Lead Pastor
  • Pastor Erik has a strong passion for outreach and equipping all people to use their God-given talents for serving others in South Jersey and around the world.
  • Erik graduated from The College of New Jersey with a double major in English and Education in 2002. He worked as a youth pastor and young adults pastor at Fellowship Alliance Chapel, served as the Young Adult Director for Metro District of The Christian and Missionary Alliance, planted Journey Church in Cherry Hill, served as Development Pastor at Fervent Church. 
  • In 2010, Erik was ordained by the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Erik attended Calvary Baptist Seminary in Lansdale, PA, where he earned his Masters of Arts degree in Christian Ministry.
  • Erik and Lauren also co-founded the South Jersey chapter of Serve the City– a movement that raises volunteerism, building bridges between needs and resources as people come together for transformation.
  • He started the Pastoral Leadership School, which prepares men and women with the head knowledge, heart approach, and hands-on skills required to serve in ministry in our society today.
  • The Vagen family are grateful for God calling them to the Crossroads church family. We believe God is doing amazing things as this church family helps people find truth in everyday life.

Two verses that have shaped Erik’s life and ministry are Matthew 4:19 and Romans 6:23:

“Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” -Jesus Christ
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” -Romans 6:23

Elders Team

We are lead by a team of elders that is responsible for the vision of the church and governance (1 Timothy 3:1-7). Each elder has an area of responsibility and oversight. "Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you..." 1 Peter 5:2

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Brian Gardner
  • Elder
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Dave Taylor
  • Elder, Life Group Leader
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Paul Short
  • Elder, Life Group Leader

Life Group Leaders

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Brian Stahre
  • Life Group Leaders, A/V
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Dave Taylor
  • Elder, Life Group Leader
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Paul Short
  • Elder, Life Group Leader
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Erik Vagen
  • Lead Pastor


Jaylyn Gardner
  • Office Administrator
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John Van Sant
  • Music Director, Web Security
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Matt Gardiner
  • Intern