staff & ministry leaders

  • Dr. Israel Cox - Lead pastor

    Lead Pastor Israel serves Crosspoint by teaching most Sunday mornings, and by providing overall vision and leadership to the congregation. He is passionate about seeing people come to understand that the God who created them loves them more than they imagined, and then watching those same people surrender their hearts to that amazing love. Israel is married to Deana, and they have 3 incredible kids: Abby, Emily, & Noah. When he’s not serving at Crosspoint, Israel loves spending time with family, hunting and fishing, or watching a good football game. When he can do all of that at the same time…..well that’s even better! 

  • Doug Piper - executive PASTOR

    Doug oversees the Family Ministries of the church and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Crosspoint. He has been married to his best friend Paulette for over 20 years; and has three wonderful children, Katie, Tyler and Suzy. He is passionate about growing God's Kingdom - one person at a time. In his free time he enjoys everything outdoors, hunting, fishing and baseball. 

  • Dr. Jonathan Woodward - Worship Pastor

    As a small town Mississippi boy, singer/guitarist Jonathan Woodward stepped into the realm of music leadership during his high school years. Jon moved on to graduate from The University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor's in music, master’s in music education, and Ph.D. in higher education administration. Currently, he is serving as the worship leader for Crosspoint Church. The best part of Jon is his wife, Eilene, and three awesome children, Jude, Levi and Eden. He loves playing and watching sports, especially the Saints! Jon feels called to help connect people to God through worship and the arts in creative ways. Outside of church work, Jon serves as the vice president for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College's Jefferson Davis Campus. 

  • Cheri Kozar - Administration

    Cheri handles the Church Finances and Administration. She is married to Jerry. Her passion is helping encourage others in the journey of knowing and serving God. She enjoys serving behind the scenes, studying the Bible, and reading. 

  • Christi Bartels - Children's Ministry

    Christi is a former 4th grade teacher who was passionate about giving kids a love for reading and learning. She has found a new passion in helping children find a love for Jesus Christ through the scriptures. Christi is the wife of Ralph Bartels, and has three amazing kids, Sadie, Wyatt, aka “Bubba," and Abilene. In her free time Christi loves reading, playing outside, perfecting her talent in singing, and drinking coffee.

  • Mendy King - Life Group ministry

    Mendy oversees the Life Group ministry at Crosspoint. She is passionate about telling people about Jesus and watching them grow in their relationship with Him.  Mendy is married to Richard.  She enjoys crafts, decorating and watching sports.

  • Rick Bostick - Helping hands & hearts ministry

    Rick has committed himself to a life of service. Serving as Crosspoint's Facilities Manager falls right in line with his 22 years of active duty in the U. S. Navy. Showing Christ's love through serving others is his true passion. In addition to serving as the Facilities Manager, he is the coordinator for Crosspoint's local outreach ministry "Helping Hands and Hearts." Rick is married to his #1 lifelong supporter, Dianna. He is most proud of his two sons who have both also served in the military.

  • bobby cox - Men's ministry

    Bobby serves Crosspoint by helping lead men through Bible studies, serving others, and connecting with them in community. His passion is to see people come to know Christ and grow in their relationship with Him and each other. Bobby is married to Elaine, his best friend, for 48 years. His brother Moe lives with them. They have two sons, Israel & Joe and 5 grandchildren. Bobby enjoys a little woodworking, sports and the outdoors.

  • Lisa Clark - women's ministry

    Lisa serves as part of a team of wonderful women. They work to provide engaging opportunities for women to grow in their relationship with God through Bible study, to cultivate connections with the body of Christ through events and fellowship activities, and to develop hearts of  service as they minister to others.

  • tracy yanez, APR - communication Team Leader

    With more than 20 years in corporate and media communication arenas, Tracy volunteers her time and experience to supporting the mission and people of Crosspoint Church by helping to tell the great story of how God is working through them. Tracy and her husband, Pete, collectively have four adult children and three amazing grandchildren. She enjoys gardening, photography and is a growing bird enthusiast. In addition to church work, Tracy works in Community Affairs at Mississippi Power, where she is a member of the company's Environmental Stewardship Council and supports Renew Our Rivers cleanup efforts.