, soul and strength and to love others as Christ loved us. By God's grace alone will we answer this call. We are a people who are constantly learning and growing in the grace of God and we invite you to come and be a part of our family and join us in ministry if you are not currently active in a community of believers in the Knoxville area.
Our support staff includes the Pastor, Kirk Werner, Child Care Director, Linda Odle, Director of Children's Ministries, Anna Baker, and Music leader, Joshua Jordan.
Pastor Kirk Werner and wife Sue
Kirk, a native Tennessean, began his ministry as a youth director in 1975. He had previously worked as a counselor with the Tennesee Department of Corrections and in branch management of a local bank in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
He was ordained on June 21, 1981 and has served churches in Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia and Texas.
Kirk and his wife Sue have two sons, Clark and Adam. Clark and his wife Christie reside in Knoxville with their daughters, Jordan and Ava, and son Zeke. Adam and his wife Robbie live in Ft. Worth, Texas with their daughters, Amaris and Paige, and son, Asher.
Kirk has been with CrossWalk Community Church since its inception, leading the initial worship service on December 5, 2004. He loves the Lord and derives great pleasure from teaching and preaching His Word.
He enjoys a variety of things; fishing, music, games, and particularly sports, and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.
Linda Odle, Child Care Director
Evidence of Linda Odle's gifts for teaching and caring for children came in her teens when she taught neighborhood Child Evangelism Fellowship Good News Clubs in Memphis, Tennessee. Her years of volunteer work with children progressed into full time work as a church Nursery Director for a 4,000 member church. Over three decades of experience includes her management of paid children's staff and volunteers, training of teachers, organization and design of nursery facilities, and program administration.
Linda has been guest lecturer at Johnson Bible College, seminar teacher for Children's Ministry Fellowship, and a Child Care Consultant to several churches. She is a committee member of Child Evangelism Fellowship, Knoxville Chapter, teaching and organizing After-School Good News Clubs.
Anna Baker, Director of Children's Ministries
Anna, a life-long Knoxville resident, has a love for children and service that was fostered by her family. During her youth, she was blessed with many opportunities to serve in the Knoxville community. She attended the University of Tennessee and earned a bachelor's degree in Special Education with a concentration in deafness. During her years at the University of Tennessee, Anna was a Young Life leader at a local group home for juvenile delinquent girls.
Anna and her husband, Travis, met through the Young Life ministry. Travis is a general contractor and founded TBaker Construction in 2007. They live in South Knoxville with their three children, Max, Madeline, and Miles.
Joshua Jordan, Director of Music Ministries
Joshua became the leader of our Praise Team effective August 1, 2015. Joshua comes to us after having served the past five years as a part of the praise team at First United Methodist Church in Maryville, Tennessee. He has two children, Jeremiah Lee and Elizabeth Rose. Josh shares that he received his first guitar at the age of twelve for Christmas and from that moment on he has dedicated his musical career to lifting up the name of Jesus and spreading the message of His love. He has traveled about the country as a part of various Christian bands over the years and we are glad that he has settled in this part of the land to serve our Lord and Savior as a part of CrossWalk Community Church.