Biblical Leadership

The Bible only lists two titles of leadership in the local church: Elders and Deacons. The following is a brief description of each.

Elders

Elders (also known as shepherds, overseers, pastors), are men who are responsible for the overall pastoral leadership, governing, oversight and teaching of the congregation (Ephesians 4:11-13, I Timothy 3:1-7, Acts 20:28, 1 Peter 5:1-4). An elder is called to care for Jesus’ church by teaching scripture, preaching the gospel, and leading the church.

For more information on our leadership structure, including the role of the congregation, accountability structures, and biblical teaching on our beliefs, please see the Sovereign Grace Book of Church Order.

Deacons

A pastor’s primary responsibility is the ministry of the word and prayer (Acts 6:4). And since there are many other tasks needed in the church beyond teaching and praying, the pastors need help from other godly servant leaders. That’s where the deacon comes in. The term “deacon” or diakonos, means one who serves and ministers to the needs of others. The central duty of a deacon is to help the pastors in any way necessary to ensure the physical and spiritual needs of the church are met.

Practically at Cross of Grace, deacons serve different functions, such as community group leaders, administrators of our benevolence fund, and worship team leaders. Because of their role in helping the pastors care for the Body, deacons are an essential part of our church leadership.

Our Pastors

Scott Crook, Lead Pastor

Scott Crook serves as Lead Pastor at Cross of Grace. He is a graduate of Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, and received his Masters from Crown College. For 20 years, Scott has taught the word of God is some capacity—serving as an educator in a Christian school and in pastoring the local church. A native of Georgia, Scott and his wife Angela moved to Minnesota in April of 2003. Since then, God has blessed them with the adoption of their daughter Chloe and son Noah. They live in Chaska.

Duties as an Elder

Preaching, teaching and family counseling.

Family

My lovely bride Angela, daughter Chloe, and son Noah.

A Few of My Favorite Things

Quiet evenings at home with my wife, a good laugh, Mexican food, writing, college football (big Georgia Bulldogs fan), any book by C. H. Spurgeon, Jerry Bridges, C. J. Mahaney, or John Piper.

Nathan Treguboff, Pastor

Nathan Treguboff serves as an Elder of Cross of Grace. On completion of high school he attended Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, TX and graduated with a Practical Theology Degree. God opened his eyes to the purpose of the gospel in and through the local church. After serving several years on staff, Nathan attended and graduated from the Sovereign Grace Pastor’s College in 2010. He and his wife Hilary, daughter Sophie, and sons Chason, Calvin, and Ian live in Chaska.

Duties as an Elder

Oversight of ministries, worship, administration, media and communication

Family

The love of my life, my wife Hilary, daughter Sophie, and sons Chason, Calvin, and Ian.

A Few of My Favorite Things

Minnesota’s North Shore, movies, golfing, the beach and SUN, a perfectly cooked steak, traveling, and making memories with my family.

Andrew Schmidt, Pastor

Andrew Schmidt serves as an Elder of Cross of Grace. He has a wonderful wife, Emily, and five young boys. Andrew desires to help equip the saints for the work of ministry. His involvement in his family’s businesses gives him a unique perspective in how Christ can be glorified in the workplace as well. He has a desire to see people’s lives transformed by the gospel of Jesus Christ and a driving passion to see Christ glorified in people’s individual vocation and lives.

Duties as Elder

Church Finances

Family

Emily Schmidt—wife, and 5 boys—James, Lane, Lucas, Zachary, Joshua

A Few of My Favorite Things

Getting away on vacations with my wife and boys, reading the Bible, praying for people, having deep one on one talks with my boys, being around other entrepreneurs, being used by God.