Leadership Team




Pastor Tommy Boland, Senior Pastor

On February 1st, 2012, Tommy Boland and his family were launched out of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale to be church plant missionaries and the founding pastor of Cross Community Church in Deerfield.  A graduate of Knox Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity, Tommy is now looking forward to working his way through the Doctor of Ministry program at KTS. Tommy is an Ordained Minister in the Presbyterian Church in America. He is the author of a number of Bible Study and Christian Living materials and also contributes monthly to the Good News of South Florida.  He is also on the PCA Men’s Council and has been a featured speaker at their annual meeting, The General Assembly. On March 6, 1993 Tommy married his best friend Kim who assists him in ministry, and together they have four children, Brock, Jenna, Katie, and Zack.  Sports are a huge part of the Boland Family DNA and they all participate in mixed martial arts.  Some of his favorite authors include, John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, Charles Spurgeon, C.S. Lewis, Steve Brown, Tim Keller.



Dr. Sam Lamerson, Pastor of Teaching & Discipleship

Dr. Lamerson currently serves as a President of Knox Theological Seminary in Fort Lauderdale, FL.  He holds degrees from Bob Jones University, B.A.; Knox Theological Seminary, MDiv, Magna Cum Laude; Trinity International University, Ph.D. He uniquely combines academic research and teaching with 16 years of pastoral experience, ranging from senior pastor to director of children’s ministries.  He was also the Sunday morning preaching and teaching pastor during the illness of Dr. D. James Kennedy at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, from February of 2008 until Easter of 2009.  For more information, click to Knox Theological Seminary When he’s not teaching and serving, Dr. Lamerson enjoys sleight of hand and juggling. He is married and has two grown children.  His excitement for Cross Community Church is contagious and we are blessed to have his humble service as a teacher and leader in ministry.


 Austin Elmer, Executive Director

Austin Elmer is a native of Louisville KY, but has lived in South Florida most of his adult life. He graduated with honors from the University of Kentucky and moved to Florida to pursue a career in sports marketing research and consulting.  Austin has served as a Deacon at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church and Redeemer Presbyterian Church (Augusta, GA) where he coordinated men’s events, home & small group Bible studies, as well as several fundraising and church outreach programs. Austin is currently serving as the Executive Director for Cross Community Church where he brings a unique combination of experience and success in the business world along with a heart and desire to serve in ministry and support Cross Community Church.  Austin is also currently enrolled as a student at Knox Theological Seminary pursuing a Master of Divinity.  He and his wife Allison have three young children and, as a family, are committed to serving God’s church and its people.

 Allison Elmer, Director of Children’s Ministries

Allison brings a wealth of education and experience in teaching.  She received her degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University and has taught at Westminster Academy and homeschooled their three children.   Allison coordinates all curriculum, activities and special events for our children through 5th grade.  We are blessed to have her serve as our Director of Children’s Ministries.



Rick Krive, Saturday Worship Leader

Born and raised in Lansing Michigan, educated at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, and Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Rick’s musical career has spanned 3 decades as an arranger, composer, producer, keyboardist, and vocalist. His music has been heard literally all around the world in movies, television, and has performed with several well known musicians.  Rick previously served as Musical Director and Worship Leader at Spanish River Church in Boca Raton.  Rick’s passion is spreading the gospel to the mission field through worship leader training and mission projects.  We’re blessed to have him share his gifts to lead us in worship when he’s not off traveling the globe.


David and Erin Proko, Directors of Youth Ministries

Originally both from Massachusetts, David and Erin moved with their families to south Florida as young children. The two were high school sweethearts since the 10th grade at Westminster Academy and married 7 years later after graduating from the University of Alabama.

David and Erin were both raised in Christian homes where their parents modeled a heart for service contributing to their communities in various forms of ministry. David’s father Michael, served as a teacher and Dean of boys at Westminster Academy for 23 years.   

While still pursuing corporate careers – David in finance and sales, Erin in fashion, God led them to ministry positions with youth and children following the birth of their first child. For the next 11 years David and Erin served in whatever capacity was needed at their local church in Coral Springs, FL.    

In June 2014 God brought David, Erin, Aidan and Kenton to Cross Community Church where they work with Middle and High School Youth.