John Crosby Biography
Meet Our New Transitional Pastor
John Crosby began his ministry career after graduation from Wheaton College by serving with Youth for Christ in Colorado. While there, he stumbled into 1st Presbyterian Church of Boulder where his faith grew exponentially under a pastor who creatively used cultural references alongside his Bible teaching. The church sponsored him to attend Gordon Conwell Seminary for his Master of Divinity. From there, he moved through a series of pastor roles as Youth Pastor, Assistant, and Associate Pastor at 1st Presbyterian Glen Ellyn (IL), where he fell in love with and married Laura, and they began a family. He was called to a demanding role as Associate Executive Pastor at National Presbyterian in D.C. – a challenging time of developing leadership skills and learning where he learned that he “needed to become a better follower to be a better leader”.
In 1989, he and Laura felt “the clearest leading of the Holy Spirit of our lives” to move to Christ Presbyterian in Edina, MN. “We often say we were in four different churches in the same location, growing and morphing, from hundreds to thousands, deeper even as we reached out. This was the great privilege of our lives, to see God shape souls, from ‘long-timers’ to many who were far from God at the beginning.” In his last ten years, they supported the planting of two churches and spun out two large communities, “learning to hold lightly, seeing the constantly changing face of effective ministry”. John and Laura also engaged with God’s larger work both nationally and internationally through board and advisory roles with World Vision and Opportunity International. John was active in the founding and leadership of our denomination, ECO: a Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians, from 2010 to 2015.
In addition to his seminary degree, John holds a Doctorate of Ministry from Fuller Seminary, with a thesis on volunteer leadership. His wife, Laura, holds a Master of Theological Studies from Bethel Seminary. Together, they currently mentor 3 cohorts of young leaders in our ECO denomination.
John retired from Christ Presbyterian Church in January, 2019. From November 2019 through February of this year, John and Laura served as Interim Pastors for the International Church of Lucerne. He and Laura helped this unique congregation – with members from diverse countries, cultures, and church traditions - heal their divisions by engaging in extensive listening meetings to hear concerns. They provided mentoring and training to help the elders and deacons lead their church forward.
John and Laura will be moving to the Menlo Park area to serve with us for the next twelve to eighteen months. He shares: “we feel privileged to join Menlo’s strategic impact for the Kingdom throughout the Bay Area, loving people to Jesus and sending them out to bless their communities”.