Jacob Young – Lead Pastor
Having grown up with his dad in the military, Jacob is “generally American” but feels most at home in Manchester, New Hampshire. He and Michelle have been married since 2007 and have four boys (please pray for them).
Jacob is currently finishing his Masters of Divinity at Knox Theological Seminary, and graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Philosophy and English in 2007. His pastoral ministry is primarily focused on helping people recover their humanity by loving and following Jesus. His primary influences are Herman Bavinck, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Leslie Nerbingin, Eugene Peterson and Tim Keller.
Jacob also serves as the co-chair on the board for the Hope for New Hampshire Recovery Center. He is also a New Hampshire state referee for the United States Powerlifting Federation. Jacob works out in his garage on a regular basis where he can be found picking things up and putting them down. While many others enjoy running, he prefers walking. He also really likes cigars, Keanu Reeves, and Taylor Swift; but he hates cats.
Peter Denio – Pastor
Peter is husband to Cynthia, dad to Caleb, Stephen, Meta & Isaac, and math teacher to 100+ Manchester middle school students. When he isn’t teaching fractions and geometry, you might find him running on the streets or trails of Manchester. He also might be sitting in front of the wood stove with a good book.
Peter and Cynthia have lived in Manchester for nearly 20 years. They’ve both been active in various ministries throughout that time. Peter’s passion in the church is spiritual formation and spiritual health. He is heavily influenced by the writing of Dallas Willard, Richard Foster, M. Robert Mulholland, Ruth Haley Barton, Gary Thomas, and Gordon Smith. In addition to his Master’s degree in New Testament studies, Peter still has his original Blockbuster Video card.
Davide McCurdy – Pastor
Davide has been married to his wife, Heather, since 2001. They have three children: 2 sons and a daughter. They moved to Manchester in 2016 from Pennsylvania to be a part of the King’s Cross church plant.
Davide has a bachelors in Religious Education from Davis College with a concentration in youth ministry. He served the youth in several churches during and after college before coming to KCC where he served as the Deacon of Children’s Ministry for two years until he became an elder in the Fall of 2020.
Davide enjoys running, playing board games with his family, and splitting wood for his wood stove and firepit. He and his wife enjoy entertaining people in their house that God blessed them with. They see a meal as the best way to get to know people as well as serve others in a practical way.
Deacons exist to help King’s Cross serve focused areas of need within our community. These leadership roles is uniquely discovered by our congregation as we seek to serve and love our neighbors. Within this work of Jesus both inside our congregation and our neighborhood, specific needs have risen to the top that have been met by Christ’s gifting of leadership within specific people. Deacons help lead our congregation in serving these specific areas. These are two year appointments, that are renewable as desired by the congregation and the individuals serving in these roles.
Rachel - Deacon of Compassion Ministries
Rachel is a follower of Jesus, wife, mom and freedom fighter. She grew up in the woods of New Hampshire but likes the city life of Manchester more than she ever could have imagined. For about ten years, she has worked for Destiny Rescue, an international non-profit that rescues children from sexual exploitation and human trafficking. Her work centers around cultural relations and ethical storytelling and has broadened her awareness in the realms of trauma, exploitation and vulnerability cycles as well as gender inequality.
Since 2015 she has been a part of Kings Cross Church and has served as the Deacon of Compassion since 2018. Her favorite element of the role is the opportunity to empower people and watch them experience God’s love and care as he weaves their stories together. Rachel also enjoys painting, being outside and bringing her kids on spontaneous adventures – holding fast to the belief that snacks and closed-toed shoes are basically all you need for (almost) any adventure.
Heather - Deacon of Crisis Care
Heather and her family live in the Manchester area. She creates processes and thought leadership content in her 9-5 marketing job.
Ever since Heather was young, she has had a heart for disenfranchised members of the community. She has experience and training that equips her to compassionately walk alongside survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and church abuse. She values the work of experts such as Diane Langberg, Rachael Denhollander, and Sarah McDugal.
She enjoys getting lost in a book and deep conversations with friends, and loves having a crowded table with space for everyone (and good food).
King’s Cross Church is a part of the Acts 29 Network. We partner closely with River of Grace Church in Concord, New Hampshire (also an Acts 29 church).
For accountability and governance, King’s Cross Church is a part of Trinity Fellowship Churches.
We were previously a part of Sovereign Grace Churches and left in November of 19. Leading up to that moment, we had worked as a congregation for clarification regarding numerous issues within SGC. During that time, we voted unanimously as a church to publish the following statement: King’s Cross Church Position on a Third-Party Investigation of Sovereign Grace Churches