Our Staff

Jennifer Leskovac Bass, Pastor

Pastor Jen BassJennifer Leskovac Bass grew up on the move as the daughter of a United Methodist pastor. Her family served United Methodist congregations in Washington Court House, Westerville, and Galena, Ohio. Jen has been active in church all her life.

She graduated from Westerville South High School in 1998 and went off to college in Grove City, Pennsylvania. After finishing her Bachelor of Arts degree, Jen served as the Youth Pastor at Bexley United Methodist Church from 2002 to 2004 and then began working in the business world.

Jen settled into a successful business career in the Columbus area and volunteered at church and in the community for a number of years. But in 2010, as part of the leadership team of an international women’s conference in Mbale, Kenya, Jen received God’s call to full-time ministry. In faith, Jen began her seminary education at Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MTSO) and transitioned back into full-time ministry, serving Harlem Road United Methodist Church as their Worship Coordinator and Director of Next Generation Ministries for youth, college students, and young adults.

In Summer 2016, Jen was appointed by the United Methodist denomination to Crosswood United Methodist Church in Marion. She and her husband Jerrad have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know the incredible people of Crosswood Church and the surrounding Marion community. They look forward to serving this congregation for many years to come.

Jen is an avid musician and painter and enjoys reading. She and Jerrad like to watch Ohio State football and good movies. They love to laugh together.


Preschool Staff

Lori Hensel, Preschool Director

Lori Hensel joined the staff of Crosswood United Methodist Church as the Director of our Christian Preschool in 2008. She holds a degree in Elementary Education from the Ohio State University and has worked with preschool children for nearly 20 years. Lori and her husband have three children: Sutton, Trent, and Lexi.