Leadership at CPC is composed of our pastors, staff leaders, and elected elders.
Petey Crowder, Executive Pastor
Petey always enjoys meeting and getting to know new CPCers. He loves to read, run, spend time outside, and explore new places. Petey and Ashley have two young daughters.
Petey holds a master’s in ministry leadership from George Fox and is earning a D. Min. in contextual theology from Northern. He joined staff in 2017.
Emily Hamilton, Pastor of Missions
Emily is adusting to being back in the States after spending two and half years in Congo doing missions work. A Louisiana native, Emily loves cooking (and eating) gumbo, jambalaya, and étouffée and traveling with her husband, Kyle.
Emily earned her M. Div from Duke and joined staff in 2018.
Ron Hawkins, Transition Pastor
Ron enjoys a good adventure novel and jogging, but especially loves a more recent hobby: grandkids! He and his wife, Linette, have five adult children who have blessed them with eight grandchildren—with two more on the way.
Ron began his role as Transition Pastor in April 2019. He received his M. Div from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a D. Min from Reformed Theological Seminary.
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 & Senior Adults
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, Senior Associate Pastor of Congregational Care
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, Lay Empowerment
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 and Nick have one daughter.
Melissa earned an M. Div from Vanderbilt and joined staff in 2016.
Mara Amiot, Executive Director
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 earned her master’s in Global Leadership from Fuller.
Heather Hood, Director of Traditional Worship & 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.
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 a son and twin daughters.
Kathleen has been on staff since 2016.
At Christ Presbyterian Church our elders:
- are called to serve as spiritual leaders who seek to model in day-to-day life what it means to follow Jesus and to love and serve others.
- work to be stewards and guardians of CPC’s mission and vision in partnership with the staff. Elders approve priorities and plans to fulfill CPC’s mission and vision. The staff is responsible for implementing those plans.
- ensure faithful stewardship of the financial resources entrusted to CPC.
- develop, encourage, and hold accountable the staff.