Meet Our Staff
REV. STEVE WHEELER
As Senior Pastor, I love how the people of Cross View care for one another and how they truly are the hands and feet of Christ to our community in so many ways. At Cross View, we love to live out our faith. It’s awesome!
As a boy growing up in Eugene and Springfield, Oregon, my parents were instrumental mentors to my faith. They didn’t just tell me about Jesus, they showed me Jesus through their lives, their actions, and their living example.
My favorite Bible story? It’s tough to narrow it down to one, but the resurrection of Jesus is my favorite. Everything in salvation history hinges on the resurrection! Because Christ is risen, I know that my sins are forgiven, that hell has no claim on my soul, and that the curse of death has been overcome. The resurrection means that because Christ lives, the free gift of eternal life belongs to me and to all believers.
I love the color green… and not just because I am a big Oregon Ducks fan. I love green because it is in many ways the color of life and of growth. Green reminds me of the story of the Bible – how God created life, redeemed life, and through His Son gives eternal life.
I’m a bit of an adrenaline junky, and I get a rush from my love of cycling – both on mountain and road bikes. For me, cycling is a great way to see God’s creation while exercising. One of my favorite childhood memories is assembling my first BMX racing bike piece by piece, so I guess I’ve had the urge to hop on a bike most of my life.
Like everyone else, I love summer in Minnesota. I love the smell of the grill. I love eating what the grill produces. And I love taking part in summer outdoor activities with friends and family. Since moving to Minnesota, I’ve also become proficient at a specialized outdoor pursuit -- “speed-mowing” my half-acre lawn. And I admit I get an adrenaline rush from my need for lawn care speed. If you’re scoring at home, my current record for mowing my front and back yards is 40 minutes 25.009 seconds. But records are made to be broken!
Some people know of my love for music, and the inspiration I draw from it. What you may not know about is my triumphant work as a member of an underappreciated 80’s cover band. Yes, I was the drummer in a Boston cover band that took off in 1987. More than a feeling, we were the real deal. As you might imagine, though, our reunion tour is still pending!
Good people, good music, and good books are things that make me happy. They also inspire me.
In my time at Cross View, I’ve been inspired by people’s involvement in our church and in our neighborhoods. It’s refreshing to see the love of God and His kingdom come alive at Cross View, and how much people want to be involved where God is moving around them in their homes, neighborhoods, schools and workplaces.
I grew up in South St. Paul, Minnesota, and ever since I was young, I’ve loved arts & crafts. I just love making stuff, whether it’s throwing pots (ceramics), drawing and painting, or building a pinewood derby car, a birdhouse, or a bigger project like building a bed, finishing a home repair project or remodeling. I love working with my hands and seeing progress.
My favorite childhood memory is getting in trouble with my mom at dinner while my brother and I tried our hardest to get my sister to spit milk through her nose. (Let’s just say it happened more than once.)
I’ve been blessed throughout my life with spiritual mentors during different times of struggle, growth, and celebration in my faith walk. I’m especially grateful to my parents, Dr. Rich Carter, Pastor Jim Barton, Dr. Joel Okamoto, and my wife Rachel and our wonderful family.
Musically, my interests are constantly changing depending on the day and my mood at the moment. I have a lot of favorites, but I never go wrong with Toby Mac, Lecrae, Kutless, Gungor, David Crowder, or Need to Breathe. I’ve been known to take the mike on occasion and belt out some karaoke, but I’m not sure it’s enjoyable to anyone but me. Consider yourself forewarned!
Psalm 57 inspires me for two reasons. First, it’s a beautiful praise psalm. David praises God before He delivers David from his enemies with a beautiful praise refrain. Second, Rachel and I included a musical rendition (by the band “Nate & James”) of the psalm as the recessional for our wedding (so the passage has a bit of personal meaning to us both).
DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES
Children inspire me. They fill my heart with joy, and it’s a blessing for me to have the opportunity to share God’s Word with Cross View’s children and their families.
Jeremiah 29:11 means a lot to me: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” This passage gives me comfort in knowing that even though things may happen that I don’t understand or I may not like, I am reassured that God is in control, and that He does have a plan. When I look back at certain events in my life, I can see God’s hand in it, even if I couldn’t see it at the time.
My faith foundation came from my parents. They taught me to live out my faith no matter where I am. I grew up in Park Forest, Illinois, a southern suburb of Chicago. As a Chicago native, my favorite teams are the Bears and Blackhawks. (Sorry!)
During the long Minnesota winters, I like to quilt and scrapbook in my spare time. My favorite place to relax is in my backyard, and in the summer months, I really enjoy gardening, biking and taking walks.
Most people don’t know that I love to cook with my husband, and that we roast our own coffee together. Family is a big part of my life. I love my own family very much and I’m also grateful to be part of a Cross View family full of so many great people who are willing to help each other and share the gifts and talents that God has provided.
DIRECTOR OF YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS MINISTRIES
I am blessed to lead Cross View’s youth and young adult programs here at Church and in service to the community, and I do whatever I can to contribute to our warm and welcoming culture.
My favorite Bible stories involve the disciple Simon Peter. He had a passion for doing God’s work AND he made all sorts of mistakes. His passion and his flaws make the Bible more relatable to me.
I grew up in Palmer, Alaska, and in Eagle Lake, Minnesota. My father was a Director of Christian Education at churches in those towns. He is the biggest mentor in my faith walk.
My favorite hobby? Probably slow pitch softball. But I also enjoy binge watching Netflix™ with my wife Kelsie, cheering for the Minnesota Twins, and guiding and working with young people.
I love my family and friends. Most people know that about me. But you may not know about my fixation with Milk Chocolate Mint Conditions from Caribou Coffee ™, and you may not know that I play the Bari Saxophone.
Music inspires me. All kinds of it. Jazz. Christian Rock. Classical. You name it. I listen to it. For karaoke, though, I like to go with a little Bon Jovi. Livin’ on a Prayer. I’m not quite ready for a world tour, but I’m getting better all the time!
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC & FINE ARTS MINISTRIES
I lead the music and fine arts ministries of Cross View that range from our adult and bell choirs to our annual Christian Arts Festival. All of our worship services include music, and I’m thankful for the opportunity to magnify Him through the vibrant musical and arts programs at Cross View.
I grew up in Centralia, Missouri, a small town where we had the freedom to explore on our own. My mother was a tremendous example and role model for me. She lived her life in service to others as Christ calls on us to do.
As a mother myself, I’m intrigued by the stories of Mary, from the annunciation through Christ’s resurrection. Psalm 108:1 – 5 is a favorite passage in the Bible. It’s one of many Psalm passages that praise God for His glory, love and faithfulness, and I can respond to that through music and service.
I enjoy entertaining friends and family, because I love to cook creatively and open my home to others. I also have great affection for chocolate, travel, spring time, and the people of Cross View!
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION
Lisa Carston has been in the public accounting arena since 2004. Lisa has worked extensively with small to medium sized businesses. She enjoys working with clients, putting an emphasis on sound bookkeeping systems, preparation of financial statements, human resources, lean processes, and team building.
Between 2004 and 2011, Lisa worked full time while attending the University of Phoenix – Arizona. She earned her way through college and graduated in May, 2007 with a BS degree in Accounting. She enjoys learning so much that she went ahead and started her MBA and is very close to completing it.
Lisa’s greatest professional achievement is the rapport she’s established and maintained with her business clients. They depend on her and she thrives on exceeding their expectations.
Lisa enjoys traveling, and being with her family and friends.
As church secretary, it is a privilege to be a member of the Cross View staff. In my role, I organize and prepare many of the behind the scenes details that help keep things moving forward.
Originally from Tucson, AZ, I earned my BA in Education and MA in Administrative Education from the University of Arizona. I’m a University of Arizona alum through and through, and I’ll always cheer for the Wildcats! After teaching school for ten years in Tucson, God called me to California where I served for twenty-plus years as Children’s Director for several California churches.
Several years ago, my son married a Minnesota girl and they settled in Los Angeles, CA. That is when I learned that Minnesota girls often come home! They sold their Los Angeles home in April 2015 to move here and I followed shortly thereafter. Having spent my life in Arizona and California, I’ve enjoyed experiencing all four of the beautiful Minnesota seasons!
One of my favorite books of the Bible is Nehemiah. God gave Nehemiah a vision and, in spite of opposition and struggles, he persevered and led his people to realize this vision by praying, planning well, delegating tasks to people according to their talents, and interceding on his people's behalf. Nehemiah's faith never wavered; he kept his focus on the vision, and he never gave up. His example continues to be an inspiration to me.
Over the years, I have grown to love God's Word and He often brings to my mind verses that I learned as a child. One especially meaningful verse is Jeremiah 29:11-13: "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."
Nowadays, I get to spend lots of time with my son, his wife and her family, attend concerts in the park, take morning walks, visit the Arboretum, sample restaurants all over the Twin Cities, and so much more! Thanks to my most wonderful daughter-in-law, I have never been so busy and I love every minute of my adventures in Minnesota!