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Matt Armstrong

Executive Director

Matt has a B.A. in elementary education and an M.A. in Christian formation and ministry from Wheaton College. Matt served as a public school teacher before leaving the classroom to work with Crossroads in 1998. In addition to serving full time with Crossroads, Matt is a volunteer youth leader at his church. He is married to Adriana, and they have two amazing daughters. Matt’s role at Crossroads is to provide leadership, accountability and vision: to reach as many kids as possible as effectively as possible.

Phone: 630-501-4374
Instagram: matt.j.armstrong

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Katie Ki

Assistant Executive Director

Prior to joining our team in 2016, Katie taught in a public school in the Atlanta area. Her previous experience was as an English teacher and youth worker in Cambodia (where she met her husband). Katie earned two degrees from Wheaton College (a B.A. in Spanish and a Master of Arts in Teaching). Katie and Sokion along with their daughter, Evelyn, relocated to join the Crossroads team and now call the Rockford area home. Katie’s responsibilities include writing curriculum, developing training, coaching clubs and assisting in the overall leadership of the ministry.

Phone: 630-504-2630
Facebook: katie.sheffield.9

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Robert Ortiz

Ministry Growth Specialist

Raised in the inner city of Chicago, Robert graduated from Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana, with a B.A. in Liberal Arts. He met his wife, Amy, during high school, and they now live in Elgin, Illinois, with their three children: Selah, Soelle and Silas. Robert has served in a variety of different roles and settings from administration to management, but his heart for teens and children is what led him to pastor his church’s youth group. Robert’s vision and passion for the ministry has grown, and he was able to join our staff team in 2014. Robert’s focus is on developing new clubs and also providing ongoing support and assistance to established clubs.

Phone: 224-325-2331
Facebook: robert.ortiz.31924

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Linda Emberson

Club Developer

Linda earned an A.S. degree from Kishwaukee Community College. Her experience includes ten years in accounts receivable at a paper forms company, working as a chiropractic assistant, leading in Bible Study Fellowship, 20 years in children’s ministry and serving as a stay-at-home mom to three (now adult) children: Matthew, Tyler and Allison. Linda is married to her high school sweetheart, Dave, and they live in Rockford, Illinois. Linda has served as a Kids Club team leader for four years, and now her role is to facilitate relationships and monitor club health for all the Kids Club locations.

Phone: 815-979-2667