Richard Plass, Ph.D. – I grew up in Upper State New York. I’m married to Sallie and have six children who live within a couple hours of me. Holidays at our house get pretty rambunctious when all my grandkids pile in. Maybe that explains why I enjoy going to auctions in search of antique early American art!
My favorite sport as a kid was baseball and I was good enough to play it at Northwest College in Orange City, Iowa. I continued my education at Gordon Conwell Seminary and, after serving as a youth pastor and pastor of a college-focused church in Iowa, planted Peace Church in Frankfort, IL. In 1995 I left 25 years of pastoral ministry to pursue a doctorate degree in counseling.
My desire was to help leaders not simply survive but thrive in the challenges of ministry. I founded CrossPoint Ministry and for 15 years have focused on spiritual formation in the lives of leaders. After working with hundreds of leaders I am more convinced than ever that the most important thing any of us bring to life and ministry is our transformed and transforming presence.
Sallie Plass, M EDUC. – I received my B.S. in Education from the University of Houston, where I began my teaching career of twenty years. I earned my Masters of Education at Indiana Wesleyan University and studied 30 hours for a License in English as a Second Language from Indiana University. Etiquette coaching became an interest while working with church youth groups and women’s ministries. I received formal training from the Etiquette Institute in St. Louis. I am a Certified Life Coach with the ICF.
As a pastor’s wife and child I recognize and support Rich’s mission of CrossPoint Ministry. I offer support through consultation of Enneagram profiles and Life Coaching. I also give lectures on Child Sexual Abuse Prevention and educational issues such as Home Schooling, Special Education, Reading, Discipline and Etiquette Instruction. In addition, Rich and I provide Life Coaching as a team if requested.
Jim Cofield, Th.M. – I enjoy riding in (and sometimes driving!) my wife’s convertible. I like detailing my Dodge Ram truck and because it’s black I have little time for other hobbies like golf! I was born in Chattanooga but spent most of my years before college in northern Canada. My parents served as missionaries to native Americans who lived in remote villages accessible only by small plane on skis in the winter and pontoons in the summer. Even as a kid I loved airplanes and so was very glad to get my pilot’s license at 16.
After finishing high school by correspondence I graduated from Tennessee Temple University and taught in the communications department at TTU. I then earned a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary and taught Greek there for three years.
In the mid ’80s I left teaching to plant a church in southern Virginia. After nine years I accepted the senior pastor position at a church in the Chicago area where I served eight years before joining CrossPoint. I feel that God is graciously using the many and varied experiences of my life to be a help to those in leadership.
Joy Cofield, M.M. – I love taking good care of my flowers, watching movies, and driving my convertible! My dad pastored several churches in Florida and Tennessee while I learned to be the older sister of three brothers.
I earned a B.A. in sacred piano at Tennessee Temple University and a M.M. in piano pedagogy from Southern Methodist University. We have been married 37 years and have a son, daughter and daughter-in-law (still waiting on grandkids!).
I lead women’s retreats, the worship and a small group in our Deeper Journey experience, and offer life coaching to women. I also teach piano at Indiana University Southeast, both in the university and the Arts Institute. Because I was a pastor’s kid and wife I know the demands that ministry takes on families and mates. So if I can be of any encouragement and help I will be delighted to listen and learn with you.
Sally J. Roth, B.S. – I am a true “Okie from Muskogee!” I was born in Muskogee, OK and grew up in East Tennessee where I fell in the love with the mountains and learned the art of southern hospitality. I went to college at Tennessee Temple University in Chattanooga, TN and earned a B.S. in psychology with an emphasis in Women’s Ministry. Five days after I graduated from college I married my high school sweetheart, Clifton Roth.
I count it one of my greatest gifts and adventures to mother our 3 beautiful girls who are all named after flowers. I have experience as an executive assistant in the corporate world, and for the last 5 years I have worked as a birth doula, caring for and coaching young mothers as they make their way through the journey of pregnancy, labor, and delivery.
I have always enjoyed leadership and soul care. It is a joy to serve the local church along with my husband, who is a staff pastor in Louisville,KY at Sojourn Community Church. During my years at Sojourn, I have enjoyed coaching small group leaders, equipping couples for marriage through premarital counseling, and serving families in the midst of crisis and loss. I have been under the teaching and mentorship of CrossPoint Ministry for the last 6 years. My primary role is assisting the Crosspoint Team administratively.
Marilyn Moore – I have been with the CrossPoint team since 2007 helping with administrative details and the finances. I am passionate about the power of prayer and have appreciated the privilege of supporting CrossPoint’s ministry through my daily prayer.
My husband and I divide our year between our homes in Jeffersonville, IN, and Ft. Myers, FL. Together we enjoy Caribbean cruises and southern gospel concerts. Mindful of Rich and Jim’s teaching that our transformed presence is our best gift, I serve on the Hospital Visitation Team at my Indiana church and am a Pastoral Minister at my Episcopal church in Florida.