Meet The Team

We'd like to introduce you to our amazing team members



Rick Cross – President/Founder

After a life-changing trip to Uganda in 2008, Rick wanted to make a difference in the world. The result was founding xHope, Inc. with his wife and biggest encourager, Wendi. Rick has 6 amazing children and everything he does is for them.


Kyle Finley – Vice President

Kyle began his journey with xHope in late 2018 soon after he got back from Uganda on a xHope mission trip with his wife and twin daughters and falling in Love with the people and what xHope and Redeemer House are doing internationally.

Kyle has 4 children and an amazing wife who supports him as he joins us in Uganda twice a year and is in charge of our building projects overseas. He is currently finishing the building of our guest house on the Redeemer House property in Uganda and soon will be breaking ground of our school we are building.

Kyle enjoys anything outdoors including wakeboarding, snowboarding and triathlons Including an Ironman. Kyle is the Founder and CEO of a successful termite, home inspection and pest control company that has locations throughout California. He feels that God has blessed him in so many ways that it’s now time to see what he can do to give back.


Christopher Thomas – Treasurer

Holds Bachelor’s Degree in Business specializing in Accountancy from the University of California, Sacramento. Chris has spent most of his career working with small businesses creating sound business practices, effective bookkeeping systems and tax strategies. After Graduation Chris worked with a Computer Technology firm in the Bay Area. In 2002 Chris moved to the Sacramento Area where he joined Dennis Nelson’s CPA firm providing accounting and tax services to small businesses until 2006. At that time Chris was offered a position with Dynamais a small business bookkeeping and advisory firm. In 2008 Chris driven by his passion for helping small business became the sole owner of Dynamais.

Michael Harrison – Board Member

Michael Harrison has been our large mission trip security and finance coordinator since 2011. He’s been all in from the moment Rick Cross shared his vision for xHope. He loves seeing that vision realized each time he visits. In addition to tackling the logistics of mobilizing a large group of missionaries, Michael is down in the trenches during our outreaches “He’s the dude you want to have your back.” -Brittany, Team Member. He works hard and loves his wife and three kids even harder.

Brandon Miller – Board Member

Brandon Miller is a StrengthsFinder Organizational Consultant specializing in Strengths Based Team Trainings, Retreats and Workshops. Brandon joined the xHope Board in 2016 and has brought a keen business insight to xHope. As a father of seven, Brandon understands the need to help defend the fatherless. Brandon and his wife live in Elk Grove, California.

Molech Blythe – Board Member

Molech Blythe born and raised in Pomona CA acquired a passion for Xhopemissions after connecting with his friend Rick Cross 20 years from 1996. Never forgetting where God has brought him from inspires Molech’ life to give the world what Christ has given him which is the Kingdom of God. Molech’s life scripture is Acts 20:24 But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God. He and his wife Tarez of 16 years have 3 children.

Kathy Ming- Secretary



Wendi Cross – Executive Director

Wendi is the love and prayers behind xHope, Inc. She has given of herself wholeheartedly to support the goals of the team.  Wife to Rick, Wendi is mother to six wonderful kids, including her son that she and Rick adopted from Africa and their newest son, adopted domestically. Wendi is on the ground 2x per year at Redeemer House in Uganda to oversee and work side-by-side with our international ministries.  She has a heart for missions and will bring you along if your willing?

Angelica Cross – CFK Director

Hailed by Wendi as “the most organized person I have ever met,” Angelica fits right in with her position at xHope, Inc. as the Communications Secretary. Her ability to navigate through all the paperwork involved in running this ministry is a force to be reckoned with, and we are so glad she is on our team! Angelica is also known to many as the “better half” of Will and Angelica and mother to five incredible children.

Christina Edwards

Education Coordinator

Emily Fontanez

Community Development Coordinator

Gina Thielke

Administrative Assistant

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Innovative Ideas

Advanced Technology

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xHope, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization. Contributions to xHope, Inc. in the United States are tax-exempt to the extent provided by law.