Staff

John Jacobi

Lead Pastor

John arrived in the Twin Cities in 2006 following 18 years of service as a pastor in Illinois. His primary responsibilities on staff at Crosstown  include: leadership, teaching, and caring. John takes unique joy in being part of a congregation that is extending itself to serve in the community as a tangible expression of Jesus’ grace and mercy. He has a heartfelt passion that the church exist to bless, encourage, and invite those who are not yet a part of it.  Check out the archive of Pastor John’s sermons.  John’s training includes a degree from Taylor University (IN) as well as studies at Ashland Seminary (OH), North Park Seminary (IL), and Fuller Seminary (CA).  John is happily married to his beloved, Marna, and the couple have two adult children: Ben and Andrea (along with son-in-law Nathan).  He has especially enjoyed journeying into his new title of Grandpa. 

Polly Inestroza

Pastor of Children & Outreach Ministries

Polly is a native Minnesotan, although she spent the majority of her adult life in Chicago, where she studied Youth Ministry and Biblical & Theological Studies at North Park University.  And in 2020 Polly was granted "Ministry License" by the Evangelical Covenant Church.  After living in Chicago for 10 years, her family and home state called her back.  Polly joined the Crosstown staff in January 2011 as the Director of Youth Ministry.  In March 2017 Polly’s positioned changed to the Director of Children & Family Ministries.  And again in 2020 her position changed to Pastor of Children & Outreach Ministries as she completed her Covenant Ordination.  She believes that young people who are passionately in love with Jesus Christ are some of Satan’s biggest threats in this world.  As Polly says, “I love being able to walk alongside students as they explore and discover who they are in Christ!" When Polly is not at church, she LOVES being with her awesome husband and 3 boys. 

Kristi Johnson

Office & Communication Manager

Kristi moved to Minneapolis in 2005 so that her husband could start teaching at Minnehaha Academy.  Kristi earned her master’s degree in Physical Therapy at Concordia University Wisconsin and works on call in many local nursing homes.  This flexible schedule helps her to balance work and mothering her two daughters.  She enjoys creating things, morning coffee, concocting things (especially in the kitchen), listening to all kinds of music, and a good chocolate dessert.  After a decade of volunteering with Crosstown’s marketing and online presence Kristi became the Communication Coordinator in 2019 and in 2020 transitioned to the Office & Communication Manager.  She is excited to be a part of the team to support the ministries of this church and help to tell our story. 

Angie Kopylov

Director of Youth Ministry

Angie came to Minnesota as a five-year-old Russian immigrant and grew up in a large immigrant community. As an adult, she pursued a B.A. in Ministry at Bethel University. She began her journey as Crosstown staff in September 2017 as Director of Youth Ministries. Angie is passionate about getting to know students in a one-on-one setting as well as sharing stories of God’s hope and redemption in her life. “I love youth for their curiosity and honesty regarding difficult questions of life.” Her interests include exploring new food and places with her husband Roman. 

Josh Smith

Director of Worship Arts

Josh found his way to Minnesota in the Summer of 2007 to attend Bethel University, where he received a B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies and minors in Music and Biblical Greek. He spent May 2011 – September 2016 serving at the Worship Arts Director at Crosstown. In 2015, Josh began pursuing a M.A. in Special Education from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and in the fall 2016, Josh began working as a special education teacher and took time away from leading worship to focus on his new career. Josh rejoined the Crosstown staff in February of 2019 and couldn’t be happier to be back at Crosstown leading worship. Josh firmly believes that when we sing together, we preach the good news together, we declare the glory of God together, and we join in the chorus of believers around the world. Josh is passionate about helping to draw us in to deeper understandings of God’s love through worship. Josh, his wife Carrie (m. 2015) and pup, Winifred (Winnie) are thrilled to welcome a baby boy, Amos to the family.  Josh also enjoys board games, exploring new foods, theater, and all things Minnesota sports.  

Randall Thaden

Custodian

Randall began faithfully serving as Crosstown’s Custodian in September of 2015.  Growing-up in a pastor’s family, Randall was born in South Dakota followed by a number of years in Tasmania, Australia!  We are thankful for all the hours Randall spends cleaning up after us and setting up for neighborhood events.