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Meet Our Dedicated Pastors

Joey & Penny Hipp – Lead Pastors


Penny and I both grew up in homes with alcoholic fathers. I thrust myself into sports and Penny used her love for people and animals to escape. We met in High School and married after Penny graduated (I was starting my junior year of college). I graduated with a degree in business and started two companies and we made a lot of green. Our goal was to be rich and retire by the age of forty (we would have made it but God messed everything up…ha, ha).
We have been in full-time ministry since 1986. For the first eighteen years we traveled throughout the United States as evangelists and into many foreign countries. We had a blast! In 2000 God deposited a dream in our hearts to plant a unique church in Mobile, Alabama. We carried that dream for four years and then in August of 2004 that dream became reality as we gave birth to Cross River Church. Now everyday we get to live out the dream!


Unique fact:

I had a hard time deciding whether to be a professional Barefoot Water Skier or a Hollywood Stuntman. Penny used to get into a lot of fights as a little girl (she was pretty feisty…come to think of it, she still is).

Married to:

Each other since 1980


We have two daughters. Shree’ is married to Josh Speer & Chelsee’ is married to Danny Dunston.


I know we don’t look it, but we have five grandkids with another on the way! I know now why they call them grand…


Presently, zero.


What we do for fun:

Go to a movie together most Fridays (that’s our date day) and spend time with our family, especially our grandkids. We can make them rotten, then send them home with their parents…What a way to get them back!

TV shows we watch:

I like mostly movies but we do watch King of Queens, Everybody Loves Raymond, Andy Griffin & Penny loves NCIS, People’s Court, The Doctors and Dr Phil.

Favorite Movies:

I am a movie buff and there are few that I haven’t seen at least 100 times. I like Action stuff, Westerns and even Romantic Comedies (don’t tell anyone). Penny just likes watching movies together no matter what they are.

What we read:

The Bible, Blogs, Leadership articles and Growth books, especially ones with very short chapters. We like books that speak to us quickly!

What we eat:

Japanese, Mexican, Italian, American, Chinese, Soul food, and Country food (pretty much any kind of food, we’re not too picky). I love Dark Chocolate and Penny likes deserts made from any type of berries.


What we drink:

I like a cup of coffee (with lots of chocolate creamer) in the morning and then water all day. Penny likes coffee, sweet tea and diet Dr. Pepper.

Favorite Color:

I love Red. Penny likes Turquoise and Brown.

My Passion:

God, Family, People and Alabama Football.

Favorite Scripture:

Psalm 27:3 (AMP), One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and [insistently] require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, to behold and gaze upon the beauty [the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness] of the Lord and to meditate, consider, and inquire in His temple.

Contact us:

Mrs. Penny 251-634-2424 ext 17 or ms.p@crossriverchurch.com

Pastor Joey 251-634-2424 ext 18 or pastor@crossriverchurch.com