Our Staff


Kristen Lowe, Pastor

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I’m Kristen Lowe, the pastor at Crossroads.  I came here in 2014 after leading a church in the Oshkosh area.  Prior to that I’ve been on staff at churches in Ripon and Wausau, WI.  I have a pre-teen daughter – who teaches me something about life every day!  I’m a cradle Methodist and enjoy creating worship that is relevant, meaningful and gives people the tools they need to go out into the world and spiritually prosper.  My specialties include Interpersonal Communication and certification in Spirituality, Health and Healing.

Prior to Pastoral Ministry I worked in radio broadcasting doing mainly morning shows. I enjoy working with people and using the gifts God has given me to share a message of hope.  I love spending time with my daughter, doing anything creative, exploring the area, geocaching, kayaking, boxing and cross country skiing.

Crossroads is a wonderful family of faith!  If you’re looking for something deeper and transformational, if you’re looking for a place that will make you feel like part of the family no matter where you are in life,  if you’re looking for relationships, if you’re looking for a way to grow with others as a disciple of Jesus Christ, Crossroads is a place that will feel like home.  Come and worship with us!  Connect through a small group or just come by for a visit, I look forward to meeting you!


Beth Soltis, Pastoral and Ministry Administrator

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I am Beth Soltis, a member of Crossroads UMC and also the Pastoral & Ministry Administrator at Crossroads. I joined Crossroads in the spring of 2015, and became a Methodist at that time. I have two children, my daughter Olivia is in the current confirmation group and my son Otto is part of the 6th/7th grade Christian education group.

The majority of my time is spent with my kids. Together we enjoy movies, hiking, going out to eat, shopping at Target, singing along to music in the van, and traveling. Otto is very into soccer, while Olivia is a social media aficionado and aspires to be a YouTube star. My solo favorite things to do are reading, coloring, and walking.

I am so excited to be the Pastoral & Ministry Administrator at Crossroads! I do the slides, bulletins, and connection cards for worship, among other various duties in the office. It’ll be my voice you hear when you call Crossroads and you’ll see me at worship most Sundays.  I’m usually at a soccer game if I’m missing.

I became enamored of Crossroads from my first visit. Crossroads was so welcoming and took us right into its arms. I have felt so accepted, supported, and cared for that just being in the building makes me feel good. One of my son’s friends and his mom encouraged us to attend a service at Crossroads, and we encourage you to visit!  And make sure you let me know you are there. We welcome you!


Bill Hofeldt, Music Director

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My name is Bill Hofeldt.  I volunteered to be the “interim” Choir director when Crossroads opened in a school gymnasium nearly 25 years ago, and somehow have continued in that position ever since.  I was born and raised in Chicago and started in music at an early age.  Due to an accident my professional music (and NFL) careers didn’t materialize as expected.  However, I have continued in music ever since (well, that is after those short stints as Space Shuttle Commander and Human Cannon Ball in the Circus).  I taught Orchestra in the Middleton School District for 15 years, and continue as a self-employed composer.  I currently am a CPA in a controller’s position in Madison.

In addition to directing the choir, our men’s group (Faithful Men), our women’s group (Seraphim), and coordinating special music for Crossroads worship including solo, group and instrumental music; I am part of the Porchlight ministry team which makes meals for the homeless shelter in Madison.  I’m also known as “Barista Bill” as I like to get to church early to start the coffee brewing (it also means I get to pick the flavor!).  When I’m not at Crossroads rolling burritos, brewing coffee or directing music I enjoy just sitting, drooling and feeding the pigeons (but not always in that order).

I wouldn’t have made it 25 years if it weren’t for the fun I have with the groups I’m in and lead.  Although I will never admit it to them, I even enjoy the “beasts in the bass section”.  The people at Crossroads are wonderful and the music is pretty great, and I invite you to come sing, play or just have fun.  And, you can’t beat the free parking and coffee! I hope you join us at Crossroads.

Special Note:  We at Crossroads acknowledge this isn’t your typical Staff Bio.  But as you may have noticed Bill isn’t “typical staff”.  He is what you would call a “puny” guy.  For example, when being interviewed for this bio, we asked him “If you were a tree, what kind of a tree would you be?”  Bill answered, “I’m stumped”.  We apologize in advance for any moaning or groaning you may experience from his “humor”.


Carly Ochoa, Accompianist

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An accomplished young pianist and soprano, Carly Ochoa has had tremendous success working as both a pianist and singer. Most recently, Carly graduated from Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and emphasis in Vocal Pedagogy. While at Viterbo, Carly spent 2 years studying classical piano and performing with national companies such as the Missoula Children’s Theatre.  As a singer, Carly has performed in multiple operas including: Henry Purcell’s classic Baroque opera, Dido and Aeneas, Rossini’s Cinderella, and The Mikado.  Carly has sung leading roles as Célie in Signor Deluso, by Thomas Pasatieri, and Veronique in The Hotel Casablanca, also by Thomas Pasatieri. Carly was also featured as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah.

When I’m not performing, you can find me spending time with my husband, Elvis, and our new dog, Pupper. We love spending time outdoors, attending musical events, going to the movies, and enjoying time with family and friends. I feel I have been called to spread God’s word though music. At my new found church home at here Crossroads, I have the opportunity to witness through music and song.

I’m thrilled to be part of the Crossroads Ministry. This church is place of worship, accepting you just as you are. Crossroads is a home where all are welcome, loved, encouraged, and received. Come join us for worship on Sunday and “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord” –Psalm 100:1.


Irene Steinl, Treasurer & Stewardship, Service, Leadership Development Ministry Leader

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I’m Irene Steinl, Treasurer & Ministry Leader for Stewardship, Service and Leadership Development at Crossroads.  I’ve been attending Crossroads since 1994 when I moved to Waunakee with my husband Mike.  Since then we have added two boys, a dog, fish and a lizard to our family (not all of those were my idea).  Before taking on these roles at Crossroads, I was an actuary at CUNA Mutual in Madison for 20 years.  I love to find ways to improve systems, processes and ministries.  And, if you need a spreadsheet built….I am your gal!

Crossroads’ works hard to reach people where they are, and help them grow a faith that makes sense and makes a difference.  I am excited to be part of the process to figure out what that looks like and to find practical and easy ways for folks to connect, engage and transform at Crossroads.  I hope you will come and see what we are about.