Pastor & Staff

Israel Cox


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 grown children and 4 grandchildren. 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! 

Wesley Peden

Associate Pastor

Wesley serves Crosspoint as Associate Pastor. In addition to regularly preaching and teaching, he oversees missions efforts and young adult ministry. Wesley loves to mobilize followers of Jesus for reaching their communities and the world. He is married to Savannah and has one son, Parker. Currently, Wesley is a PhD student at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a ‘coffee enthusiast’ and avid reader.

Vince Lenaz

Discipleship Ministry Director

As Discipleship Minister, Vince oversees the various discipleship related aspects of Crosspoint such as Lifegroup ministries, men’s and women’s ministries and community outreach. Additionally he oversees the membership classes and spiritual growth training. He is passionate about seeing relationships develop among the congregation, between the congregation and the community, and between the community and God. Vince is married to Katrin and they have five almost grown children, 1 dog and several other pets. When he is not serving at Crosspoint, he enjoys playing golf, traveling and volunteering at Feed My Sheep.

Cheri  Kozar


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.

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. 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 executive vice president, Teaching & Learning and Community Campus for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. 

Tyler Catchot

Youth Pastor

Tyler serves the youth at Crosspoint where he is passionate about instilling biblical foundations in them for their use in pursuing and maintaining a personal relationship with Jesus. Tyler is married to Lizzie, and they have a son and a daughter. In addition to serving the youth, Tyler works as a civil and environmental engineer at a local engineering firm in Gulfport. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors and playing golf.

Emily Cain

Kids Ministry Director

Emily serves as the Kids’ Ministry Director here at Crosspoint. She grew up at Crosspoint and is so happy to be back serving our kids and families. Emily has a heart for the lost and a passion for furthering God’s Kingdom. She earned her bachelor's degree in Christian Ministries from William Carey University in 2019.  She and her husband, Jake, have twin sons, Elias and Thomas. When she’s not serving Crosspoint, she loves spending time with her family.

Tracy Yanez

Communications Director

With more than 20 years experience in corporate communications, Tracy volunteers her time and experience to supporting the mission and people of Crosspoint Church by helping tell the great story of how God is working through them. Tracy and her husband, Pete, collectively have four adult children and four grandchildren. She enjoys gardening, photography and is a growing bird enthusiast. In addition to serving at church, Tracy works for Accelerate MS - the State Office for Workforce Development.

Ministry Leaders

Bobby Cox

Men's Ministry

Bobby serves Crosspoint by helping lead men through Bible studies, serving others, and connecting with them in the 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 his best friend, Elaine. They have two sons, 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Bobby enjoys a little woodworking, sports and the outdoors.

Nette Everett

Women's Ministry

Nette serves Crosspoint by facilitating women’s events, along with the women’s ministry team. These events include Bible studies, fellowships, outreach, and connecting women in community. Her passion is to see women come to know Christ, finding their value, in Christ, to both home and community. Nette enjoys spending time with Rocky Everett, her best friend & soulmate of 30+ years. They have four children, 3 children in love (law) and 5 grandchildren.

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.

Shane & Lisa Clark

Marriage Ministry

Shane and his wife, Lisa, have been married for 30+ years and raised two boys, who have both left the nest and started their own families.  Shane is retired from the U.S. Air Force and is currently a Technical Training Instructor at Naval Construction Training Center in Gulfport. He loves spending time together with Lisa, whether it is doing ministry together, date nights or various hobbies such as paddle boarding, biking, home improvement projects, pickle ball and, yes, even ladies shoe shopping.

Bob & Mary Tina Moore

Senior Adults Ministry

Raised in the Big Level Community in Stone County, Bob was brought up in
a country church and taught to love your neighbor as yourself. Bob’s love
for God’s people carried on through his college years at Mississippi State
University where he received his Petroleum Engineering Degree. In 1987,
Bob surrendered to the ministry as a bivocational minister. He earned a master’s degree in religious education from Louisiana Baptist University in Shreveport and has since served as Minister of Education at several churches. More recently, he and his wife, Mary Tina, served as minister to Senior Adults at First Baptist Church in Wiggins. Bob and  Mary Tina married in 1985, and together they have four children, eight grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. The Moores own a petroleum engineering consulting company, and Mary Tina is the accounting manager for Bloxx Building in Gulfport. When not busy at church or his business, Bob enjoys hunting, fishing and gardening on their small farm.