our team

Pastors & Leaders

Dan Crosby

Founding Pastor (1965 - 2021)

Daniel Crosby attended Bible school at Victory Bible Institute in Tulsa, OK, in 1985 and received hands-on experience at Victory Christian Center. Dan began overseas ministry with Victory Christian Center in 1987. Dan was the Acquire the Fire Director at Teen Mania Ministries for a couple years and then helped to start a short-term missions organization called Big World Ventures. Feeling called to the local church, he was asked to be an associate pastor at a 1,200 member church in Northwest Indiana.  He began Fuel International, a short-term missions organization, in 1996 in partnership with the local church. Dan traveled to over 25 nations doing short-term missions. He graduated from Regent University with a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership. In 2014, he planted Fuel Church alongside of his loving wife, son, and daughter.  In August of 2021, Dan passed suddenly.  While he may no longer be physically present with us, we still believe the call he answered from God is still relevant to us today.. to ignite the nations of the world and the local church with God's love.

Maria Crosby

Lead Pastor & Co-Founder

Maria has also traveled to about 20 nations of the world doing short-term missions. She graduated from Oral Roberts University with a bachelor’s in Spanish Education. Maria grew up in a pastor’s home and helped with children’s ministry, music ministry, and youth ministry within the Church. Maria also assisted Dan in his ministry endeavors with Teen Mania, Big World Ventures, and Fuel International. Dan and Maria enjoy spending time with their family hiking, skiing, watching television and movies, and eating out. Dan and Maria have two young adult children, Seth and Alyzsa, who have been involved in ministry with them growing up.

Jerrell Sarmiento

Associate Pastor

Unorthodox, to put it all in one word, nothing about Jerrell’s journey has been traditional or normal and that’s the way he likes it! Jerrell came to know the Lord in 2006, and he has never looked back. Jerrell cut his teeth in ministry serving with Harvest Christian Center (HCC) in Redwood City, California and later graduated from TeenMania’s Honor Academy in Garden Valley, Texas. He returned from the Honor Academy with his soon-to-be wife, Rachel, to lead youth ministry with HCC. In 2013, Jerrell and Rachel made their way to Monument, Colorado to help plant Fuel Church with the Crosby Family. Since then, Jerrell has been a part of several local and international ministries. He and his family love missions and the local church. Together, they serve alongside Fuel Church as leader and an armor bearer. Jerrell and Rachel have two wild and beautiful children Kalvari and Evalyse. They look forward to what’s ahead and they welcome you to be a part of their adventure.

Joylin Syme

Worship Minister

Joylin Syme is a highly committed, dedicated musician who directs the Worship Team to bring the church body into the presence of the Holy Spirit through worship.  She has been faithfully leading worship at Fuel Church since the church began in February of 2014.

Jeff Syme

Sound & Media Tech Director

Jeff coordinates the technology and media teams for the Sunday morning service including sound, visuals, and video . Jeff has been overseeing technology and media since Fuel Church began February of 2014.

Alyzsa Crosby

Admin Assistant  & Content Creator

Alyzsa Crosby graduated from Oral Roberts University in May 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a minor in Sociology. She assists with the creative media team (website, social media, and content creation), Fuel Kids, Fuel Underground, finances, and general office responsibilities.

Brooke Emary

Fuel Kids Director

In 2019, Brooke Emary became the Fuel Kids Director. She works diligently to present the Gospel and the love of Jesus to the next generation. Brooke has also completed her Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a minor in Non-Profit Business  at Colorado State University-Global. 

Marie Simmons

Hospitality Coordinator

Feeling a little hungry? Marie and the Hospitality Team will make sure that you have coffee and donuts before the service begins each Sunday. But make sure you arrive a little early though! Marie coordinates a fun team of people who want to make you feel at home every time you walk through the doors!

Mary Ellen Crosby


Mary Ellen is the bookkeeper for Fuel Church. She worked in accounting for 30+ years at Oral Roberts University and donates her skills and expertise to Fuel Church. She currently resides in Branson, Missouri.