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Pastor Bryan Tomes

Lead Pastor

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Pastor Bryan A. Tomes has been the lead pastor at Crossroads since 2005 when he and his wife, Jessica, felt a burden to revitalize a little church they visited in Fitchburg, MA. Through prayer, hard work, and reliance on the Holy Spirit, the church has grown into a thriving community of believers from all walks of life. Pastor Bryan is a Zion Bible College (now Northpoint Bible College) alumnus as well as a Teen Challenge graduate. His heart is to win souls for the kingdom and to see the power of God set people free! He is a visionary who sees potential in every person, and he desires to consistently bring people to the next level in their walk with God. His favorite place to be is spending time (and most likely laughing and joking) with his wife and four beautiful girls Mia, Madison, Mylee, and McKinsey.

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Roberto Cespedes

Executive Director

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Roberto Cespedes is not only our Executive Director, but a great husband and father, a Christian hip-hop enthusiast, and most definitely a “go-getter” when it comes to the work of the Lord. He oversees our new guest experience, Connect Groups, and our annual We Love Our City community outreach. Roberto’s desire is to reach the lost and to train up an army to transform the city of Fitchburg. He’s all about connecting, getting everyone plugged in, and seeing the church continuously maturing in the things of God. Roberto loves hanging out with his beautiful wife, Stephanie and his three children, Naomi, Natalia, and Jabez.

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Talitha Slocum

Worship and Arts Director

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Talitha manages the worship, media, drama, and creative elements of our services. This allows her to utilize all her gifts and passions to their fullest potential, creating dynamic services that inspire people closer to the Lord. In church, you’ll see her worshiping on the platform in her Sunday best, but being the hands-on artist that she is, there’s a good chance you’ll see her covered in paint splatter and holding a hammer throughout the week! She loves helping people grow in their walks with Jesus and you can usually find her hanging out with her friends and family. She and her husband Steve live at home in their farmhouse.

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Rev. Patty St. Jean

Strategies and Development Director

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Behind every amazing event we have at Crossroads is a God-inspired idea, lots of help from volunteers, and a remarkable strategy and development plan created by Rev. Patty St. Jean! In addition to running our Growth Track Program, she works closely with Pastor Bryan to ensure that all systems in the church are operating smoothly and efficiently. Her favorite place to be is anywhere where she can spend time and be silly with her husband, Pastor Tim, and 3 beautiful children: Joshua, Jeremiah, and Eliana.

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Rev. Jeffrey Farnsworth

Growth Track Coordinator

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Pastor Jeffrey has recently transitioned to being our Growth Track Coordinator. He treats everyone he meets like family- with a smile and a hug! His heart is to help people find their identity and purpose in Christ alone. He is constantly uplifting others and encouraging them in their walk with God. He has a beautiful wife, Stephanie, and two children Judah and Maybelle. 

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Rev. Steve Pare

Men's Director

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“YOU ARE AWESOME!” It’s almost guaranteed that you’ll hear these words (in a thick Boston accent) from our Men's Pastor, Steve Pare, who truly means it every time he says it! Never void of an encouraging word, you will always find him with a smile and a hug for everyone who walks into the doors of Crossroads. He and his beautiful wife, Kerry, see the potential in every individual regardless of their past or backgrounds. They long to see people of all nations saved and set free. Whether on a plane, in the streets, or in church, there is a good chance Pastor Steve will be telling others about the saving power of Jesus!

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Rev. John Sheffield

Student Ministries Pastor

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Cracking jokes, making people laugh, and seeing the positive side in every situation…Should a Youth Pastor be anything less?! Rev. John Sheffield recently became the Student Ministries Director here where he is able to live out his calling of training up the next generation for Christ. His silliness yet seriousness about God’s word enables him to preach the Word in a captivating and relatable way. His main focus is to help the youth be more relational- with God first and then with others.

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Rev. Anthony Miller

Children's Director

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After years of working in the restaurant and medical fields, Anthony finally landed his dream job as the Children’s Director here. His passion and calling have always been to raise up the next generation for Christ! He’s constantly coming up with fun and interactive programs that make God’s word truly come alive to the kids. Anthony loves spending time (and taking trips to Disney) with his family. He has a beautiful wife, Michelle, and two boys, Logan and Christian.

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Adrian Gates

Media Director

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Adrian Gates has been a media professional since 2002 and is our Media Director here at Crossroads. He’s behind the scenes of every service, leading multiple teams that directly amplify and capture every salvation, baptism, and event. He oversees the production of our live services, webcasts, videos, and websites. With his quick-witted sense of humor, easy going personality, and a coffee in his hand- we’re convinced there is no media issue that he can’t solve! You can find him spending time with his lovely wife, Sarah, and two sons, Noah and Nicky.

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Justin Palojarvi

Graphic Designer

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In addition to being one of our amazing drummers on the worship team, Justin Palojarvi is our Graphic Designer here. He is a Salem State University graduate with a BA in Advertising. He is responsible for all print and web media, as well as the sermon series packages and other marketing materials. He always works with a spirit of excellence, believing, and knowing that everything he does is unto the Lord! He loves spending time and being home with his beautiful wife, Stephanie and their dog, Rory.

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Courtney Barbieri

Office Administrator

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Courtney is our Office Administrator and Assistant to Pastor Bryan. She also assists in the financial department. You can always find her with a smile and a warm welcome for everyone who walks in the door at Crossroads! She loves people and seeing Jesus come in and radically transform their lives. You can usually find her laughing, adventuring with friends, or spending time with her family.

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Jessica Tomes

Executive Assistant

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Jessica Tomes is the Financial Executive Assistant at Crossroads. In addition, she is frequently described by her husband as his, "Good Thing." Jessica is part of the heart and soul of Crossroads, working diligently behind the scenes to ensure that everything is operating perfectly. She lives with her hubby, Pastor Bryan, and their four girls.

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Jay Blanchard

Facilities Director

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Jay Blanchard has the gift of making everybody who walks into Crossroads feel like they’re part of the family - which is fitting, because he happens to be the one who takes care of the Lord’s house! Jay is our Facilities Director here and Pastor Bryan’s armor bearer as well. He makes sure everything in the church is functioning correctly- from the parking lot all the way to the platform! He surrounds himself with a big family, including his beautiful wife, Tracy, and his five children: Samantha, Dakota, Jordan, Jay Jay, and Jacob.


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