Rev. Michael Downs, Lead Pastor
Pastor Michael and his wonderful wife, Jenn and their three children moved here in 2015. We are very blessed to have found the Pastor that God has called here to Cross Pointe Church of the Nazarene. We are enjoying the vision and direction that God has given Pastor Michael for our church as we move into the future.
Pastor Michael has been in the ministry for over 25 years. His passion is to preach the Word of the Lord and create systems that help the entire church get involved in living out the Discipleship Process. 
Michael loves hiking, canoeing, ping pong, spending time with family and friends and as well as KU basketball, KC Royals and KC Chiefs.  Yes, he is originally from the MidWest. He is enjoying exploring the Delmarva Peninsula as well as the mountains and waterfalls across the state. His family has really enjoyed adding 2 new local foods to their pallets: Maryland Crab Cakes and Smith Island Cake.
Pastor Michael enjoys getting to know people’s stories and seeing lives transformed.  His desire is to help people find their place in God’s bigger story.
His favorite passages are: John 10:10, Proverbs 3:5-6, Romans 8:1-2, Romans 12, 2 Corinthians 5:11-21
You can contact Pastor Michael at
Rev. Jared Willemin, Pastor to Children & Families
Pastor Jared and his wife, Denise, moved to Salisbury in 2010. He came on staff at the church in 2012.  They are now a family of 4 with Bryson and Hadley. Jared first felt a call to ministry when he was in junior high. He attended Eastern Nazarene College and Nazarene Theological Seminary in preparation for ministry.  Jared served as the youth pastor at the Kansas City Urban Youth Center before moving to Salisbury.  During his time at Cross Pointe he has completed a Doctor of Ministry at Northern Seminary, focusing on New Testament context.  
He loves sports and kids so starting the Upward Sports and Mega Sports Camp programs at Cross Pointe were a perfect fit for him. 
He is passionate about the Church connecting with the community in local schools and neighborhoods.
His other priorities for ministry are connecting kids with small group leaders who know and love Jesus and helping parents intentionally raise their children to be life-long disciples of Jesus.
You can contact Pastor Jared at
Gabe Wickstrum, Pastor of Worship & Media
God called Gabe, Jen, and their 3 kids to Salisbury in April of 2017. Gabe graduated from MidAmerica Nazarene University with a degree in Business Administration and is currently pursuing courses for ordination.   He has served as a worship leader for 15 years and loves helping people connect to God through music.
Gabe enjoys hiking, sunsets on the Nanticoke river, fires at Assateague beach, and grilling for family and friends.     
You can contact Pastor Gabe at

Melanie Longacre, Bridge Kids Jr. Director

Melanie, her husband Brian, and their 4 children have been a part of Cross Pointe since 2009.  Prior to moving to Maryland Melanie was an elementary school teacher and then the Daycare Director for 6 years at the church where her family attended.  Since coming to Cross Pointe she has been actively involved in Children’s Ministries as a lay leader. 

In 2017 she began to lead the Preschool and Kindergarten Ministries and found her passion!  She joined the staff in 2019 as the Director of Early Childhood Ministries.  She is currently working towards ordination.

Melanie is passionate about children learning to love God at a young age and supporting parents through the different phases of parenting.  She also loves to help people to develop the skills God has given them so that they can also lead others.

In her free time she loves watching football, especially the Steelers, crocheting, trying new recipes and learning about people & history.