Our Pastors

Eric & Kelly Dykstra are Senior Pastors of The Crossing Church, and they preach at our Elk River, St Paul, and Online locations. They have been married more than 20 years and have three awesome kiddos and one amazing daughter-in-law. They are passionate about seeing broken people far from God come to know the amazing grace of Jesus. God has gifted them both with dynamic preaching and leadership styles, empowering them to share the truth of Christ with a wide demographic of people.

Pastor Eric earned his undergrad at Tennessee Temple University, which is where he met Kelly. He earned his Master's at Faith Theological Seminary in Ankeny, Iowa, which is where he grew up. Spending his summers on his grandpa's farm gave him a love for fishing and the out-of-doors. Pastor Eric published his first book, Grace on Tap, in the fall of 2013. It is available on Amazon and Kindle. He serves on the board of several churches across the country and mentors church planters, making an impact for Jesus beyond the walls of The Crossing. He is on the Advisory Team for C3 Global, a relational network elevating pastors and equipping churches. In December 2013, Pastor Eric was honored by the Minnesota Jaycees as one of the 2013 Ten Outstanding Young Minnesotans. He co-authored the book Unhooked & Untangled: A Guide to Finding Freedom from your Vices, Addictions, and Bad Habits in June of 2014. Available on Amazon and Kindle. In December 2017, Pastor Eric released a devotional study book called See Christ This Christmas: A 25-day Journey. Available on Amazon and Kindle.

Pastor Kelly is a "country girl" from Alabama. She holds a B.S. from University of Northwestern. In 2010, she launched Twirl, a ministry designed to empower the women of The Crossing to thrive in their unique design from God and to work together to change the world. She raises awareness and support for organizations seeking to abolish human trafficking. Pastor Kelly is passionate about enriching the lives of the children at Compassion For All orphanage in Haiti. In addition to hosting weekend services, she enjoys preaching both at The Crossing and as a guest speaker elsewhere. Her first book, The Simple Journal: A starting place for encountering God, was released in April 2014. Her book The People Mover was released in May 2015. Available on Amazon and Kindle. Her book How To Twirl: A Lovely Way to Live was released in May 2017, and is available on Amazon and Kindle. Her latest book is a 14-day devotional called Seasons, and it was released in July 2018. It's available on Amazon. Pastor Kelly enjoys country music, jars of olives, great high heels, and eating out with her family.

We are blessed to learn from and partner

with like-minded pastors across the nation and the world. 

Here is what a few of our pastor friends have to say...

"Pastors Eric & Kelly Dykstra are the real deal. They and their church ministry are a world-class example of a what spiritually healthy, biblically balanced church looks like."

- Pastor Bil Cornelius, Church Unlimited, Corpus Christi, TX, Crossing Board Member

"Pastors Eric & Kelly Dykstra are two incredible pastors that I and our church stand behind wholeheartedly! They are both people of integrity with a deep love and passion for Jesus Christ. I have personally been to The Crossing Church, and I have not seen a more passionate group of people working together to reach and help broken people in my lifetime. This amazing passion is direct result of the leadership and commitment of Pastors Eric and Kelly! I am honored to call them my friends!"  

- Pastor Brad White, LifePoint Church, Tampa, FL, Crossing Board Member

"Pastors Eric & Kelly are amazing leaders of one of the premier churches in America. Their creativity & integrity are inspirational to the Body of Christ today!”  

- Pastor Ed Young, Fellowship Church, Grapevine, TX

"I have had the joy of knowing Pastors Eric & Kelly Dykstra for some time now, and they are amazing leaders. They love the Lord and lead a rock solid church built upon the firm foundation of Jesus Christ. I grew up in Minnesota, and I am so thankful that a church like The Crossing exists in my home state. It's the kind of church where I know my family would feel welcomed, hear a passionate presentation of the gospel, and meet Christ. They are making an incredible Kingdom impact; and the best part is they’re only getting started."

- Pastor Larry Brey, Connections Pastor, Elevation Church, Matthews, NC