Meet Our Team

Elders

We believe in a biblical form of church government consisting of godly male elders tasked with the responsibility to shepherd the church. As shepherds and overseers of a local church, elders are entrusted with protecting, leading, equipping, and caring for the corporate church body and its individual members. The elder board at The Bridge consists of a majority of qualified lay leaders who serve alongside the pastors who have been appointed to this office.

Mark Boersma

Elder

"My family and I have been here since the beginning. My wife, Britt, and I have three children: Kelley Grace Flournoy (married to Carter), Jackson, and Kate! I am also a doctor at Glenwood."

Dickie Crawford

Elder 

"I am the Associate Vice President for Student Advancement at Louisiana Tech University. We have been a part of the church since 2006! I am married to my wife, Toni, and we have two children: Adam and Emma Richardson (married to Danny)." 

Chris Hanchey

Elder, Teaching pastor

"I have been a part of The Bridge since 2002 (when it was called Crossroads). Karen and I got married that same year, and we have three kids: Jude, Owen, and Charlotte."

Byron Moore

Elder

"I have been married to my wife, Melinda, for 36 years! We have been at The Bridge since the Civil War (kidding), but we were a part of the founding group of Christ Community (which is now The Bridge).  We have four children: Matthew (married to Haven), Michael (married to Analee), Elizabeth, and John David (married to Alli). We are also blessed with two grandchildren: Hudson and Lily! During the week, I am a financial planner." 

Don Schillinger

elder

"My amazingly awesome wife Ammi and I have been at The Bridge since its beginning. We have three children: Tara Stone (married to Matt), Taylor Borden (married to Chase), and Madison Kaufman and three grandchildren: Audrey, Sam, and Ella. I am the Dean of the College of Education at Louisiana Tech University."

Sid Moller

elder

"I retired a couple of years ago. Through the years, I've been a labor relations specialist for Exxon, practiced law in Colorado and Wyoming, taught law school for a short while in Wyoming, and then for some 17 years at Mississippi College. In my last stint before retiring, I was President of the Davison Transportation business unit of Genesis Energy.
My wife Dalerie and I have four children: Sara, Mat, Walker, and Story. We have 12 grandchildren."

James Skinner

elder, teaching pastor

"My wife Kelli and I moved to Ruston in 2003 to plant what was then called Crossroads Church. We have a daughter named Aubri. When I was a child, my family moved to Ruston, and I attended high school and college here. It's been a joy to move back to the city I love and share Christ here."

Matt Slate

elder, Teaching Pastor

"My wife Kristen and I moved back to Ruston in 2008 to lead college ministry at what was then Crossroads Church. Since moving back, God has given us three children: Cooper, Lily, and Caleb."