Our Team

Pastoral Staff

Sam Snyder

Lead Pastor “I am passionate about knowing God and making him known. I grew up in Mexico and I have spent the last 16 years living, learning, and ministering here in the United States. I have been shaped by many ministry experiences from Mexico to the USA, from Bible school to Grad school, from small towns to big cities, from failed ventures to successful ventures, from youth pastor to church planter… but the experiences I love the most are being a husband to Sarah and a father to five kids. Send me an email or catch me on a Sunday.”

Mishawn Gudipati

Community Life Pastor “I love working with the children, individuals, and families at our church! My greatest passion is to see the generations loving God and knowing Him personally as they walk in the calling God has over their lives. I attended the University of Northwestern SP where I majored in Ministry and Psychology and I love being able to put what I’ve learned into practice. My husband Jessy and I have three children.”

Elder Team

Felix Amenumey

Elder “I am originally from Ghana, West Africa. I graduated from the University of Minnesota, with a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership Policy and Development. I have been a member of Cross Culture since 2006 and I am passionate about empowering people in prayer and intercession. My wife, Sheila and I reside in St. Paul with our three children.”

Agnesgrace Auko-Kambeke

Elder “I am originally from Kenya, East Africa. I have 4 adult children, three boys, and one daughter. I went to school at the University of Minnesota, where I earned my MSW in Mental Health Social Work and MPh in Nutrition and I also hold a Masters of Arts in Leadership. I enjoy doing discipleship and pastoral care ministry as well as going to nursing homes to visit the sick. I am passionate about our church because of the teaching of the word of God, Worship, and relationships with members of the church.”

Jessy Gudipati

Elder “I grew up in southern India where I learned about and decided to follow Jesus. My passion to make disciples started at a young age. My heart is to see people receive the truth about who Jesus really is and make the life-changing commitment to follow him each and every day. I reside with my wife, Mishawn, and our three children in St. Paul.”

Sara Howard

Elder “I was born in Wrangel, Alaska, raised in northern Minnesota, graduated Cromwell Highschool in 96, and graduate fromd Lake Superior College in 2000 as an OTA. Nothing impressive, nothing to draw attention, but maybe that is as it should be. I don’t want my life to be a culmination of achievements, but rather a journal of moments. This church is my home, my family, I love it. If you must know who I am, I am a follower of Jesus, a wife of 14 yrs, a mother of 3, an artist, a gardener, a coffee drinker, a loud laughing, opinionated woman who only wants to serve in whatever way is needed and to walk the Jesus way.”

Gene Van Veldhuizen

Elder “In 1967 I received Christ as my Savior. I attended North Central College in Mpls. After graduating in 1972, I attended and was employed at Bethel Christian Fellowship in St. Paul, the planting church of Cross Culture. In 1982, my profession changed to printing. For the last 26 years of my printing career, I was employed at Northwestern College as the print shop manager and retired in 2012. Since retirement, I have been privileged to conduct a church service at the Rose of Sharon Nursing Home and I lead a small missional community group. My wife, Alvina and I were among the initial group that planted Cross Culture. We enjoy the vibrant worship expression.”

Ministry Coordinators

Emily Beck

Compassion Ministries

Lorraine Wotorson

Connecting Ministries “I love interacting with people and enjoy seeing people make connections. Hearing peoples stories and creating spaces for lives to intersect and experience God’s love, mercy and grace matters to me. The Twin Cities became my home when I immigrated from Liberia, West Africa about 23 years ago. At Cross Culture I have found acceptance, grace, and friendships. A place where folks who just came alongside me as I walked through life – divorce, single parenting, caregiving, and now empty-nesting. I am blessed! And because I have been blessed, I want to use what I have to bless others.”

Noele Orellana

Children Ministries “I’m passionate about equipping and empowering kids to experience the love of God and to walk in the power of the Spirit. I work with Minneapolis Public Schools in Early Childhood Education as my career choice and I love learning alongside kids coming from all backgrounds. My husband and I reside in St. Paul.”

Andrew Howard

Finance Ministries “I’ve been attending our church since 2009, and it has been a great church home. I love it for the intimate times of praise and worship, the interactive kids ministry, and the creative fellowship opportunities of connecting with others during church services and during the week in people’s homes. I naturally gravitate toward math based ways of helping others, which is why I enjoy overseeing the finances for our church.”

Kelsey Johansen

Hospitality Ministries

Matt Carlquist

Missions Ministries “Having missions experience myself, I enjoy leading the missions team at Cross Culture. It is a privilege to support and encourage the various missionaries of Cross Culture.”

Tyler Holman

Youth Director “I love seeing lives transformed by the truth and power of God. It is my hope to pour into the generations so that the message of God’s love and freedom He brings through the cross can be made known. My wife and I recently welcomed our first child, a beautiful little girl.”

Missionaries

Jim and Martha Towner

Latin America

David and Becci Snyder

Guerrero, Mexico “David and Becci Snyder have been missionaries to Petatlan, Guerrero, Mexico since 1981. They pastor Iglesia Agua Viva (Living Water Church). They also teach at the Instituto del Ministerio de Comunion Cristiana de Mexico, which was started to raise up and send out ministry leaders. Their vision is to preach the gospel in Mexico in such a way that produces disciples, churches, and missions.”

Jake McNally

Puebla, MexicoJake McNally is serving in Puebla, Mexico with Living Hope International. His vision is to raise leaders from Latin America and engage the church in evangelism to reach the nations. He is currently teaching evangelism classes and leads a group of students.”