Jerry Payne
Senior Pastor

Pastor Jerry was born in Dallas, Texas and graduated from Carrollton R.L. Turner in 1981. His original intent was to pursue a career as an attorney, but an encounter with Jesus drastically altered his path. After his public profession of faith and baptism in 1983, he began to go on yearly mission trips with his local church. In February of 1986 he made known his call to the ministry. Later that year, JP married his best friend, Susie Graul also from Dallas. Susie was a Caseworker for the Division for Blind Services (1988-2017). They will celebrate 32 years of marriage and ministry in December. They are blessed with two sons, Jeremy (28) and Jordan (26). Both are graduates of Texas A&M and have jobs in the DFW Metroplex. Jeremy is married to the former Jennifer Albee of Austin, TX. They also have one grandson, Hudson.

JP graduated with a BA (1992) and MDiv (1996) from BMA Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, TX and earned his DMin from George Fox University in Portland, OR (2010). Originally in youth ministry, JP moved to Tyler in 1988 to follow his call to preach. He pastored PineBrook Baptist Church from 1989-1991 and then became a state missionary, planting and pastoring Rose City Baptist Church (1991-1998). After leaving denominational work, Pastor Jerry planted Crossroads Church on Thanksgiving Day, 1998. He has served Crossroads as founding and senior pastor for 20 years.

The Payne’s enjoy time with family and friends and try to travel when feasible. Jerry loves the outdoors and especially, hunting, fishing, and golfing. With an extremely extroverted personality, JP considers relationship building to be second, only to preaching the Word of God. He also loves to write, but has few published works due to his propensity to start projects and never finish them. However, it only took him 28 years to finish this short bio, so there is hope for more inspirational writing in the future.

Anthony Johnson
Assistant Pastor

Anthony Johnson grew up in a small town in Ohio, and met his wife Maria there. They are both veterans of the U.S. Military. Anthony was in the Navy and Maria the Marine Corps. In August 2000 they were asked to start doing children’s ministry and in December of 2000 God called them to Tyler, TX. They have been serving the Lord in various capacities in the last 15 years and have been on staff at Crossroads since August 1, 2016

Sara Braswell
Office Administrator

Sara grew up in a small town in Northern Indiana. She met her husband Chad when she was Sophomore in high school. They were married October of 1999 and have 2 daughters. Her husband’s job moved them around a lot in the beginning of their marriage. They moved from Indiana to New Mexico and a year later to South Texas. They were blessed with the opportunity to move to East Texas in 2003, and came to Crossroads that year. Sara has been involved in many Ministries here at the church…. Coffee, Worship banners, Ladies Ministry, Small Groups, and many more. She started working in the office in 2008.