Pastoral Staff

John Crosby, Senior Pastor

John is known for his voracious reading habit—often devouring a few books every week! Otherwise, John is probably out in nature somewhere or globetrotting with the board of World Vision International. John and Laura have two grown daughters who live on either coast.

John earned his M. Div from Gordon-Conwell and D. Min from Fuller; he’s been at CPC since 1989.

Petey Crowder, Pastor of Adult Ministries

As our newest staff member, Petey is excited to get to know CPCers. He loves to read, run, spend time outside, and explore new places: He's done ministry in four states over the last 12 years! Petey and Ashley have two young daughters.

Petey holds a master’s in ministry leadership from George Fox and is earning an D. Min. in contextual theology from Northern. He joined staff in 2017.

Jake Kirchner, Connections Pastor

You’re likely to find Jake in the Great Room, coffee in hand, making others feel welcome. Jake loves working on various creative projects—even when they don’t turn out like on Pinterest. He and Angela have three young kids.

Jake is earning his master’s degree in missional church movements from Wheaton College. He came on staff in 2016.


James Madsen, Pastor of Discipleship

In any conversation with James, you’ll hear him champion the grace of Jesus. His happy place is the family cabin up in Canada, with a fishing rod and no cell phone coverage. James and Anna have three sons.

James has been at CPC since 2008; he holds an M. Div from Bethel and master’s degree in counseling from Trinity.


Debbie Manning, Pastor of Congregational Care

Debbie’s laugh is contagious—along with her deep love and commitment to the CPC community. She counts it a privilege to share in the joys and hardships of life as part of the Congregational Care team. She and Steve have three adult children and one grandson.

Debbie holds an M. Div from Bethel and has been on staff since 1999.


Jody Phenow, Pastor of Congregational Care 

If you’ve had a conversation with Jody, you’ve experienced the sweetness of God’s love. When she’s not using Rich as a children’s sermon illustration, you’ll find Jody outside in nature, preferably at the cabin. She and Rich have three grown kids and a grandson.

Jody has an M. Div from Fuller and first joined staff in 1987.


Rich Phenow, Pastor of Congregational Care & Lay Empowerment

You’ll notice Rich’s beard; you’ll remember Rich’s heart, which beats in a special way for seniors, the grieving, and those with special needs. He shows his secret skills over a soup pot and behind the grill. Rich and Jody have three grown kids and a grandson.

Rich Phenow has a master’s degree in counseling and M. Div from Fuller and has been on staff since 1987.


Melissa Schaser, Pastor of Congregational Care

If there’s anything Melissa loves more than caring for people, it’s empowering others to care for one another. She makes her own pasta and reads Scripture with her husband, Nick, in the original Hebrew and Greek.

Melissa earned an M. Div from Vanderbilt and joined staff in 2016.

Staff Leadership

Mara Amiot, Director of Operations

To be a well-oiled machine, every organization needs someone who loves processes and systems, and those are practically Mara’s spiritual gifts! She and her husband, Lee, like to spend time outside.

Mara holds a master’s degree from St. Thomas and came on staff in 2016.


Carrie Gleeson, Director of Student Ministries

Carrie grew up at CPC and is fluent in “teenager.” She’s passionate about students and worked with Youth for Christ in Nebraska before returning to Minnesota. Carrie wishes she could be British royalty and is a diehard Husker fan.

Carrie joined staff in 2012 and is earning her master's in Global Leadership from Fuller.


David Hammond, Director of Creative Worship

David is a builder of all kinds of things: worship experiences, creative videos, house projects, and his young family with Heather and their three kids. Give him a wave if you see him biking to work, which he does for the introverted reflection time.

David joined staff in 2013; he earned an M. Div from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.


Heather Hood, Minister of Worship and Music

Ever notice how the music or call to worship pairs thematically with the weekend sermon? It’s no accident, thanks to Heather’s careful planning. Outside of CPC you’ll find Heather singing with the Minnesota Chorale, teaching at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul, or taking in a movie, show, or concert with friends.

Heather has been on staff since 1985; she holds a doctorate from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies.


Sarah Long, Director of Communications

If you’ve ever wondered how to use a semicolon correctly, Sarah’s the person you need to know. Prior to CPC, Sarah worked in publishing, editing more than 200 books. Sarah and Dave have three daughters, and you can usually find them outdoors or eating ice cream—or both.

Sarah has been on staff since 2013.


Sarah Norton, Director of Family Ministries

From cradle to college and beyond, Family Ministries is the crux of what we do—and Sarah is the anchor. As Kansas City natives, Sarah and Craig cheer for the Royals along with their two adult sons.

Sarah has been on staff since 2006.


Kathleen Selje, Director of Kids' Ministries

Get to know Kathleen by joining in her favorite pastime: twalking (talking + walking), preferably around a lake! She worked with the Navigators for over twenty years. Kathleen and Chad have three teenagers.

Kathleen has been on staff since 2016.