Hi! I’m the Senior Pastor at Cross and Resurrection. I help to cast the vision for our church and work with the members to carry out our Ministry. I also supervise the staff and mentor others in making Disciples. Being on Campus creates many opportunities to serve students and to nurture families and others in using their gifts for God’s Kingdom!
I am first and foremost a passionate follower of Jesus Christ. I’m also the husband of an amazing wife, Laura, father of 11 children, and grandfather to six grandchildren! I’ve been privileged to serve at Cross and Resurrection for 7 years. I’m also very involved in the community as part of Love Ypsi, Rotary Club of Ann Arbor North (past President), Chaplain to the EMU Police and Adjutant at my Legion.
I’m very thankful for the work that Cross and Resurrection has done to provide a safe and nurturing home for families and students here at EMU. We look forward to welcoming and serving many more as the Lord calls us all to HIMSELF as our Savior and Lord! We look to the future as a wonderful harvest field with many exciting opportunities to join JESUS on HIS MISSION as HIS FOLLOWERS!
I have been a member of Cross and Resurrection since 2009, when I started my Deaconess training through the Ethnic Institute of Theology at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO.
I am married to Thad Polk, who is an Elder at Cross and Resurrection, and have been blessed with three wonderful daughters. I am passionate about being a servant of Christ. I also work as a costume and set designer for local theaters. She has a BFA degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
I, and the ministry I lead, The Upper Room Youth Ministry partner with Cross and Resurrection. I am be doing what I love the most, reaching out to young people for Christ.
I have a Certificate in Urban Ministry from Northwest University and I am currently pursuing both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in social work. I have a huge heart for building community and fostering discipleship. After graduating from high school as a home school student, I moved out to Los Angeles, CA for four semesters to join a leadership school which specializes in urban ministry. As my Los Angeles claim to fame, I got fourth place with only a yo-yo in a talent show that was judged by Tyler Ward and Emma Stone.
The Upper Room Youth Ministry meets at Cross and Resurrection the Chapel at EMU every Thursday at 6:30pm.
As Cross and Resurrection's senior elder, I serve closely with the senior pastor, lead the Elder Team meetings, and perform the duties of an elder. I was a founding member of C&R in 1980.
My wife Beth and I have seven adult children and 23 grandchildren. I earned a Bachelor of Science – Engineering degree from the University of Michigan, and I am CEO/CFO of a software company in Ann Arbor (AdvantageCS). All of our children and grandchildren live in Michigan, which is a joy for both Beth and me who host many meals and other events for our extended family.
If you join us at Cross and Resurrection on Friday nights for our Pancake ministry you will meet both Hannah and I (Anna). You are guaranteed to find us flipping pancakes, talking and playing games with students, or laughing in the kitchen. Both of us have a passion showing students the genuine love of Christ so what an amazing opportunity to hang out each Friday night with EMU students. We look forward to meeting each and every person walking through our doors!
Please join us for Pancakes and Waffles every Friday from 10pm until 1:00am Saturday morning. Jam with us, build relationships, cook pancakes, or just hang out.
Hannah is also responsible for the lunches on Sundays after church. Talk to her if you have any ideas for food choices...
Typically you will find me one of the first people to arrive at Cross and Resurrection Sunday mornings and Monday mornings assist Annaliese with whatever can help her. I look forward to leading the Wednesday Women’s Bible Study as well as the Stitches of Love Saturday Small Group meeting. Come join us!
A graduate of Concordia University and EMU, I attended Cross and Resurrection in the 70’s, walking across the street from Walton Dormitory to go to church. I am delighted to once again be able to walk to church, but now it’s about a mile walk from my house.
After teaching Special Education for 40 years, I decided it was time to move onto other passions in life including: supporting my mother who is almost 98 years old, helping more at church, and providing respite to families who have a child with a disability.
I adopted three children: Rachael who now dances with Jesus in Heaven (a very medically fragile child who I was privileged to love for 21 years); James who was my student when he was five, who is active at C & R as well as the EMU community; and David who is now a long-haul truck driver based out of Kansas.
Annaliese joined the Cross and Resurrection team in May 2018 as the administrator and assistant to pastor Bryan. As the church Administrator, she works to keep the church running smoothly and effectively. She enjoys working with people and as the a Volunteer Coordinator works to recruit, equip, and oversee volunteers who serve in the church.