Pastor Jennifer Ginn came to the ministry after working professionally as a teacher and an editor. She has been a pastor in North Carolina since 2000. She earned a BA in English from Wake Forest University and an MA from UT-Knoxville, then returned to NC for continued graduate work at UNC-CH. After teaching at NCSU in Raleigh for six years and then working in editing and manuscript development at SAS Institute in Cary for another six, she and her husband answered God’s call to ministry by moving to Chicago for seminary and spending a year of pastoral internship in central Iowa. She earned a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, was ordained in 2000, and served St. John's Lutheran Church in Salisbury until early 2009, when she began her ministry at Cross & Crown.
Pastor Ginn is also a writer, having published her work in The Lutheran, Christian Century, and the devotional guide Christ in Our Home. Her passions include telling Gospel stories by heart, teaching and mentoring, and walking alongside others as they grow in Christ’s love. She is grateful for the gifted and loving people who worship at Cross & Crown and serve in many ways throughout Matthews and the Charlotte area.
Pastor Brook Seaford, holds a BA from Wake Forest, an MBA from Queens University of Charlotte, and an MDiv from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. He answered God's call while working in the insurance industry. His wife, Kristan, is a mental health counselor and public speaker. They have 5 young children who are active in theater, sports, and a whole host of other activities. In addition to church, they are passionate advocates for NoBarriers, OPAF, and Wounded Warriors. Pastor Brook is a member of the Matthews Rotary and can often be found writing sermons at his favorite local coffee shop, Brakeman's. Cross & Crown has been blessed by his enthusiasm and energy.
Randall Hartsell began his music career as a piano performance and pedagogy major at East Carolina University. His attention turned quickly to the joys of piano composition. Growing up in North Carolina provided inspiration to express the beauty of his native state with lyrical, romantic pieces. His music has expanded beyond the expressive melodic music to also include more advanced and technically demanding compositions as well as clever and creative elementary pieces.
As a past adjunct faculty member of Pfeiffer University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Mr. Hartsell brings a wide range of experiences that enrich the lives of both students and teachers. Mr. Hartsell has been a featured composer and contributor to Clavier Companion, and he is a frequent judge for local composition contests and the National Guild of Piano Teachers composition division. His workshops center on helping students and teachers foster creativity, interest in composition, polish essential technical skills, and develop ease in improvisation. In addition, his broad experience as music director at Cross & Crown has enabled him to pen best-selling Christmas, hymn and wedding collections.
Visit Randall's website at http://www.randallhartsell.musicteachershelper.com.