Meet the Staff

Michael Bryant, Crossing the Jordan

Michael Bryant

President, Co-Founder
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Michael Bryant co-founded Crossing the Jordan with his wife, Dana.

Michael is also the publisher of the Christian Bee Newspaper. Michael has a deep passion for serving the community.

After years of struggling with his own addiction, Michael surrendered his life completely to Christ.

He stumbled onto the principle that if he wanted it, he had to give it away.

“Pure and undefiled religion before God, the Father is this; to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27

Michael has committed his life to walking out this verse and being a father to the fatherless.

Dana Bryant, Crossing the Jordan

Dana Bryant

Executive Director, Co-founder
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In 1999, Dana Bryant was given a vision to open a home for hurting and broken women and children in Sonoma County.

Today, that vision is a reality.

The Lord put that purpose deep in Dana’s heart as she struggled to get her life back after years of domestic violence and abusing drugs and alcohol.

Through that experience  and after giving her life to Christ in 1999, Dana knew that women like herself would only be able to truly change their lives and heal through the love of Christ and the support of the community.

This is our mission- transforming lives through the love of God.

Crossing the Jordan is about leaving the desert, crossing over our Jordan River’s and entering our promised land filled with milk and honey.


Emma Drayer

Operations Manager
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Emma will be our first graduate of Crossing the Jordan. She entered the program in March, 2012 and was one of the first to move into the Milk and Honey Home for Women and Children.

Emma’s natural leadership skill quickly gained her the respect of all of the residents in the program as well as the Board Members and Executive Staff at Crossing the Jordan.

Emma will soon be promoted to Program Manager. In the meantime, Emma is responsible for coordinating donation, logistics and our donation outreach program.

We are very proud of Emma! A testimony that Crossing the Jordan builds strong leaders that are quickly becoming skilled powerful businesswomen.


Anna Newman

Processing Manager
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Anna has shown that perseverance is the greatest asset to a company. Anna, a recent graduate of the Manna Home, has shown dedication that is rare in today’s world. Anna’s humility and strength has been at the core of who she is.

Anna is in charge of the back warehouse of our thrift store.


Kasandra Mortensen

Donation Coordinator and Driver
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Kasandra is our newest staff member.  Kasanadra is also one of the first to enter the program and will be graduating in the next few months.

Kasandra is our first official driver at Crossing the Jordan Industries and we could not be more excited. Kasandra’s timely attendance and steady work ethic on deliveries has earned her a position on the team.  Kasandra enjoys meeting our loyal donors on pick ups and takes pride in all she does for the ministry.

We are proud of Kasandra’s desire to join the team and her willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done!


Pen Guy and The Mercedes Pens Art Car

Costas Schuler

Graphic Design
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Costas Schuler is a graphic designer and the one responsible for our logo, web site, flyers and all the signs and banners you see in and around Crossing the Jordan Thrift store. He has been with us from the very beginning and has helped us develop our corporate brand through all the ups and downs as we struggled to find our identity.

In case you were wondering he is also the pen guy, famous for covering his Mercedes in over 10,000 pens called the Mercedes Pens. He uses the car to go about his daily business, collect used pens around Sonoma County and most importantly bring a joyful sight to all who see the car.

You can see more of his Graphic design work at and more about his amazing art car at

James King

Rohnert Park Store Manager