tpThomas Pussel, Th.M., MBA, MHSA – I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio behind three city baseball diamonds that were also home. After college at Wittenberg I continued my business education at Xavier in healthcare. A move to Texas introduced a new career, an awakened faith, my bride to be, and a cancer diagnosis that changed everything.

Once the chemo was completed we got married and moved to Dallas for a new found calling and seminary education at Dallas Theological Seminary. While in Dallas I had the privilege of working in Spiritual Formation at the Howard Hendricks Center for Christian Leadership.

Following seminary I co-planted Fellowship Church of Louisville and served as Teaching Pastor for five years. During that time I became involved with CrossPoint. In 2011 we moved to Cleveland to plant Prodigal Church and to extend the ministry of CrossPoint in this region. Ross and I have two children and whenever I can sneak away I drink coffee and read my way through the Modern Library 100 Best Novels.

In 2011 Tom became a partner with CrossPoint. He leads small groups in our Deeper Journey experience. Tom lives in Cleveland, OH where he is the pastor of Prodigal Church. Tom also serves as an assistant hospital chaplain, is currently a CPE student at the Cleveland Clinic, and is a certified Grief Recovery Specialist.

You are welcome to contact Tom directly ( for Grief Recovery and Spiritual Life Coaching. He also leads Deeper Journey – Cleveland.

Sue - 2Susan Payne, MS, MSCC – I have enjoyed the people, culture and food of DC, Boston, California, Kentucky, Philly, England and Japan… even though I am a mid-western, Michigan girl at heart. Being moved by the deep relational and spiritual needs seen through women’s and small group ministry and my twenty years working as a speech therapist (Gallaudet University), I later returned to school for a master’s degree in Christian counseling (Cairn University).

My participation in Deeper Journey gave me the clarity and courage to pursue my calling. I now specialize in grief recovery, coming alongside people as they adjust to life’s twists and turns. I am passionate about the importance of living in community and have enjoyed leading small groups and training leaders. Co-leading the Deeper Journey Phillyretreats with my husband is a privilege and a gift. I also serve as a Christian counselor with Serving Leaders Ministry.

Brett - 1Brett Payne, MA, M.Div. – I grew up a professor’s kid in Oxford, Ohio. After finishing a degree in history at Miami University I married Susan and went to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where I studied Church History. In later years I also finished an M.Div. Church Music at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. I have had a consistent and passionate interest in Christian spirituality and spiritual formation and have served in a variety of ways as a pastor and worship leader in churches for much of the past twenty-four years. I have been in Pennsylvania for almost ten years. I am now a full-time partner with CrossPoint ministry.

My passion for God and deep desire for healing and unity in the church has driven my calling. I believe God can bring substantive change to our souls through his ministering presence and have come to realize that my greatest passion is in bringing this hope to others. My coaching with Rich Plass and my experiences in retreat series, such as  Deeper Journey, have been more important than any of my schooling in nurturing spiritual practices that have strengthened and sustained me in life and ministry. I am extremely thankful to be part of the CrossPoint team. You can find out more about my CrossPoint ministry on the east coast at

Contact them directly at or for Spiritual Life Coaching or Grief Recovery. And if you are in the Philadelphia area be sure to check out the Deeper Journey-Philadelphia retreat experience they lead!