Crossroads is an elder-led church, according to the teaching of the New Testament. We have a plurality of elders who oversee the spiritual needs of the congregation. We also have a deaconate who oversee the various physical needs of the body.
Each of the elders (pastors) shares equal standing and authority in the church and have been voted in by the congregation. The elders primarily focus on the spiritual needs of the body. Our deacons serve our church by giving attention to various physical needs in the life of the church. The deacons have been voted in by the contregation as well.
Ben Hyink was born and raised in Michigan and moved to South Carolina for his high school years. From 1997-2002, he attended Northland International University in Northern Wisconsin and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in secondary education. Ben and his family moved to Utah in 2014 with a desire to be part of church planting in the Salt Lake central valley.
Ben married Abby in 2000 and together have the privilege of rearing three amazing children: Joshua, Annie, and Risa. Living in Herriman, their children attend Herriman High School and Athlos Academy. The family enjoys being involved in their neighborhood and community in a variety of ways.
Matthew Emadi grew up in Layton, Utah. He studied business at Weber State University where he also played on the men’s basketball team from 2002-2006. In 2008, Matthew moved to Louisville to pursue a seminary education at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He earned his Master of Divinity in 2011 and completed a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies in 2016. Matthew was called back to his home state in 2014 to serve as the Senior Pastor of Crossroads Church.
Matthew is married to Brittany and they have six children: Elijah, Jeremiah, Aliyah, Josiah, Judah and Isaiah. In his free time, Matthew enjoys spending time with his wife and children.
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Saeed Emadi was born in 1956 in Rezaieh, Iran. He moved to the United States when he was 18 years old. He graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering and later earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration. He worked for the Department of Defense as a civilian and is now retired. In 1984 he put his trust in Christ after the Lord graciously opened his eyes to the truth of the gospel.
He has been married to Theresa since 1980 and have three boys and 11 grandchildren.