Our international priority definitely influences our leadership. Expatriates are typically more egalitarian than authoritarian. Peter admonished elders to shepherd the flock rather than “lord it over them” (1 Pet. 5:3), so we seek not a “top-down” leading but one that shepherds rather than herds the sheep.
Rick Griffith serves as Crossroads pastor-teacher. He helped begin the church in 2006. His passion is to teach God’s Word in a relevant way, so he has taught preaching, theology, and Bible at Singapore Bible College since 1991, where he is also the Doctor of Ministry Director. Rick also regularly teaches leaders in weaker and persecuted economies such as Sri Lanka, Nepal, Mongolia, and restricted access East Asia nations. Both his masters (ThM) and doctorate (PhD) degrees are from Dallas Theological Seminary. Rick and his wife Susan serve under WorldVenture. They have three sons: his IT son Kurt (30) and his wife Cara live in Seattle, Stephen (27) is a Spirit Air A320 pilot with his wife Katie in Boise, and John (24) is a graphic designer working for ESRI in Redlands, California. Write Rick at firstname.lastname@example.org and find out more about him at his website that offers free Bible study materials in 44 languages.
Leland Calhoun serves as an elder at Crossroads International Church. Leland and his wife Linda served in Central America and Africa for 10 years with Mission Aviation Fellowship supporting churches, evangelism, Bible translation and mission schools and hospitals in remote jungle areas. Leland and Linda are both graduates of East Tennessee State University and Leland completed the advanced studies program from Moody Bible Institute and has an Aviation Technology Degree from Moody Aviation. Leland was on the faculty of Moody Bible Institute's Missionary Aviation Technology School at Elizabethton, Tennessee for 11 years. He also had 15 years in commercial aviation in the USA prior to coming to Singapore in 2012. Leland and Linda have 2 children, son Phil Calhoun of Charlotte, NC and daughter Laura Persenaire with husband, Steve, and 2 granddaughters, Julia and Katie serving with MAF in Kalimantan, Indonesia.