Toby began his ministry career in San Antonio, Texas, working with high school students after graduating Abilene Christian University in 1986. During his youth ministry years, Toby traveled around the country speaking to teenagers and youth workers. In 1993 he and his family moved to Southlake, Texas, where he became the Preaching Minister for the Southlake Boulevard Church. It was there that God began to birth in him a dream to plant a church in the rural area of Argyle, Texas.
In 2000, Toby along with 12 families began the Cross Timbers Community Church in the back of a bar. God has seen fit to bless those humble beginnings and Toby now serves as the Senior Pastor for Cross Timbers, a multi site church of three campuses with over 4000 in attendance each weekend.
Toby and his wife Mika recently celebrated 26 years of marriage. Although he often says that he’s married way over his head, his family, including son Ross and daughter Bailey, bring him more joy than any one man could ask for. He loves to fish, and has written several books that include: Living the Dream, The Great Adventure, God Drives Me Crazy, and Normal.
Lead Pastor of Ministry
Kent grew up in Oklahoma, graduating from Bixby High School and then Northeastern State University in 1985. After graduation, he started a construction company specializing in insurance restoration and disaster recovery, which he owned until 2006.
The Sparks family relocated to the Dallas area in 1997 so he could attend Dallas Theological Seminary, where he received his Master’s degree in 2000. He now serves as the Lead Pastor of Ministry at Cross Timbers Community Church, a multi-site church, with locations in Argyle, Denton, and Keller, Texas.
Kent married his high school sweetheart, Lori, and they have five children: Alex, Lauren, Nicolas, Benjamin and Lilly…along with a Lab, a Jack Russell, two Yorkies and a Parakeet named Charley!