Aaron Santini, Pastor


Aaron was born in central Pennsylvania and grew up in Tucson, AZ. He came to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ his senior year of high school. He received a scholarship to play baseball at the University of New Mexico, and during his first college class he met his wife, Rita! The Lord used his junior year in college to grow him as a young man as he experienced the peaks and valleys of life. His mom passed away on Christmas Eve, and then in the Spring he was drafted and signed a professional baseball contract with the Minnesota Twins.

Aaron went into full-time ministry with Fellowship of Christian Athletes in 2000. From 2002 until 2010 he directed FCA in Northern Colorado. In 2007 he helped plant Crossway Church in Greeley and completed their Pastors’ track. In the Fall of 2009, Aaron, Rita their 5 kids began to gather a team to plant The Crossing in Fort Collins. Aside from teaching God's word and raising up men, Aaron enjoys dating his wife, ballin' with his kids, bow hunting, fly fishing and all things Pittsburgh -Penguins, Pirates & Steelers.

Joey Nichols, Pastor


Joey was born and raised on the gulf coast of Florida but has lived in Northern Colorado since 1997. He was blessed to be raised by Christian parents who, though imperfect, took their walk with Christ seriously and led him to give his own life to Jesus during his grade school years. His time studying at Capernwray Bible School in England introduced him to the global reach of the Gospel and to the realization of the indwelling presence of Christ in every believer. After Capernwray, Joey completed his BA at Biola University in California. The goal of a career in counseling led him to go on to earn a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology at Wheaton College. Between time in Florida and Colorado, Joey has worked as a family therapist and a hospice counselor for twenty years. He has volunteered in a number of areas of the local church, including working with the high school ministry and teaching adult classes. His desire to disciple young adults led him to serve on the board of Covenant Bible College for a number of years. Joey came to The Crossing in the Summer of 2010 and considers it a privilege to serve the congregation here. In addition to teaching and mentoring, Joey enjoys hiking, finding out-of-the-way coffee shops, and following the Colorado Rockies baseball club.

Richard Gardner, Pastor


 Rich was raised in Grand Junction, CO, making him the only Colorado Native on the pastoral team. He earned a BA in Biblical Studies from Northland International University and a Masters degree in Biblical Studies from Baptist Bible Seminary in Clarks Summit, PA. Rich and His wife Jess moved from Scranton, PA to Fort Collins in the Fall of 2011 to partner with The Crossing. Rich and Jess have 4 awesome little boys. Rich's passions include golf, the Denver Broncos, and craft coffee.


Daniel Smith, Pastor


Daniel grew up in the suburbs of Dallas, TX. He moved to Fort Collins in 2004 to study at Colorado State University and play for the club hockey team. After the faithful witness of a teammate, Daniel became a passionate Christ follower. He met his wife Michelle while working with The Navigators on CSU’s campus. Daniel has been at the Crossing from the very beginning and served as a pastoral intern for 2 years with the Crossing. He was raised up and installed as a pastor in 2014. Daniel and his beautiful wife Michelle have 3 crazy boys. Daniel's passions include pond hockey, living as a missionary in Fort Collins, and the National Hockey League.


Matt Whitney, Pastor


Matt was born in Littleton, CO and moved to Fort Collins to attend CSU in 2004. In college, he heard the gospel of God's grace for the first time. After years of stuggling with the veracity of the claims of the Bible, he eventually surrendered his life to Christ. He married his native Michigander wife, Jessica, in 2013 and they have one beautiful daughter. Matt joined the Crossing in 2010 and was installed as a pastor in 2017. Like any Coloradoan, Matt enjoys the outdoors, good food and great coffee.


Cole Strehlow - Chief Musician

Cole came to the Crossing in the fall of 2012. He has a passion to love God and build up his church through music. While all of life is worship, we certainly enjoy the gift that Cole has to help us worship our King during our Sunday Gatherings. Cole is married to Alex and they have a beautiful little girl. Cole's passions include Rock Chalk and finding epic twitter feeds.



We believe that God’s design for the local church is for the appointed elders (pastors) to lead by serving and carrying out the mission of the church. The elders primary focus should thus be to shepherd, lead, teach, and equip while the deacons support the elders by taking on the needed responsibility to care for a variety of practical needs within the church.While every deacon is a servant, not all servants are deacons. Therefore, the following deacons have been appointed by the elders and affirmed by the church body:

Tyler Dell - Sunday Gathering/Events

Brandon Dupre - Sunday Gathering/Events

Max Jackl - Technology