Matt has been married to Haley for 15 years and they have six beautiful daughters -- Taylor (13), Ashlyn (11), Hope (9), Aubrey (7), Payton (4) and Shelby (2). His family has salt water in their veins and they love spending time at the beach. He has embraced being the "lone testosterone" in his household. Matt enjoy's all things sports, music (from classical to hip-hop) and spending time with his queen and 6 princesses!
Matt played basketball in high school and college and graduated with a finance degree from the University of Northern Colorado (the "other" UNC :-) ). Shortly after surrendering His life to Christ in college, Matt and Haley became a part of Mountain View Community Church (the first Crossway Chapel) in Fort Collins, CO.
From 2001 to 2007 Matt served as a youth ministry coordinator and small group leader before being recognized as a pastor at Mountain View in 2006. Matt completed a two-year pastoral training program at Mountain View Community Church and is a licenses pastor with Crossway Chapel International. He and his family were sent out by MVCC in May of 2007 to partner with Tom and Dawn Harcus at Crossway Chapel of Wilmington. Matt and Tom served together on the elder board of Crossway Chapel of Wilmington from 2007 to 2014.
Matt worked for State Farm Insurance from 2001-2016 and from 2014-2016 Matt's job took him back to Colorado and he and Haley partnered with two other families to start Redemption Church (a Crossway Chapel) in Loveland, CO. Matt has served as a pastor bi-vocationally for the last ten years and on June of 2016 he and his family returned to Wilmington where Matt has taken on the lead pastor role at Crossway Chapel of Wilmington.
Elder, worship leader
As a boy, James saw himself as a world explorer and pro-junk collector. From the quiet creeks and bluffs to the tranquil woodland areas of Stony Brook New York, James has always been intrigued by the beauty of nature. Although he was guided by his loving parents in a church setting, James never fully accepted nor saw the need for God’s forgiveness.
James entered a new chapter in his life when he was accepted to UNCW. Transferring as a sophomore, he began to seek a new identity by joining the rugby team and playing in a Reggae band called Pushing a Prophecy. While writing music about his life, he began to see his need for righteousness and forgiveness. After three years of schooling, James created an image that he felt the world would love, but he knew it was a lie.
One evening, James met a friend who would ultimately convince him to come to church. After many invitations, James finally accepted and entered a little church in Wilmington, North Carolina. After a sermon was preached, he saw that Jesus’ forgiveness was also for him. He fully accepted the forgiveness of God and turned his self-focused life over to an All-Powerful, Living Savior.
A few years later, James met his bride, Wendy. After a short courtship and engagement, James and Wendy were married at Fort Fisher, North Carolina in August of 2008. In the first four years of marriage the Lord blessed them with three special children, Jordan, Nathan and Kaitlyn.
James has graduated from three years of seminary equivalency training through Crossway Chapel’s Pastor’s Institute. For the past six years, he has served as our Worship Leader as well. James enjoys spending his free time with his family, going on walks through the woods, building fires in the backyard, and staying fit through exercise and sports.
As a young man in his early twenties, though raised in a family with good moral standards, Greg did not know Jesus as his Savior. As a matter of fact, spiritual things were not even on his radar. Then life began to close in, as things and relationships became more difficult. The Lord was so gracious as to send a local pastor who knew Jesus to introduce Him and His life giving water.
Greg and Marcia lived in the mountains of Colorado (which they loved) but the Lord laid on their hearts to sell their home and in October of 2005 to join Tom and Dawn Harcus in Wilmington and become one of the founding families of Crossway Chapel of Wilmington.
Fresh to grand-parenting, Greg and Marcia now have two grand baby girls to their eldest son Sean and daughter-in-law Erica, in addition son Samuel (go Wolfpack) and now married daughter Hannah (interior design grad from App State).
Though the mountains are their favorite landscape/environment, even in a beach setting they still enjoy getting together with neighbors and friends for that hot cup of coffee or tea and great conversation about the lover of our souls. As a Pastors Institute graduate from the first graduating class in Wilmington along with James Larrabee, Greg has, by the grace and Spirit of God continued to deepen his relationship with the one who saved him and the desire to make Him known.
Director of Children's Ministries
Saul Matus moved to the Wilmington area in 1996 and became a follower of Christ ten years later during his college years. He has been married to Sandy for almost 9 years and they have three beautiful children. He has recently completed the Pastoral Leadership Institute, a two year program through Crossway Chapel. Saul and Sandy have been part of the Crossway movement for over nine years and couldn't picture themselves anywhere else. They are both committed to the biblical truths they have learned and have a passion to make their lives count. Part of that is investing in and raising up the next generation of solid believers who are sold out for Jesus!
Mike grew up in a Christian home in Raleigh with an older brother and sister. He moved to Wilmington for college and has yet to move anywhere else! During his senior year of college, Mike was offered a job at Coastal Christian High School as the Athletic Director and has been there ever since. He married Amber in 2010, and they welcomed their first daughter into the world three years later in October of 2013. In addition to being the Athletic Director, Mike also coaches boys and girls soccer and girls basketball. He serves as a deacon and Life Group leader at Crossway Chapel.
Rachel grew up in Texas and moved to Wilmington to attend UNCW in 2012. After graduating with a BA in Communication Studies in 2014, she went to Mexico to serve with our team in Puerto Escondido. Upon returning to Wilmington in August of 2015, Rachel joined the Crossway staff as the administrative assistant. She is so grateful to be able to serve her church body using the gifts that the Lord has given her!