Our Staff
At Cross of Christ we are truly grateful for our gifted spiritual leaders. Because our pastors correctly handle God’s saving Word, we honor them and their work. Likewise, our shepherds serve us tirelessly because they want our church family to continually grow closer to Jesus our Savior. As with our church family’s oneness in faith, our pastors share a unified philosophy toward team ministry that results in giving God their best without concern for individual credit. We are proud of our pastors and the way they work well together to meet the needs of our family, encourage individuals and motivate and rejuvenate each other with God’s Word.
 
Pastor John Steinbrenner:

 
In 1987, Pastor John Steinbrenner graduated from Northwestern College (Watertown, WI) with a B.A. Four yea
rs later he earned his Masters of Divinity from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, including a year of internship at Grace Lutheran Church in Portland, OR. After serving as an associate pastor of a large church in southern Minneapolis for three years, John was Called by the Pacific Northwest Mission Board to start a church in NW Boise. John and his wife Carrie have raised their three children (Hans, Tarah, Mark) in Idaho since 1994.  Carrie teaches at Cross of Christ’s Preschool and loves to cook, read and garden if she has a spare moment. Pastor Steinbrenner tries to keep up with his sons on the basketball court and he enjoys a round of golf now and again.
 
The Steinbrenners are grateful for the privilege God has given them to be involved in the lives of this wonderful Christian family.

Email Pastor Steinbrenner at john.steinbrenner@cocboise.org.
 

Pastor Matt Zimpelmann: 

In 1998, Pastor Matt Zimpelmann graduated from Martin Luther College (New Ulm, MN) with a B.A. Four years later he  earned his Masters of Divinity from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, including a year of internship at Messiah Lutheran Church in Wichita, KS. After serving as the pastor of two churches in central Nebraska for seven years, Matt accepted a Call to Cross of Christ, Boise. He and his wife Gina brought their two children, Michael and Lily, to Boise in the spring of 2009.  In December of 2014, the Lord added a beautiful little girl, Emma, to their family.
 
In her free time, Gina loves to cook, exercise and spend time with her family. Pastor Z enjoys reading and about every sport you can name – both watching and competing.
 
The Zimpelmanns are so thankful that God, in his infinite wisdom, brought them to Idaho and are thrilled with all of the opportunities here to grow closer to Jesus together with God's precious people at Cross of Christ.

Email Pastor Z at matt.zimpelmann@cocboise.org.


Pastor Ben Workentine:

In 2008, Pastor Ben Workentine graduated from Martin Luther College (New Ulm, MN) with a B.A.  After finishing his undergraduate degree, he moved to East Asia where, for two years, he taught English during the day to college students and led Bible studies at night.  In 2010, Ben moved back to the States to attend Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary earning his Masters in Divinity in 2014, which included a year of internship at Holy Word in Austin, TX.   Ben accepted the Call to Cross of Christ in June 2014 and he and his new wife, Kim moved to the Treasure Valley in August 2014.  In January, 2016, Ben and Kim were blessed with their first born child Ezekiel. The three of them now live in Meridian, a great home base as Ben begins work with the second site of Cross of Christ.
 
Email Pastor Workentine at ben.workentine@cocboise.org.
Twitter:  @COCPastorW


Pastor Kurt Wetzel:

Pastor Kurt Wetzel earned his B.A. degree from Martin Luther College (New Ulm, MN) in 2012 and his M.Div. from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary (Mequon, WI) in 2016. During his seminary training, he spent a year as a pastoral intern at Immanuel Lutheran Church (Greenville, WI).  Following seminary graduation, he was assigned to Cross of Christ as an associate pastor for the Boise campus.

Kurt and his wife, Stephanie, have two children, Hannah and Teddy.  Stephanie likes to bake, paint, and read.  In his free time, Kurt enjoys music (of all kinds), coffee roasting, hiking, and an occasional straight razor shave.

Kurt, Stephanie, and the kids are thrilled to be here in Boise and to serve and be a part of the Cross of Christ family!

 
Email Pastor Wetzel at kurt.wetzel@cocboise.org.


Kristen Koepsell:

Staff Minister Kristen Koepsell graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran College (Milwaukee, WI) in 2003 with a degree in Psychology and minors in Communication and Theology, and completed her Synod certification as a Staff Minister from Martin Luther College (New Ulm, MN) in 2014. She served as Staff Minister at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Middleton, WI, from 2003 until 2012.  As Coordinator of Music and Elementary Education & Fellowship at Cross of Christ, Kristen accompanies worship services, assists the pastors in choosing worship music, directs all choirs, and mentors musicians of all ages as they use their gifts in worship. She also coordinates Sunday school and youth ministries for Kindergarten through 5th grade.
 
Kristen enjoys keeping up with friends and family scattered about the country; reading (particularly sci-fi and classic literature) and writing; listening to, playing, and writing music; resale/thrift/consignment shopping; hiking the Boise foothills; and pursuing both spiritual and physical fitness.


Email Kristen Koepsell at kristen.koepsell@cocboise.org.


Carrie Steinbrenner:

In 1986, Carrie graduated from Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Education.  For 3 years she taught a 1st/2nd grade combination class in Jenera, Ohio.  After getting married, Carrie continued her time in the classroom in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she taught a 4 year-old preschool class in the mornings and a 3rd/4th grade combination class in the afternoons.  Carrie and husband John moved to Idaho in 1994.  For several years she left the formal classrooms to make her home a place of learning for her 3 young children (those "young" children are now grown adults!).  Carrie returned to the classrooms of NW Ada County in 1998 as a substitute teacher in our Meridian School District.  Because of her extensive experience in early childhood education, Carrie was asked to open and serve as our head teacher here at Cross of Christ Preschool.  We have been blessed to have her as our teacher from 2005 to the present.

Email Carrie Steinbrenner at preschool@cocboise.org

Kristin Knight:

As the Office Administrator at Cross of Christ, Kristin is responsible for the day to day operations of our office, relieving our Pastors of administrative responsibilities, as well as assisting our lay ministry leaders in their service.  Prior to joining Cross of Christ full time in April 2016, Kristin was active in a variety of our ministries, including serving as the Sisters in Christ President, volunteering at Vacation Bible School, Soccer Camp and Camp Christos, and organizing and leading many events at Cross of Christ. In addition, Kristin served as an officer in the Air Force after college for 3 yrs, and then spent the next 30 years as a Software Engineer, working for Link Training, HP and Cradlepoint.  She feels blessed that she was able to change roles and serve full time at Cross of Christ.  God's timing is perfect!  

Kristin and her husband Tim are very close to being empty nesters.  They have a blended family of 3 children (Jessica, Sam and Ken) and love to laugh, hike, golf and travel.  
                                                                
Email Kristin Knight at secretary@cocboise.org
 

 
He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all – how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? ~ Romans 8:32