Leaders & Staff

Ministers & Staff

Nathan Keene

Preaching Minister

Nathan Keene has been the pulpit minister at Kings Crossing since 2022. He went to Sunset International Bible Institute at 18 years old and began preaching full time at 20 years old. He loves to play all kinds of sports, but his main passions are golf, basketball, and guitar. He loves spending time with his wife Avery and 2 kids, Jude and Emersyn.

Dr. Kevin Burr

Discipleship Minister

Dr. Kevin Burr is our Minister of Discipleship. Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, Kevin came on staff at Kings Crossing in August of 2020. He is joined by his wife Linnea and their two children, Peter and Samuel. Kevin and Linnea met as students at Harding University. Kevin went on to complete his Masters degrees in Education and in Divinity at Harding and the Harding School of Theology. He completed his Ph.D. in Biblical Studies at the Asbury Theological Seminary in 2020. Kevin has worked in various capacities at churches in Tennessee and Kentucky. We are glad to have him with us in South Texas! In his free time, he enjoys Ultimate (frisbee) and smoking pork ribs, Memphis-style.

John David Alston

Youth Minister

John David Alston is our Youth Minister.  Both John David and his wife are originally from Springdale, AR.  John David graduated from Harding University in 2022 with his BA in Bible and Family Ministry.  John David is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Old Testament Studies through Harding School of Theology.  In his free time, he enjoys being outdoors playing Ultimate Frisbee and Disc Golf as well as being indoors with a cup of coffee and a good conversation.

Avery Keene

Children's Minister

Avery Keene is our Children’s Minister, and wife of our preacher, Nathan Keene.
She loves teaching kids and watching them grow and learn new things. She
believes that children’s ministry is a pivotal time in a child’s life and is committed
to helping children develop a firm foundation in who God is and His love for us.
Avery loves spending time with her husband a two kids, Jude and Emersyn.

Hunter Aschmutat

Secretary / Digital Communication

With an Associates Degree in Studio Arts from Del Mar College, Hunter Aschmutat is our artist with an eye for design in the office. After growing up in our congregation, Hunter came on staff in 2019 to work as one of our secretaries, focused specifically on our digital forms of communication. She loves discussing moral controversies over sugary coffee drinks. If she's not in the office, she's undoubtedly with her husband Jamie, and young son, Sage.

Kathy Jacobs

Secretary / Bookkeeper

Married to a former Army Major, a Field Artillery Officer named John for nearly forty years, Kathy has lived in Oklahoma, Louisiana, Massachusetts, and New York before returning to Texas. She’s studied in seven different universities, finishing at the State University of New York at Oswego with her Bachelors of Science degree in Education. This mother of two and grandmother of three has worked as a teacher, in the fast food industry, as a dental technician, and with a plastic surgeon. She gained experience in putting out fires while working in the forestry department, where Bigfoot undoubtedly tried to get pictures of her. All of this prepared her for the ultimate role of being our church Secretary and Bookkeeper. She’s the most interesting Secretary in the world. She’s Kathy Jacobs, and you can catch her Monday-Thursday in our church office.

Krystal Dawson

Rainbow Express Director

Krystal has been with Kings Crossing since 2015, having worked in early childhood education for the past five years, an area of great passion for her. Her philosophy is that if children are given the right tools at an early age they have great potential to achieve. This is the mentality that guides Rainbow Express. Krystal has been married to her husband Adrian since 2003. Together they are proud parents of two girls. As a family they have enjoyed traveling around with the Navy. Krystal is thankful for the opportunity to serve with the amazing staff at Kings Crossing.

Dr. Dale Underwood

Prison Ministry Director, Worship Leader

    Dr. Dale Underwood has served in various ministry roles (youth, education, involvement, worship, and pulpit) over the past 35 years in Texas and Oklahoma.  He has had the privilege to learn from and work with talented and dedicated people.  He loves working with people and the study of the Word.  Dale sang, wrote, and recorded with The Sounds of Glory gospel quartet for over 20 years.  At his side (38 years) is Karlene, a beautiful and talented lady who is working in the prison ministry, as well.

      Dale attended Abilene Christian, focusing on music and missions.  Working for years bi-vocationally, Dale also attended Texas A&M and Sam Houston State for degrees that put him into school leadership in various campus and district capacities.  His last post was the superintendent of a school and CEO of a residential facility for adjudicated and foster care teens from every corner of Texas. Dale arrived July 2021 to be the director of our Kings Crossing Prison Ministry, working with Buck Griffith and our staff.

       "I have had longstanding friendships with many of you over the years. It is great to renew friendships and make new ones. I look forward to growing together." -Dale

Buck Griffith

New Life Behavior Ministries

Buck came to Kings Crossing in 1977, having worked with churches in Ropesville, New Home and Grand Prairie. Buck and Janet, natives of Corpus Christi, were in first grade together at David Hirsch....God had a plan. They attended ACU where Buck played football and majored in Bible. After preaching here in Corpus Christi for 25 years, Buck has retired from Directing our Prison Ministry, and is currently leading New Life Behavior Ministries. They are parents of Tishanne Carroll and Yancy Griffith and granddaughter, Taryn Brooks.

  • Andy Bennett

    Worship Leader

  • Mike Gillaspia

    Worship Leader

  • Tom Hollingsworth

    Worship Leader

  • Joe Alley

    Compassion Ministry / Care Portal Coordinator

  • Cheryl Hinton

    Benevolent Meals Coordinator

  • Debbie Cullen

    Benevolent Meals Coordinator

  • Stacy Blair

    Building and Grounds

  • Charles Burnes

    Audio / Visual Team

  • Peyton Copeland


  • Shelley Johnston

    Bible Camp / LTC Coordinator

  • Wendi Fisher

    Online Meal Train Coordinator

  • Jessica Martinez


  • Sandy Richardson

    Education Resources Coordinator

  • Martell Speigner



Kyde Eddleman


Kyde Eddleman returned to serving as an elder in November 2022. He and his family have been members of Windsor Park/Kings Crossing Church of Christ since 1995. Kyde and his wife Sonja have been married since 1984 and have three adult children and four grandkids. Kyde is a retired school administrator who worked for 36 years in public education. He enjoys time with his grandkids and all of their youth activities. He was also a competitive powerlifter for many years and continues to enjoy lifting weights on a regular basis.

Robert Illgen


Robert Illgen has been married to Daneille for over 40 years, with two children and one grandchild.  He served as an elder at Southeast Church of Christ in Houston for 7 years before being transferred to Corpus Christi, where his family has worshipped since 2006.  He has served as an Elder here since 2008.  Hobbies include fishing and golf.

Stephen Johnston


Stephen began serving as an Elder in 2020. He and his wife Shelley have been worshiping at Kings Crossing since they moved to Corpus Christi in 2008. They have two kids, Maylee and Kent and are involved with Youth and Camp Bandina. Stephen works in healthcare administration and enjoys classic cars, sports, and the outdoors.

Richard Scanio


Richard Scanio began serving as an elder in 2020. Richard and Manette have been worshipping at Windsor Park/Kings Crossing since 1989 when they moved to Corpus Christi. Prior to that they worshipped at University Avenue in Austin from 1974 to 1989. They have been married for 46 years and have three children and nine grandchildren. They both work at a local, independent bank.