David Fortune

Senior Pastor

David and his wife, Rhonda, have pastored Crossroads Basel since August 2010. This Canadian couple have raised four children and lived in multiple countries.

Photograph of Nico Hoogenraad smiling

Nico Hoogenraad

Associate Pastor

After working as a public accountant for many years and being the financial director for a Christian NGO, Nico joined the staff in April 2019. He and his wife, Leila, spent many years working with an international church in the Netherlands.

Black and White Portrait Photo of Youth Pastor Rachael Prior

Rachael Prior

Youth Pastor

Rachael is a trained nurse and has been involved in many different areas of church ministry. She and her family have lived in Basel since 2008. Rachael joined stass as Youth Pastor in October 2022.

Black and white portrait photograph of Anna, smiling

Anna Boyd

Worship Director

Anna has served in worship and international ministry for 25 years. She is married with five children. After living in various countries, Anna joined the Crossroads staff in August 2023.

Tifainé Hedgecock


Tifainé has worked in communications in churches and in the IT sector. She has lived in Basel on-and-off since 1997 with her husband and five children. Tifainé joined Crossroads staff in September 2023.

Senior Leadership Change

As announced on Friday 9 February 2024 by email and in-service on Sunday 11 February 2024, David and Rhonda will be returning to Canada in the summer. You can read Pastor David’s letter to the congregation here.

Crossroads has a comprehensive policy to facilitate leadership change which includes commissioning a Search Committee. The Board of Elders will keep the congregation up to date with what is happening, but if you have any questions you can contact the Elders directly, or speak to one of the pastors. It is normal to experience a range of emotions when a Pastor leaves, including worry or sorrow, but if you have questions or would like reassurance, please reach out.

For more details about this change, including where we are in the process, information on how to apply for the role, or how to share this opportunity with others, please click below.


Sam Anandh

Sam is from India and is married with two daughters. He works for a pharmaceutical company as a specialist in integrating ICT systems.

Paul Glendenning

Paul is from the UK, married with three adult children. Paul works in technology development and has lived in the area for the past 13 years.

Jitu Kumar

Jitu is originally from India and is married with two children. Jitu is an ICT specialist working in international business.

David Prior

David Prior is from the UK and is married with two children. David works for works for an international company focused on nutritional products.

David is also the Chair of Elders.

Sandy Scherz

Sandy is originally from the UK but lived in several countries. She is a teacher at an international school in Basel.

Ben Sturzenegger

Ben is Swiss, married with two sons and works in banking.

Sebastien Vitali

Sebastien is Swiss, married and works as in-house legal counsel for a company.

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