Church Staff

Sean Payne Senior Pastor

Sean Payne was born and raised in Toccoa, Ga. Sean recently graduated from Toccoa Falls College with a Bachelors degree in Youth Ministry and a minor in Biblical Studies. He has served as the Associate Pastor at Cross Roads Baptist Church since 2013 and was called to be the Senior Pastor in January, 2015. He is married to Mollie Payne, a first grade teacher at South Hart Elementary and the HCHS Varsity Football and Competition Cheerleading Coach. Mollie serves on the hospitality committee and she sings on the praise team at Cross Roads. Sean and Mollie are both excited and eager to see what God has in store at Cross Roads Baptist Church!

Joshua Rathel Associate Pastor

Joshua Rathel was born and raised in Colquitt, Ga. Joshua is currently attending Liberty University Seminary pursuing a Masters of Divinity in Pastoral Ministries. He previously served as the Student Pastor for Flat Creek Baptist Church in his hometown. He met his wife, Erika, in high school and they married in 2012. Joshua and Erika are both excited about joining Cross Roads on its mission to Love God, Love People, and Make Disciples.

Danny Merce Worship Leader

Danny was born in New Jersey and spent most of his childhood in Virginia Beach. He has loved music since he was little and taught himself how to play. At the age of 20 he moved to Atlanta looking to invest in music. At 21 he found Athens Georgia and met his future wife where they worked at. Suzanne grew up in Hartwell and teaches at Stephens County Middle School. They have two children; Ashlyn and Jonah who are very excited that the Lord has led us to Cross Roads Baptist Church. We anticipate great things to continue to happen as the Lord grows His church!

Lisa Smith Administrative Assistant

Lisa M. Smith will be the first person you see in the office during the week. She has been our Administrative Assistant since 2008. She and her husband, Scott B. Smith and their 4 children are from the Hart County Community. Lisa prepares the weekly bulletin and our monthly newsletter, helps the Pastor with a few ministry duties and helps teach children’s Sunday School when needed. She also serves on the Youth Committee, and says that spending time with these special young adults is such a joy! Lisa & Scott have a heart for marriage! They have conducted numerous marriage classes, retreats, provided lay counseling for couples going through tough life situations and taken many married couples to LifeWay’s Marriage Weekend Getaway at RidgeCrest, NC. Their love for each other and their children are evident, but their love for Jesus is obvious! In her free time, Lisa enjoys spending time with her husband, children, extended family and traveling.

Larry and Shirley Kaiser Custodian

“Larry and Shirley Kaiser work hard throughout the week to ensure that our facilities are clean and sanitary. They both love the church and have a heart for ministry. Larry was ordained as a pastor at CRBC in 2016 and he is always eager to fill the pulpit when needed. Larry is a valuable member of our team here at CRBC and he is excited about what God is doing in our church!”

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