Our Team 

Don Ackerman

Lead Pastor

Don is the lead Pastor of Crossroads and a member on the East Ohio Conference Anti-Voter Suppression Team.  He began a career in ministry after serving 10 years on active duty in the US Army with multiple tours overseas including two deployments to Afghanistan.  Previously, Don served as the pastor of Canal Fulton UMC and was the campus pastor for Church of the Lakes UMC.

Mike Farmer

Pastor of Food Justice & Community Ministries

Mike is the leader of our Fresh Market Program, the Tuscarawas Urban Action Team, and is a part of the East Ohio Conference Board on Race and Religion.

Cynthia Hammond

Associate Pastor

Cynthia is a pastor of caring ministries and leader of the Crossroads community on Harmont Ave. NE.

Jeff Conley

Harmont Market Director and Associate Pastor

Jeff is the Harmont Fresh Market Director and leader of the Crossroads community on Harmont Ave. NE.

Beth Polen

Director of Music Ministries

Joining the Crossroads staff in fall of 2014, Beth is also the choir director at Perry High School in Perry Township.  In her 23rd year of teaching, she is responsible for directing the Bel Canto freshman girl’s ensemble, Lyrics mixed choir, Symphonic Choir, the Perry Pipers show choir, Treblemakers women’s pop and jazz vocal group and the Kinsmen men’s chorus.  Beth earned her Master of Music degree from the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University and was a lifelong member of one our parent churches, the former St. Paul’s UMC

Christopher Dazey

Musician, Video Producer and Director of Publications 

Chistopher joined the Crossroads staff in January of 2020. Christopher has a degree in sacred music from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, where he studied organ, choral conducting and music theory and composition. In addition to providing music for weekly in-person and online services on the church’s historic Aeolian-Skinner organ, Steinway piano and Schulmeric carillon, as well as music for the church’s weddings and funerals, he also edits and produces the church’s weekly Sunday Online videos (available on Facebook or YouTube) and other special videos throughout the year. And he is the church’s Director of Publications, producing a weekly in-person service bulletin and bi-annual printed newsletters.

Julie Smith

Children’s Youth Minister Leader