Alan Bixler

Lead Pastor

Pastor Alan is a native of Missouri, growing up mostly in Springfield.  He graduated from Central Bible College with a Youth and Bible Degree, and later from Evangel University with a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership.  Pastor Alan and his wife, Heather, came to Crosswalk from Florida in November of 2013 and have two children.

Heather is a missionary kid who lived in both the western and southern regions of Africa. She serves as the Connections Director at Crosswalk and loves helping people get involved as they connect with God through serving on the IMPACTeam and building relationships with each other in Life Groups.

Pastor Alan and Heather have a passion to love people and build bridges for all to find their true foundation in Jesus Christ.

Heather Bixler

Connections Pastor

Heather loves people! Young and old, she knows no strangers and loves chatting and hanging with all people! As the connections director, she loves serving the local church through small groups, women’s ministry events, and assisting in children’s ministry.  She loves watching God touch people in a transforming way. In ministry all her life, she has lived just about everywhere from the United States to the shores of Africa. You usually find her hanging out with her best friend, Pastor Alan and her 2 kids, Sierra and Hunter.

Jake Koenes

Youth Pastor

Pastor Jake and Rachael were married in the summer of 2005. They attended Trinity Bible College in Ellendale, ND.  The Koenes family also includes 4 children: Tyler, Jason, Kyle, and Avery.  Pastor Jake served as a volunteer at First Assembly of God in Aberdeen, SD, before taking his first position as a full-time Youth Pastor at Brandon Valley Assembly of God in 2011.  In August of 2016, Pastor Jake and Rachael joined the Crosswalk family.  They have a passion to see students encounter Christ and mature as followers of Jesus.

Jason Bennett

Creative Arts and Worship Pastor

Pastor Jason and his team lead us in worship during our three weekend services.  His greatest passion is to use music to glorify God.  After moving to South Dakota from Dallas, Texas, where he also served as the worship leader of his church, Jason joined the Crosswalk staff in 2013.  Jason and his wife, Bridget, live in Harrisburg with their son, Landry.

Laura Thompson

Children's Ministry Director

Laura has a huge passion in reaching kids with the Gospel. Her heart fills up with Joy when she gets to see children’s eyes light up as they begin to see how much God loves and cares for them.  When they have understanding of all Jesus has done for them and ask Him to be their Savior; well, I can’t even describe how wonderful it is to witness the power of the Lord working in that way.

Laura and her husband/best friend Shawn are from California and they have been married since 1999. We are blessed with 2 children, Tyrell and Katana. Laura has been in Children’s Ministry for 15 years and she is currently working on getting her credentials with Assembly of God. Our family joined the Crosswalk family in the fall of 2016 and Laura joined staff in November 2017.

Kym Tufte

Office Administrator

Kym was born and raised in Sioux Falls. She graduated in 2014 from North Central University with a Youth Ministry major and is our Office Adminstrator. Kym also has been attending Crosswalk for over a year and leads the Young Adults group here at Crosswalk.

Ben Hayzlett

Business and Maintenance

Ben returned to the Crosswalk staff in 2015 to oversee our business and financial responsibilities.  He also offers support through the maintenance of our facility.  Ben lives outside of Sioux Falls with his wife, Carol, and their two daughters.

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