Meet our STAFF

  • Brett Wilson

    senior pastor/teacher

    Brett is a 1986 graduate of Johnson University, and has served Cross Lane as pastor since 1992.  Teaching, counseling, leadership and encouragement are his primary focuses at Cross Lane.  Brett has three grown children, Bennett, Tanner and Delaney.  In his free time, Brett and his wife Dee Dee enjoy camping, reading, movies, music and the companionship of their little buddy, Pieter the Italian Greyhound.


  • Kyle Nelson

    teaching pastor

    Kyle graduated from Johnson University and joined staff full-time at Cross Lane as the Pastor of Creative Arts in June 2004.  In 2009, he received his Masters of Worship from The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies.  Currently, Kyle is the Teaching Pastor and helps develop and lead courses and retreats that contribute to the spiritual development of the congregation.  He is also responsible for Life Groups.  We are thrilled and blessed to have Kyle, his wife Stephanie and their sons Maddox, Macquire, Malach and Matthias with us.


  • Shelby Smith

    creative arts pastor

    Shelby graduated from Lincoln Christian University in 2016 and is currently working on a Master of Arts in Formative Worship from Lincoln Christian Seminary.  Shelby joined the Cross Lane team in 2018 as the Creative Arts Pastor.  Shelby loves good coffee, creative design, reading and making music.


  • Ryan Pursch

    student pastor

    Ryan and his wife Lori have been members at Cross Lane since 1997 and joined staff full-time in December 2005.  Ryan oversees student ministry from middle school through college.  As time allows, Ryan, Lori and their chidren Abbigail and Noah enjoy gardening, playing sports and family outings together.


  • Jimmy McAfee

    children's pastor

    Jimmy graduated from Johnson University in 2017 with a degree in Youth Ministry and Preaching .  Jimmy started working at Cross Lane as the Children's Pastor in 2018.  His wife Katie, is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry.  Jimmy likes to play guitar/bass, create/edit movies, hiking and anything associated with amusement parks and roller coasters. 


  • Tracy Sutliff

    administrative pastor

    Tracy is a 1990 graduate of Indiana State University and received his Master of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University in 1996.  Tracy and his wife Julie have been members at Cross Lane since 1995 and joined staff full-time in March 2008.  Tracy is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Cross Lane, missions/outreach, volunteers and the assimilation process.  In their free time, Tracy, Julie and their children Jaden, Justin and Jeremiah enjoy camping, spending time with family and outdoor activities.


  • Cheryl Cuthbertson

    financial secretary

    Cheryl is our Financial Secretary.  Cheryl and her husband Troy have been members of Cross Lane since 1988.  Cheryl started working full-time for Cross Lane in January 2008.  Cheryl and Troy have three grown children, Tony, Stacey and Kelly.  They also share their home with their dogs Willow and Izzy.


  • Lizzy Howard

    kids hope director

    Lizzy is our Kid's Hope USA Director.  Lizzy is part of our worship band and is a very talented musician.  Lizzy along with her husband J have two children, Davis and Grayson.  They enjoy watching movies and spending time together as family.


  • Michelle Summerlot