Steve Allen serves as our Family Minister overseeing the Children’s and Youth Ministries. Steve first attended Crossroads as a high school junior while attending Newport High School, served as a volunteer with the Middle School Ministries while attending the University of Washington, and then served as a Middle School and High School Pastor for seven years after college. Steve and his family were also supported by Crossroads while they served in Zambia for five years while training pastors at Action Pastor’s College. Upon returning, he spent the next five years as Executive Director at Family Promise of Spokane. Steve studied at Multnomah Seminary and Western Seminary and finished his mDiv at Newburgh Seminary. He is married to Stephanie and has four daughters. He is grateful to be back at Crossroads to help support parents and volunteers as we together become a village to disciple the next generation to love and serve Jesus.
High School Director
Markel is an alumni of Cincinnati Christian University with his bachelors degree in Biblical Studies, an associate degree in Communication, and a minor in Communication Arts. After participating as a semi-finalist in the Next Generation Preacher Search and in the Academy of Preachers, he was hired as a campus pastor at a local church in Cincinnati to help launch their first multi-site location. Upon completion of his assignment, he transitioned to conference speaking and multiple church internships. Markel met his wife, Brittany, in 2015 and got married in the summer of 2017. They have an adorable puppy named Rory. Markel holds tight to the quotation: “The Gospel is more than behavior modification…it’s soul transformation.”
Junior High Director
Austin grew up attending Crossroads Bible Church and dedicated his life to Christ while attending one of the youth group’s Junior High Service trips. Ever since then, he's had a growing desire to serve in ministry, graduating from Biola University with a degree in Christian Ministries, and now returning to Crossroads to work with youth and young adults. He has a deep love for his friends and greatly enjoys spending his free time going on hikes, playing board games, and drinking good coffee with them.
Interim Event Coordinator
Grace has been in the Pacific Northwest for 22 years and lives in Issaquah with her husband, Wayne and two kids, Olivia and Jacob. She has a degree in Business Administration and an MBA in Operations and Management and has worked full time for 25 years. Last July, she felt God calling her to leave her job to spend more time at home and with the kids. She has been learning to slow down the pace, and try to hear God lead. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, cycling and trying new foodie spots. She would love to meet you and chat over a good cup of coffee or tea!