Paul Marzahn
Senior Pastor

Pastor Paul Marzahn grew up in Waterville, Minnesota on the family farm and enjoyed everything from raising sheep to helping with the family construction business.  While his friends were learning to drive cars his dad was teaching him how to drive busses, cranes and bulldozers. Paul was baptized and confirmed at the Evangelical United Methodist Church in Waterville and accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior in 2nd grade at a Billy Graham Crusade. 

After High School, Paul graduated from Hamline University with a double major in Social Studies Education and Religion.  Paul taught school for one year and married Deb Rush who had been dating at Hamline the last four years. Paul attended Seminary at Garrett-Evangelical Theological School as a Hutchinson Scholar.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude and was Ordained by the Minnesota Annual Conference of United Methodist Churches in 1990. 

Pastor Paul felt an early call to ministry and throughout his school served as a youth pastor beginning in 1982 at Asbury UMC in Minneapolis. He also served at Aldersgate UMC in St. Louis Park, First Church in Evanston, IL., Grace UMC in Naperville, IL., and Rosemount UMC in Rosemount, MN.  Pastor Paul has served as Church planter and lead pastor at CROSSROADS since 1995. 

Currently Pastor Paul’s role on staff is to coach staff and key leaders, preach and oversee the starting of new church campuses as CROSSROADS begins it’s multi-site ministry. Pastor Paul and Pastor Deb Marzahn have a married daughter and two other college young adults. Paul’s mother Gladys Marzahn also lives with the family. “I am loved by God, created to do His will and called to be a witness to His love. I strongly believe that understanding God’s love and sharing God’s love is the key to a strong faith relationship. Church is not about rules it is about a relationships. A strong relationship with God leads us to develop strong relationships with one another.”