Meet some of the Fuel International Staff

Dan Crosby, Co-Founder


Dan Crosby co-founded Fuel International with his wife, Maria Crosby, in 1996. On August 2, 2021, Dan unexpectedly transitioned to Heaven at the age of 56 after a seven-week struggle with acute liver failure. Dan finished his race here on earth strong, full of faith. He made an incredible impact globally, and we are forever grateful for his life well lived.

Dan took his first short-term mission trip in the late 1980’s and was HOOKED! It was on his first missions trip that God opened his eyes to a whole other world and broke his heart for those that have yet to hear about Jesus, His mercy, His grace, and His compassion for them. Dan traveled and ministered in over 30 different nations of the world, sending teams to many of these places. Dan was a part of sending thousands to the nations in various teams that involved youth, young adults, and entire families.  These short-term trips were based on the needs of our contacts and included such ministry and outreaches as drama evangelism, humanitarian projects, medical clinics, pastors conferences, and disaster relief.  Dan had a passion to see the Priority People Groups (PPG’s) reached and believed that short-term missions had a significant role to play in that, so much so that he built a team that ended up planting a church among a 99.9% muslim community through short-term teams! Check out the full story and video here.

Dan earned his masters in International Organization Leadership.
He had a pastor’s heart and was very apostolic in nature. He and Maria were also church planters and believed in and loved the local church. They believed in the younger generation, and knew the impact they can have in the nations of the world.

Dan was director of Aquire the Fire in the early years and later was also the Executive Director of Global Expeditions with Teen Mania Ministries. He was also missions pastor for 9 years in NW Indiana.  In 2014, Dan and Maria also started Fuel Church in Monument, Colorado.

Dan has left a legacy for his children Seth and Alyzsa.  He has inspired thousands across the globe to live a radical life with impact.  Dan encouraged us “to live, love, laugh, and leave a legacy.”

Maria Crosby, President & Co-Founder

Since Dan’s transition to Heaven in 2021, Maria has been leading Fuel International as the president with the same vision, fire, and passion to see the nations reached. Maria and Dan led as a team, and now the baton has been passed for Maria to continue the race.

This woman loves the nations of the world. Maria went on here first mission trip to Guatemala back in 1987 and has not stopped since, not even to have babies! Her oldest was in her womb as she and Dan ministered throughout China and walked on the Great Wall to later return when the child was only 3 months old. Maria’s youngest was literally potty trained in a van traveling through Tanzania While mobilizing the churches to reach their PPG’s. Maria was not just married to a church planter and missionary, but has been an integral part in mobilizing and training this generation to take them to the nations of the world. Maria believes in this generation and that they can change the world.

Maria graduated with a Bachelors in Spanish Education. she was a co-director of Aquire the Fire in the early years of Teen Mania Ministries, and co-pastored in missions in NW Indiana.

Maria co-founded Fuel Church with Dan in 2014 in Monument, CO; and since Dan’s transition to Heaven, she continues to pastor Fuel Church with a pastoral team.  She has a heart and vision to continue to see the nations reached and to follow the Great Commissions as stated in Matthew 28:16-20 and Mark 16:15-18.

Brian Chinn, Database Tech

Brian began his missions journey in the 1990’s going with a youth group on a mission trip to the US. This began his obsession with missions for youth. Since then he worked for a nationwide missions organization organizing and leading trips around the world. He has extensive knowledge in setting up trips to various countries globally and the US. He has developed partnerships with people around the world that enable Fuel to partner in the locations.He has extensive leadership on missions having traveled to places like Russia, South Africa, Peru, Panama, Ecuador, Columbia, England, France, Italy, Mexico just to name a few.

Brian was the Operations Director for Global Expeditions for several years – has his Bachelors degree in Organizational Leadership and prior to working for Global Expeditions was the IT Director for a nationwide group of radio stations owned by Radio Training Network, which includes The Joy FM in Florida and HIS Radio in the Carolina’s.

Mary Ellen Crosby, Treasurer

Mary Ellen Crosby began her journey with missions as she was born in the mission field in Mexico City.  Her parents were Wycliffe missionaries.  Her parents translated the Bible in the Zapotaco language.  Mary Ellen has worked for Oral Roberts University in their accounting department for over 30 years, and she has overseen the accounting for Fuel International since 2005.