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

Associate Pastor

Mike is the Associate Pastor at Crossroads, is the leader of our Fresh Market Program, and Pastor of The Vine UMC in Alliance, Ohio. He also leads the Tuscarawas Urban Action Team and is a part of the East Ohio Conference Board on Race and Religion.

Jane Fleischer

Director of Caring Ministries

Jane is the director of our caring ministries program and also is the District Table Chair for the Tuscarawas District and is on the Higher Board of Education for the East Ohio Conference.

Beth Pollen

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.

Chris Dazey


Chis Dazey joined our staff in 2020. 

Diane Shuler

Office Administrator


Julie Smith

Children’s Youth Minister Leader

Christine Streb

Finance Administrator

George Frenz

Head Custodian