Ministry Team

Yauo Yang

Senior Pastor

Pastor Yauo Yang was born in 1980 in a refugee camp in Ban Vinai, Thailand. By the grace of God his parents were already Christians. His family moved to Wausau, WI in 1987. He graduated from high school in 2000. During that same year he also married his wife, Mayla, and they both went to live in Stevens Point to attend college. In 2002, Pastor Yauo signed up for the Wisconsin National Guard. He was deployed to Iraq from 2004-2005. In 2008 he graduated from college with a teaching degree. Pastor Yauo’s first job out of college was being a 6th grade social studies teacher. During this time he continued to stay active in church by being a Sunday School teacher, youth director, young couples director, elder and Superintendent of Discipleship. In 2015, the Lord placed a heavy burden in his heart to church plant. In 2016 The Cross was started out of his home with a few families. In Spring 2017, Pastor Yauo received his Masters in Christian Studies from Crown College. During this time they also moved the church out of their house to a public facility on the North side of Wausau. Currently, they are located in downtown Wausau, where they are renting the YWCA building. Pastor Yauo and his wife have six children: Kennedy, Teagan, Malachi, Sunshine, Enoch and Arianna. During the rare moments that he actually has some down time Pastor Yauo enjoys spending time with his family by enjoying the great outdoors (fishing, camping, canoeing, hunting) and playing sports with them.

Ed Hintze


Edward Hintze grew up on his family’s dairy farm where he still resides today. Although no longer actively farming, Ed and his wife Lora enjoy the wonderful gift of country living God has provided. Ed enjoys working with his hands and off road sports. Edward attended St. John’s Lutheran school and appreciates the Christian base that experience provided, he later went on to graduate from D.C Everest high school in 1983. Ed and Lora have 2 grown sons, Tyler and Jacob. Throughout the child raising years Ed assisted with children’s church and Awana with a transition to ushering and deacon opportunities. Fall of 2017 led Ed and Lora to The Cross. They both feel God has brought them to this point in life do His work in helping those seeking to flee addictions, depression and hopelessness.

Xeng Her


Secretary Xeng Her was born and raised in Wausau, WI. When his family moved to Wausau before Xeng was born, God moved in their hearts and they converted to Christianity from Shamanism/Animism. He graduated from Wausau West High School in 2006 and furthered his education with an Associates Degree in Arts and Science from UW-Marathon County in 2009 and Associates Degree in Human Services from Northcentral Technical College in 2011. He is currently married to Panhia Thao with a daughter name Violet. They currently have another baby on the way. Xeng's family has endured the growing pains with The Cross and believe in the vision of The Cross. This is where the Lord has called them serve.