Linda Liebscher, President
Linda has lived in Montgomery County for 8 years. She loves small town living even though most of her life was spent in O’Fallon, Illinois. Linda is married to Terry and they have two fur babies, Ella and Teddy. Terry has been a strong support to Linda and “volunteers” frequently with Cross Over Ministries. Linda has one son, Brent, who is a funny, caring man.
Brent resides in Belleville, Illinois, and has been living in recovery and wellness from his mental illness for 20 years. Linda’s passions include mental health, writing, studying God’s Word, and flower gardening. She is so very grateful for the opportunity to be part of Cross Over Ministries. It has provided her with relationships, seeing the Lord’s Mission evolve and grow, and a way to honor Jesus Christ and serve His inspiring children.
Wayne Wedekind, Vice President
When Wayne isn’t contract finishing pigs for Lehmann Brothers you can find him serving the Lord with Cross over Ministries. Wayne lost his son, Andrew, to suicide 7 years ago. Wayne says, “Andrew’s death inspired me to serve my community through Cross Over Ministries. God works in mysterious ways. If we have faith, He can turn tragedy into something positive.
If we are willing to serve God, the rewards are greater than the work we put in. With God’s help, we can accomplish great things.” Wayne’s service with Cross Over Ministries is his dedication to his son, Andrew.
Dawn Young, Secretary
Dawn is an Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner with Hillsboro Medical Center/Springfield Clinic East. She attended Simmons College and graduated with her master’s degree in advanced nursing. She received her registered nurse degree from Lincoln Land Community College. She has worked in family practice for over 30 years. Dawn is married to Brad, and they have three adult children: Meagan, Garrett, and Hannah.
Dawn and Brad also have five grandchildren: Alexis, Abigail, and Bo Young, & Nova and Millie Raison. Dawn enjoys watching her grandchildren, being with family, walking, bike riding, painting, Bible study, and being outdoors.
Lynette Weiss, Treasurer
Lynette is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is also a ministry leader for two programs offered through Cross Over Ministries: DivorceCare and DivorceCare for Kids. Lynette is passionate in helping children and families through the difficulties of divorce while growing closer to God. As a therapist her hope is to open safe spaces for others to share their life stories and work through struggles they may be experiencing.
Lynette is married to an amazing man, Jake, and they have two children, Gary and Sami, in their blended family. Lynette says, “Each of us went through the DivorceCare programs with our child at separate times. We have used the skills learned and constant prayer to be able to function with all the trials of so many ‘homes.’ It hasn’t been easy, but it has been worth it. Cross Over Ministries allows me to bring God and spirituality into the practice of whole-person wellness.”
Jodi Reynolds, Board Member
Jodi lives in rural Nokomis with her husband Kristopher and their sons; Kolin, Kyle, and Konner. She has worked at Aumann Auctions in Nokomis for the past 18 years. She attends Trinity Lutheran Church of Nokomis and is also a Sunday School teacher for the church. December 2019 Jodi, Kris, and the boys lost Kaden (their eldest son) to suicide at the age of 16.
Life as they knew took a change that no family ever anticipates. After that it was a “God thing” that Cross Over Ministries came into her life. With the loss of their son, she wishes to share their story, so others don’t feel they are alone and that there is hope for someone to listen and help. Jodi says, “The work I do is to keep Kaden’s memory and story alive and heard in our community. I want to put a face to the loss. The struggle is real and needs to be shared. I look forward to my continued involvement with Cross Over Ministries and all the programs and work they are doing for our community.”
Kate Wedekind, Board Member
Kate lives in the rural town of Butler, Illinois. She is the mother of two young boys and is the daughter of Wayne, the vice-president of Cross Over Ministries. Kate teaches at Pawnee High School as the shop teacher. Kate is a hard worker and dedicated to her sons, students, and her community. Kate came to Cross Over Ministries following the suicide of her brother.
Diane Singler, Volunteer Leader of Second Saturday Art
“Even though I had already lost a mother and other family members to suicide, I was not prepared to lose my 30-year-old daughter, Miranda, in 2018. Miranda was Salutatorian of her class, a successful graphic designer, a talented artist, a musician, exceptionally kind and charitable, and had many friends. She had also suffered greatly with her silent illness.
She did not find the help she needed locally. As a result, I’ve chosen to help Cross Over Ministries as a way to honor Miranda and as a way to help prevent this suffering for others. My volunteer work includes leading a monthly stress-reducing art class and supporting those who are suicide loss survivors, like myself.”