Living Word Church
Kelli joined our staff in 2013. She is our administrator for Little Hands Learning Center, our Church Day Care.
She is Pastor and Sondra's first born, she has grown up in the ministry and has lead varies ministries.
Presently she is our Worship leader and leads with her husband Brandon, and oversees our Youth Group and Young Adults. She also oversees our Media and Graphic Designs. She and her husband will be married 6 years in August.
Living Word Church is an Apostolic/Prophetic ministry and one of the gates of heaven in Muskegon County. LWC disciples are filled with God’s Spirit and passionately love God and each other. We are working together with other ministries to affect the spiritual atmosphere of our county and region, so that God’s will is done here on earth as it is in heaven. We reach out locally and internationally, fulfilling the Great Commission, and we help those God sends us to find their unique place and ministry.
Pastor Timothy L. Cross is the senior pastor of Living Word Church since November 1984. LWM is a cutting edge, intense, outreach oriented church doing it's best to impact their area with the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Pastor Cross was brought up in Southern Baptist Church in Kalamazoo, MI. Although he went to church every Sunday for years he never truly made a commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ. In December of 1978, at the age of 17, he had a very bad automobile accident, after a night of drunken partying. In this accident he realized that he was not right with the Lord and that if he had died in that accident he would have spent an eternity in hell. A few months later after watching the 700 Club he prayed with Pat Robertson to receive the Lord Jesus into his life. A year or so later after hearing Pat Robertson say after you are saved yo need to ask God to baptize you in the Holy Spirit, he went to a friend's house and received the Holy Spirit as his friend laid hands on him. Since that time Pastor Cross was save, he has had a strong desire to serve the Lord. He worked in his Baptist church, helping around the couch and teaching classes. A few months later he went to help at Youth For Christ in Kalamazoo. He became an associate staff member for 1 year. After he was filled with the Spirit he was not able to work with YFC any longer, so he became involved with a Bible Study that was lead by a man by the name of Bruce Townsend. That Bible Study grew to become the original Conquering Faith Fellowship. Pastor Cross and his wife Sondra were 2 of the 3 original members of CF in Kalamazoo, After that church started in October of 1980, in April of 1983, an associate minister was needed. At that time Pastor Cross went on staff. He worked there until June of 1984. During his time there he oversaw the financial administration, the home groups, the ministry of helps and pioneered a Christian School.
Off of Kalamazoo had been sending people to Muskegon to start a church in this area. Pastor Cross came to help the church in November of 1984. He drove home with a cry in his heart for the city. God began to deal with him to come to Muskegon, which God confirmed through his pastor and others. He moved to Muskegon in March of 1986 and began to pioneer the work of starting a new church..
In 1987 Pastor Cross realized that he needed some additional training, so he went to Supernatural Ministries Training Institute in Midland, MI. He graduated in 1989 and was an instructor at the school until it went totally to video.
Pastor Cross has served as an area and state director for the International Convention of Faith Ministries. He has traveled to Honduras, Argentina, Germany, Peru, France, South Africa, England, Yugoslavia, Uganda, and Vietnam on Mission trips. His pastor is Mark T. Barclay of Midland, MI, an internationally known minister. Pastor Cross currently serves on Dr. Barclay's International Minister's Network board. Pastor Cross has traveled extensively around the world holding crusades, medical clinics, seminars and church services in various countries. He has ministered a great deal in prisons, as well as being involved with planting other churches. He is the author of a daily devotional and prayer journal called Setting Your Mind On Things Above. He and his wife have been married since 1981 and have 7 children and 5 grandchildren.
Judy Yonkers, Our Administrator
Judy has worked in almost every area of the ministry. She has worked in our children's department for ten years, nursery, toddlers and was over seeing our 1st - 5th grader's for 8 years. She has impacted many children's lives. She has said "those years of teaching our children, or "God's soldiers with little feet" will always hold a special place in my heart". Those years were years of preparation for me", she said.
She joined our staff in 1996 as our secretary, and then In 1999 God opened the door for her to assist Pastor and Mrs. Cross in Administration. Pastor Cross also licensed her to minister. She is our Administrator, Discipleship Teacher, Our Prayer Leader, she oversees Hospitality, and our Bookstore,
She and her husband, Richard have been married for 42 years in April and they are blessed with two children, and one grand daughter.
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