Our Ministry Team

Brown Family

Basque Initiative

We feel so blessed to be living in San Sebastian! We have followed God’s call on our lives to relocate here to partner with Crossroads GI for Basque Outreach. We are a family focused on following the will of God, striving for unity in all aspects of life, and to share our story and the love of Christ with others.

We began dating in Port Neches-Groves High School in Southeast Texas. After getting married while Mandy was finishing her graduate work, we lived in the Austin area for 10 years and welcomed our two daughters into our family. A new job opportunity brought us to Oregon where we were introduced to the Basque Country and began to feel our hearts softening towards moving here. We arrived in July of 2019 and are excited to see how God is moving here.

Who we are:

Sampie – After more than 20 years working in the high-tech field, Sampie brings his passion for problem-solving and helping others into a multicultural context. He enjoys tinkering with anything electronic and all things related to sports.

Mandy – After teaching high school math for 7 years, Mandy returned to school to attend Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. With a master’s degree in Global Leadership and Cross-Cultural Ministries, she is excited about use her experience and knowledge in the Basque Country. She enjoys reading, playing games and meeting new people.

Emmie – 14 years old

Josalyn – 12 years old

David Upchurch

Sports Camp & Outdoors

David has served on a church staff for more than 30 years and even before those years of service he went on many mission trips. Like many pastor’s kid, he grew up hearing all about Christ and forgiveness–he even walked an aisle to “receive Christ” as a child–however, it wasn’t until many years later, while on a mission trip as a teenager, that he truly gave his life to Jesus.  For this reason, he is a firm believer in missions and evangelism. 

 He joined Crossroads Global in 2020 and has a passion for leading trips that involve sports and the outdoors. For the last 8 years he has led trips to Germany where the mission team put on a baseball camp for kids through a partnership with a local church. And there are plans in the future for similar camps in other places and countries.  

 He has received degrees from Baylor University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and most recently Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.   His life verse is  — “For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, so that those who live would no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose on their behalf.” 

 David married his high school sweetheart, Kendra, and they have three adult children, Aiden, Bryson, and Corinne. 

Victor Moran

Education

Victor Moran serves Crossroads as its President and Chancellor of Education. As part of his ministry calling, he is an executive coach to CEO’s and executive teams of family-owned companies and non-profit organizations including faith-based and educational concerns. Victor has served Crossroads as its President since May 2006 and prior to being named President served as a member of the Board of Directors. He is a present Board member of UK-USA Ministries and a former Deacon Chairman of Champion Forest Baptist Church in Houston, Texas.  

 Victor earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in government and history from the University of Texas-Pan American, a Juris Doctor degree from South Texas College of Law Houston and a Master of Business Administration from Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. He attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary pursuing graduate studies in Christian Education.  

 He previously served on the Boards of Swift Energy International, Inc., East Texas Baptist University, the Spring Independent School District, the UBA Center for Counseling, HTX H.O.P.E. Haven, Inc., the advisory boards of Texas A&M University Mays Business School Master of Science in Marketing and Executive MBA programs and the advisory boards of the South Texas College of Law Corporate Compliance Center and the University of Houston Downtown – Arts & Humanities. He is a former Chairman of the Academic Affairs Committee at East Texas Baptist University.  

 Victor has been married to his college sweetheart, Lizette, for 44 years. They have two sons and five grandchildren.