Leadership & Service

Pastors & Deacons

Crossway is an Elder-led church. In the New Testament we find four titles used for the officers of the local church: Elder, Overseer, Pastor, and Deacon. The first three terms are used interchangeably to refer to the same office. Elders (Pastors), then, were appointed to oversee and shepherd the overall direction of a local church.  Decision making by the Elders is done only when all Elders are in agreement regarding a particular issue. Each Elder has the same amount of authority as any of the others, but not necessarily the same role or specific ministry to fulfill. Depending on their spiritual giftedness and availability, our Elders will vary in time commitment or forms of public ministry.

Our Elders

Craig Johnson


A native of Detroit, MI, Craig attended The Master’s Seminary in Sun Valley, CA, where he met his wife, Tiffany.  After graduating, they came to NH where Craig began serving as a youth pastor at Christ Community Church in Plainfield. He went on to serve as one of two staff pastors/elders, until he was sent to Keene to help plant Crossway Church with about 30 other CCC members in 2009.  As our Staff Elder, Craig is primarily responsible for preaching, teaching, and counseling, and keeps regular hours at the church building. Craig and Tiffany have six kids, Silas, Mercy, Justus, Ruby, Matthias, and Knox.

Richard Russell

Bio coming soon!
Deacons are official servants within the church, helping to free the Elders from many temporal concerns (Acts 6:1-6).  They have delegated authority under the Elders to lead particular ministries (Acts 6:3, 6).

Our Deacons

Aaron Russo

Media, (Pastor/Elder candidate)

After graduating from Dartmouth College, Aaron worked in inner city Oakland doing gospel ministry among little kids and drug addicts.  He then worked in arts management, sang professionally for a little while, did some carpentry, antiques conservation, graphic design, and supply chain management.  He currently serves as a part time administrator at Crossway, with some teaching and small group leadership responsibilities.  As a deacon he oversees our Media and Online Ministries.  He lives in Surry with his wife, Becky, and their three kids.

Eric Landfried

Children's Ministry

Eric has taught our 4th to 6th Grade Sunday School classes from the very beginning, and has built a reputation for engaging young minds in a thoughtful, reverent examination of the scriptures.  Now as our deacon for Children’s Ministry, Eric oversees our Sunday School and Nursery leaders, providing support, reviewing curriculum, and working with the Elders to support parents in giving our kids the best biblical education we can.  Eric is also a writer (one published novel and another on the way), a drummer, and our resident expert on superheroes.  He and his wife Kristen (also a dedicated Sunday School teacher) live in Walpole.

Sam Vendt

Music, Men's Ministry

Bio coming soon!

Laney Burch

Women's Ministry

Laney lives and serves in Keene with her husband and their two children. She grew up in California, but loves the distinct beauty of each season in New England. Her favorite things to do are to talk and read about how to follow Jesus, sing, learn ballet, and eat chocolate.

Tiffany Johnson

Women's Ministry

Bio coming soon!

Gretchen Russell

Women's Ministry

Bio coming soon!