Staff Directed but Student Led


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Student Leadership Team

Because The Cross recognizes the impact of peer relationships in achieving its mission, it maintains a commitment to be led by students. Currently we have over 20 students who voluntarily serve in different capacities to support the work of The Cross. These students help facilitate weekly meetings, co-lead small groups, help plan our Fall and Spring Break trips, and many other functions that make The Cross successful. The student leadership team is The Cross' first line of relational ministry and also helps determine the topics and focus of weekly meetings each semester, helping to guarantee the content at these is fresh and relevant to the lives of UT students.


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Sara Stokes, Women's Ministry Director

Sara joined The Cross ministry team in 2014 and has had an impact on students on campus at UT. A native of east Tennessee and Greek alum (AOPi), Sara brings years of experience and a desire to walk alongside young women as they learn to walk with Jesus. Her passions are 1 on 1 mentoring and small groups, as well as a gift for training. We are so excited to have Sara as a member of our team.

Email: saraystokes@bellsouth.net

Phone: (865) 405-0016


Jay Dempsey, Men's Ministry Director

Jay grew up in Knoxville and graduated from The University of Tennessee with a BBA in Marketing. He has 10 years of ministry experience and a great excitement about being back on campus serving the Greek community at UT. His wife, Allie, teaches at Farragut Middle and is currently working on her doctorate. They love hosting folks at their home in the West Hills neighborhood of West Knoxville. 

Email: jay.demps@gmail.com

Phone: (865) 474-0955