Jay and Christi Beerley have been on a spiritual journey together since July 1999, the very same year the Dallas Stars won the Stanley Cup! Jay has been in pastoral ministry for over 20 years, crediting his Beerley family for great spiritual influence in his life. Jay and Christi have two children, Andrew and Anna. For the Beerleys, family is the centerpiece of their calling to minister. The family enjoys reading, playing family games, and watching movies. They love to have people in their home, serving Christi’s famous cookies and sharing lives that center around the ministry and message of Christ. The family is deeply passionate and intentional to be involved with the community where they live. Jay and Anna are involved with a local theater, and Christi teaches in the elementary school where Cross Fellowship meets. With a deep love of the Lord and the DFW Metroplex, the Beerleys look forward to seeing the Lord spread his kingdom here. Jay planted Cross Fellowship in September of 2015, having been sent from GracePointe Church in Denton.
Tyler’s ministry began in 2015 when he moved to Northwest Arkansas to participate in a residential internship focused on worship ministry. This led to a full time job in 2017. That same year, Tyler married Karissa, and they began their ministry together. Shortly after marrying, the Lord began showing them an opportunity to serve in Southeast Asia and the means in which to do it. In Summer 2018, they left the U.S. and began their international ministry. In early 2020, the couple quickly returned to the states due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Smiths expected this return to be temporary, but the Lord began working in their hearts giving them a passion to serve the Church in a way drastically different than what was possible in Asia, and providing an opportunity with Cross Fellowship. Tyler and Karissa love fitness, reading, and a great cup of coffee. They have been challenged by Rosario Butterfield’s book, “The Gospel Comes With A House Key”, instilling a desire to provide ministry centered around the Gospel through Hospitality. They have a strong calling to this area and the work of the Lord for His Kingdom through Cross Fellowship Church.
In January 2019, Jimmy was elected as a lay elder for Cross Fellowship Church. He has a love for the Lord, and for serving others. For over 30 years, Jimmy has worked in the car audio industry, in virtually every capacity of sales. He has always loved music. When he meets someone, he takes time to visit and talk, and easily develops a relationship with them. He listens and understands the needs of others, often providing solutions to a problem or need. He was raised in the Church, but spent some time trying to find his own way, but the Lord led him back by placing some strong Christian men in his life. In October 2001, Jimmy married his wife, Tracie. They have two children, Tommy and Avery. Over the years of their marriage, they have moved several times, but they always see the Lord’s hand in their lives, and are grateful for the experiences along the way. The couple knows the Lord has placed them where they are for a reason, and they enjoy building relationships and loving on people as the Lord has called them to do.
Vance has always enjoyed teaching and learning, as well as tutoring students. He was elected as a lay elder at Cross Fellowship Church in January 2019, where he is involved in small groups. His love of teaching also provides learning opportunities for him when meeting with others of distinctly different backgrounds. Vance has a career in software development, where he is a lead developer and mentors his coworkers. He was born and raised in Quitaque TX, population 513. Brought up in a Baptist church he attended Royal Ambassadors where he accepted and committed his life to Christ with the life verse of Luke 6:31, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. Vance married his high school sweetheart, Angela. They graduated high school together, and later college from West Texas A&M. They have three daughters, Jazmin, Lily and Violet. Vance enjoys spending time with his family hunting, fishing, playing sports, playing games, and cooking, especially on the grill.