Rey maldonado

Lead Pastor

Pastor Rey has been serving at CrossLife since its inception in 2013. He is a graduate of Christian Life College in Mt. Prospect Illinois. He has a passion for discipleship and evangelism. He loves spending time with his wife Lymari, daughters Kiara, Janell and his son Darian. 

Dr. Augustine Akalonu


Dr. Akalonu has served as an Elder at CrossLife since 2016.  He comes with a wealth of experience and knowledge. He served as the Executive Director of the Urban Youth Alliance  Inc. for many years.  He has a pediatric  medical practice in the Bronx, NY. He is an avid golfer and a lover of the King James Version.

Andrew Johnson


Andrew has served as an Elder at CrossLife since 2020.  He and his wife Beverly lead up CrossLife's prayer team. 

Luis Sanchez

Assistant Pastor

Pastor Luis came to CrossLife in 2017 and shortly after became CrossLife's first Youth Pastor. Pastor Luis became the Assistant Pastor in 2022. He also leads our media team amongst other things. He loves his wife Mariah and loves watching boxing on the weekends.

T.J. Cacho

Worship Director

T.J arrived at CrossLife Church in the midst of a global pandemic in 2020. He has grown the worship team and has a caring, loving, and prayerful approach to worship ministry.  

Lymari Maldonado

Children's Ministry Director

Lymari has served as the Children's Director since the inception of CrossLife in 2013.  She is devoted to her CrossLife Kids and loves teaching and nurturing them as well as directing annual Christmas Cantata's. 

Desiree Hernandez

Overflow Youth Director

Desiree has served as the Overflow Youth Director since 2022. She and her family are active in worship ministry as well. 

Miguel Lluesma

Head Deacon/ Treasurer

Miguel has served as a Deacon and Treasurer of the Board since 2017.  He and his wife Gisela have played a vital role at CrossLife since arriving. Together they lead up a marriage ministry called "Marriage Matters". Miguel also teaches a financial class he created called "Money Matters". 

Clarence Fitchett

Deacon/ Secretary

Clarence has served as a Deacon and Secretary of the Board since 2019. He is our resident grill master.  Most of the day to day functions of the church would not happen without Clarence and his wife Millie. Clarence also leads up CrossLife's Mens Ministry.

Millie Fitchett


Millie has served as a Deacon at CrossLife since 2019.  She has served us as church administrator and currently leads the Women's ministry. Alongside her husband Clarence she takes care of all the little things that keep the church operational. 

Jose Castro


Jose has served as a Deacon at CrossLife since 2022.  Since his arrival at CrossLife he has  been involved with the daily operations of the church property. His experience as an FDNY firefighter and home inspector helps CrossLife with safety and operational procedures. Jose's family consist of wife Jahaira and daughters Abby and Rachel. 

Carl Pascarella


Carl has served as a Deacon at CrossLife since 2022.  Since Carl and his wife Terri arrived at CrossLife Carl has always been willing to do behind the scene work in the church, especially when it comes to maintenance and upkeep of the building. Carl works in construction by day and is a loving husband, father and friend  day and night.


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