Our Staff

  • Tommy "Urban D." Kyllonen

    Lead Pastor

    Tommy founded the youth ministry at Crossover in 1996 after graduating from Southeastern University with a BA in pastoral studies and a concentration in youth ministry. In 2006 he went back to Southeastern University and completed a master’s level Church Leadership Cohort. Starting in 1996, with just four teens, he and his wife developed a first-of-its-kind Hip-Hop Styled Youth Ministry that over the span of six years grew to hundreds, far outpacing attendance in the main Sunday worship. In January 2002, Tommy became the lead pastor at Crossover and a new vision was birthed to specifically reach those influenced by Urban/Hip-Hop Culture. Pastor Tommy


    Urban D. has recorded eight Hip-Hop albums since 1996 and has traveled across the U.S., Africa, Australia, Germany, Japan and the UK performing and speaking at conferences. He has ministered at over 1,000 venues with his music. He has written 3 books. His "Un.orthodox" book was published through Zondervan. The "Next" book is an incredible resource for new believers in the urban context. His latest book "Rebuild" was released in October 2015 through InterVarsity Press along with the "Rebuild" album. The Rebuild Project includes incredible free resources for churches and leaders: small group videos, curriculum, outlines, discussion guides and more available at www.urband.org


    Tommy is also a frequent writer as he is the publisher/general editor for S.O.U.LMAG. Magazine. He also hosts S.O.U.L.MAG TV which airs on JUCE with several million viewers. Tommy also has also coached over 60 pastors through his Urban Coaching Network. You can follow him on twitter, facebook, youtube and instagram under “urband813”

  • Lucy Kyllonen

    Lead Pastor's Wife - Women's Ministry & Administration

    Lucy came to Florida by way of Queens, NY where she was raised. She  attended Southeastern University and graduated with a BA in Psychology and went on to complete her Master’s in Mental Health counseling at USF. Before joining the church staff in 2003, she worked with teens in various professional settings since 1994.


    Not only is Lucy the Lead Pastor’s wife, but also currently she works in the Administrative Department assisting with the day to day operations of managing a church. She is also involved in the planning of church events and activities. Her life has become the church, but more importantly the people in it- in specific, the women of the church. Lucy leads C.H.O.S.E.N. Women’s Ministry and is dedicated to equipping women in leadership roles and reminding all women of their worth and identity in Christ. Lucy is actively involved in teaching membership classes, small groups and mentoring  

    women. She has also served in ministry as a speaker, alongside her husband and contributes articles to the S.O.U.Lmag you are holding. She is humbled that these accomplishments have been the work of God in her life and her willingness to be His vessel.


    As much as she loves being in ministry and fulfilling her purpose, using her gifts and talents, her favorite thing and what she enjoys most is spending time with her best friend (her husband) and being a mother, teacher and role-model to her two growing and curious daughters, Deyana and Sophia.


    You can find Lucy on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at @lucyk813

  • Christopher J. Harris

    Executive Pastor

    Widely known as a Pastor of practical wisdom, who’s also a skilled leader, proficient administrator, strategist, gifted communicator, with a balanced charismatic ministry, Christopher J. Harris is the Executive Pastor at the well-publicized and culture changing multi-ethnic church, Crossover Church of Tampa, Florida with Pastor Tommy “Urban D.” Kyllonen. Previously, he served as Director of Ministry Operations and also a member of the pastoral team at the historic mega-church, Fellowship Church of Chicago, with Pastor Charles Jenkins. He transitioned into this role after serving as Chief of Staff at Fellowship.  He also currently serves as an International Leader within the world-wide ministry reformation, Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International, where Bishop Joseph W. Walker, III is the Presiding Bishop and Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr. is the Founding Bishop. An alumnus of The Florida State University and University of South Carolina, he is also a member of a number of national Boards and community groups. He has previously served in ministries in Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Illinois. Having completed course requirements for his doctorate, he has also served on staff at multiple secondary and post-secondary educational institutions as an administrator, instructor, and staff member. As a life-long learner he recently completed a special Certificate in Ministry & Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. As an entrepreneur, he has launched Inspired Ideas Group, LLC, a conglomerate of trainers and consultants to assist not-for-profits, educational institutions, and ministries to maximize their success in operations and human capital. He has also recently launched a new venture to train and mentor young ministers, ages 13-19, known as The Timothy Troop. As a proficient writer, consultant, policy writer, and blogger, you can find evidence of his work on national platforms on video, in print, on many social media sites, nationally recognized blogs, and in corporate structures. As a preacher and teacher of God’s Word, he has led and taught in conferences, workshops, and services that has unleashed God’s Kingdom here on earth. Living in Tampa, he shares his life work and purpose to Inspire Wisdom with his wife, Carmen and their three children. Find him on Twitter  at @CJHarrisOne

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    Lily Perlaza

    Flavor Fest Conference Director

    Lily was born in Brooklyn New York and moved to Orlando when she was 8 years old. Lily has been attending Crossover since she moved to Tampa in 2000, after graduating high school. Lily has worked in business settings and sales in Tampa. Prior to being on staff Lily worked for an international mortgage company and had a specialty of working with clients in their finances, home loan needs and foreclosure proceedings. After attending Southeastern University, Lily finished up her BA In Business Management at the University Of Phoenix.Lily has been a part of the Flavor Fest planning team since 2000 and is now leading the Flavor Fest team through administration, grant writing and conference planning in order to further fulfill the mission. Several years ago Lily hosted her first small group by the pool of her apartment complex with some friends. Her love for seeing people grow in the word and get connected in relationships led her to become Crossover's small group director where she was overseeing groups for several years. Lily now uses her business management degree as she runs all the finances at the church and makes sure everything is done with accountability and integrity. Known as Crossover’s Coupon queen, Lily is serious about making every penny stretch as clipping coupons is her way of making the church budget stretch to its full potential! Lily is married to Martin Perlaza who you can find on the drums. She spends a lot of time with her nephew Andres and enjoys her favorite shows on HGTV! Connect with Lily on facebook or twitter @lilygodzchild.

  • Jennifer Chandra

    Kidz Ministry Director

    Jennifer was born and raised in Boynton Beach, Florida. She has been attending Crossover since 2009 when she moved here to attend USF. In August 2013 she graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Finance and Business Management.


    Jennifer has always loved children and ever since she was allowed- she volunteered in church with the Children’s Ministry department. From then on, everything she did involved kids. From working in a preschool as an assistant teacher, to interning in the Labor & Delivery department at Palms West Hospital, to being a private nanny, and even traveling across the world to reach children. While in her junior year of college, the Lord put it on her heart to go to India and work with victims of human trafficking. While there, God completely broke Jen from everything she knew and gave her a new set of eyes for his precious children. Her desire is for each and every child to know Christ’s love. When they know His love, they share His love. If you can get a bunch of kids wild about Christ- things change. Families, schools, communities- all can change if you have an entire generation on fire for Christ. One Sunday at a time, our goal of Kidz Min is to change these kids so they can change the world.


    Jen’s ministry wouldn’t be what it is without her amazing sidekick Vijay as they just got married in March of 2014. Together with their incredible team of Activators they reach hundreds of children every week. Check our more of what we do every week by liking “KidzMin813” on Facebook!


    Twitter & Instagram: @Jchandra314

  • Loriana de Paz

    Steps Program Director / Thrive Tampa Coordinator

    In 2002, Loriana and her husband moved from Rhode Island to Florida. In less than 6 months God led them to Crossover Church. Since then Loriana has been involved throughout the church in whatever capacity and ministry she could…from office phone calls, nursery, to now even teaching our Foundations Classes! In 2012 Loriana graduated with an Associates in Business Administration and is finishing up her B.S. in Business Management.


    Growing up, Loriana knew poverty. At times having no electricity or water and living off of food bank boxes as her family struggled. These experiences only drew her family closer but also made it harder to see any hope past the life of poverty. Even through this hard time, Loriana knew that God had greater plans for her life.


    Fast forward to today... Her understanding of this mentally blinding “poor” outlook on life has enabled her to work with families who are living this reality right now. In 2014, Loriana joined the Crossover Staff as a STEPS for Sucess Navigator assisting families by helping them discover Christ-centered, practical ways to rise above poverty. Each day is a new day of Hope when we put our trust in Jesus and are obedient to His call. Throughout her life, Loriana learned the precious value of God’s Words and Promises through scripture. There is no tangible item she holds closer to her heart than her Bible and hopes that she can share this same passion for His Word with all those she meets.


    When she isn’t working on her school work, teaching or meeting with families, you can usually find Loriana having fun with her favorite people in the world, her amazing husband Anthony and two daughters, Elizabeth & Olivia.

  • Nikita Carter

    Evangelism Intern

    Nikita was born and raised in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She immigrated to the USA at 19 years old and was an International student at the University of South Florida, where she studied dance and obtained a Bachelors degree in Psychology in 2011.


    Her first mission trip to Rwanda in 2012 made her discover her passion for missions and led her to pursue a missionary life full time. She has been a evangelism intern at Crossover Church since February 2013.


    For more info check out Nikita's missions page at: http://www.nikitancarter.com/about/

Church council

Our Church Council is a group of seasoned leaders from our church that meet monthly with our Lead Pastor and Executive Pastor. They have been faithful at our church for many years. This group helps make the major spiritual and financial decisions at the church and provides accountability for our pastors, our church staff and leadership. 

  • Gordon Meetze

    Gordon is originally from North Carolina and has been in Tampa since 1957. He started a relationship with Christ on July 3rd, 1960 at Crossover’s former North Orleans Campus. Gordon and his wife Carolyn (of 56 years!) have been a vital part of the several different congregations that met at the former campus over the years. In the late 1980’s Gordon and his family were one of the last few people left at the church. They hung in there and although Gordon is one of our older members he is over joyed to see what God is doing as the church is now fulfilling a prophecy that was given many years ago. Gordon has always been willing to change and support the vision of the church as he provides priceless wisdom and prayer for the council. We always say he’s the coolest old guy ever!

  • Brainard Morgan

    Brainard is originally from the beautiful island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean. He has been following Christ for 30 years. Brainard and his wife Nan have 5 children. They have been attending Crossover for over 7 years. In 2004 Brainard started his own Air Condition company “Morgan Air”. God has greatly blessed his business and raised him up as a leader in his field. Brainard brings a great business mind to the council along with his solid biblical foundation. He also enjoys mountain biking, playing guitar and serving in the nursing home ministry. Brainard and his wife have led several small groups over the years and poured into many people at the church. You can check him out leading one of our Roots Groups and occasionally playing guitar with our Remix Worship Team.

  • Belinda Womack-Christy

    Belinda Womack is an outstanding motivational speaker and vocalist who is an aficionado of gospel and jazz music. Having given award-winning performances throughout the United States and abroad. Belinda has been a worship leader at several congregations. She has been a teacher for 36 years and served as an adjunct professor of Jazz studies at USF as well as teaching music, Biology, Mathematics, Honors Trigonometry, Honors Calculus and Honors Chemistry in Christan Schools throughout the Tampa Bay area. Belinda serves at Crossover with the C.H.O.S.E.N. Women's Ministry, The Remix Worship Team and with the Church Council. Belinda holds an associates degree in Science and Religious Studies. She is married to Earl Christy, former player for the New York Jets and a member of the Super Bowl III winning football team.


  • Anthony De Paz

    Born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, Anthony and his wife, Loriana, have been attending Crossover since 2002 . He has been in the automotive industry for almost 17 years and in 2010 God called him to open his own business. His business mind, heart to serve others and desire to maintain integrity in all things adds value to the council. Anthony has a passion for cars and due to his love for football, you will often find him fellowshipping over wings with the Security Team! You can spot him as Security around the lobby and keeping the kids safe in the Kidz Min wing.