Pastoral Staff

Meet the leadership team at Crossroads Baptist Church

Meet our leadership

Justyn Smith - Lead Pastor

Pastor Justyn Smith became the Pastor of Crossroads on September 2nd of 2012. Pastor Justyn is married to his wife of 10+ years, Rachel. After nine years of praying and trusting God, the Lord gave Pastor and Rachel their first child, Lydia Grace!


Justyn is the Lead Pastor at Crossroads Baptist Church. He is an Illinois boy from birth, he was saved as a child, and he spent his teenage years as a member of Crossroads Baptist Church where he currently pastors.

Pastor’s bride, Rachel, is Alaskan Grown. She came to know Christ as a child, as well. Justyn and Rachel met at Pensacola Christian College in Florida, and they were married on July 21st, 2007. Immediately thereafter, they entered into the youth pastorate at Princeville Baptist Church under Pastor Lee Taylor. Within nine months, God clearly led them into the itinerant ministry of Evangelism. They spent four and a half years traveling all across America and into Canada, Mexico, and India preaching the Word of God.

In January 2012, God made it very clear through prayer and fasting that Justyn and Rachel Smith were to step toward the pastorate of Crossroads Baptist Church. So in September 2012 they began their new journey together as Justyn assumed the role as Pastor of Crossroads in Peoria, IL.

Lydia Grace was born on February 16th, 2017. To God be the glory for our Pastor and his family. 

James Schneider - Assistant Pastor

Pastor James Schneider became the Assistant Pastor of Crossroads on November 9th of 2014. Aside from assisting the Pastor and ministering at Crossroads, Pastor James owns and operates Knockerball Peoria.


James is the Assistant Pastor at Crossroads Baptist Church. He grew up in rural North Carolina. He grew up going to Oak Level Baptist Church in Stokesdale, North Carolina. There, Pastor Jerry Walker faithfully preached the Bible. Not long after his salvation experience, the Lord called James to be a gospel preacher. He graduated in 2009 from the

Crown College of the Bible and moved back to North Carolina to teach in a Christian school. On June 18th, 2011 James married his bride, Faith, and moved north to help in the ministry of Faith Baptist Church in Kokomo, Indiana. He served with Faith in the youth ministry for three and a half years, and in the spring of 2014 God began di- recting in a different direction. After much prayer, James led his family to Peoria, Illinois and happily accepted the opportunity to be part of the ministry at Crossroads Baptist Church. Bella Grace was born on May 14th, 2013, and Matthew James was born on February 15th, 2016. Milo Andrew (not pictured) was born on September 8th, 2017. To God be the glory for our Assistant Pastor and his family!