Pastor of Preaching and Leadership
Kent used to think that being human was something sinful that had to be over come. Now he understands that people are made to bear God’s image by becoming human like Jesus. Kent wants to purge the phrase “I’m only human” from our vocabulary because the message of Jesus is that everyone can become more human, as God designed, which allows us all to flourish. Kent’s mission is to introduce others to this good news so they can become all they are meant to be in Jesus!
Ambassador of Care
Gary joined our staff in June 2020 as the Ambassador of Care. We are excited to welcome him to our ministry staff and get to know him further.
Pastor Emeritus – Care Ministry
Alan and Jan have followed Jesus together for 50 years, serving churches in Arizona, California, and Colorado. They also did extensive international ministry with Operation Mobilization onboard the ships Doulos and Logos II. In 1997, Alan was called to be the campus chaplain and teach theology at the University of Dubuque. Alan joined the leadership team of Cedar Hills in 2014 with a focus on pastoral care and building Christ-centered missional communities. One of Alan’s favorite books is Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Jan is a nutritionist who enjoys setting a welcome table for joyous celebrations. Alan officially retired in 2020 but continues in the role of Pastor Emeritus. He is writing a book about God’s outrageous grace.
Connection and Communication Architect
When Lindsey was 20 years old, if you had told her she’d be working at a church later in life, she would have laughed and cried out of despair. It would have been the last place she wanted to be seen, let alone working. Now, 14 years later, she’s thrilled to be working in this role. Lindsey and Karl have two kids, whom they recently started homeschooling. Lindsey struggles daily to live in the space between her ideals and everyday living with fallible human beings. Lately, Lindsey has been working on living life with an open hand (as opposed to a closed fist) and reading a lot of Seth Godin and Brene Brown books. Creating healthy meals that taste delicious is either a nightly success or failure in the Ungs’ household. Regardless, she loves to share good food and drink with others, in her home.
Director of Youth & Young Adults
Steve grew up in central Wisconsin. He met Cathy, his wife, at their alma mater Central College. Steve began ministry over 15 years ago as a camp counselor. He and Cathy have been camp program directors with Lake View Camps since 2009. Previously, Steve also served as the director of youth ministry at Adventure-Life Reformed Church in Altoona, Iowa. He enjoys his roles of disciple, husband, father, and ministry leader. Steve also loves to fish, hunt, hike, cook, and listen to audio books.
Jennifer grew up in Winona, MN and Fountain City, WI. She attended Luther College in Decorah, IA majoring in Music Performance and Music Management. Jennifer went on to attend University of Northern Iowa for her Master of Music degree in flute performance. She moved to Cedar Rapids in 2006 with her husband, Jon and their seven-pound dog named Tyke. After 14 years of thinking they weren’t able to have children, they had miracle daughter named Mira (Nov 2019). “For this child, we have prayed and the Lord has granted us the desires of our hearts.” (1 Samuel 1:27). Jennifer also teaches as the flute instructor at Orchestra Iowa School and enjoys distance running.
Director of Noah’s Ark Preschool
Kris was born in Kansas and has lived in MO, IL, Mexico City, Mexico, Lincoln and Omaha NE. She received her BS in Elementary Education from the University of Nebraska. She taught first and second grade for numerous years in Lincoln and Omaha before moving to Cedar Rapids, in 1991. Prior to Kris teaching 3-year Preschool and coordinating the Lunch Bunch Program, at Noah’s Ark in 2013, she served the Cedar Hills Community Church as the Director of Children’s ministry for seven years.
Faith has always been a part of her life. She was blessed to have loving parents who exposed her to the knowledge and love of the Lord from the earliest age possible. Her mission in life is to let all children know how much they are loved by God. She loves to have interactions with children, listening to how they describe the world around them. She has a book full of the cutest quotes you could possibly imagine from her experiences here at Noah’s Ark Preschool. Accepting the role of Director in April of 2019 has increased her opportunities to share God’s love. She looks forward to growing the school into everyone’s first choice of preschools in Cedar Rapids.
Pastor of Worship & Media
Leah grew up in Central Iowa and joined the staff in 2007. She earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Simpson College in 2002, a Master of Arts in Christian Ministries & Worship from Briercrest Seminary in Caronport, Saskatchewan, Canada in 2007, and a Master in Church Music from Concordia University of Wisconsin in 2011. Prior to coming to Cedar Hills, she was a faculty assistant at Briercrest Seminary and co-lead the campus ministry program at Central College in Pella, Iowa.
She tries to enjoy running, loves bicycling and weight-lighting, drinks lots of coffee, and writes songs for her kids. She and her husband, Rick have four children. Her latest music project is setting the “100 Bible Verses Everyone Should By Heart” scriptures to music. Listen on Youtube.
Children’s Sunday Class Coordinator
Cathy was raised in southwest Iowa, always dreaming of becoming a teacher. After attending Central College where she met her husband-to-be Steve, she taught K-8th grades for 12 years. Being able to minister to kids of all ages through her churches and Lake View Camp was something Cathy enjoyed all year round. When kids joined the family in 2016 and 2019 Cathy knew her main focus was to provide discipleship in her family, so she left the public schools. The Sunday Class Coordinator position allows Cathy to join the best of both worlds: family and spreading Jesus’ gospel to more kids! When Cathy is not cleaning up toys, she enjoys doing anything outside (except sports) and baking.
Kathryn coordinates our nursery care ministry. Nursery is for ages 0-36mo. During the summer months, only the 11am service is staff but parents are welcome to use the nursery space. A live audio feed is running in the room.
‘Captain’ Melissa Harkness
Children’s Church Coordinator
At the 11am service is a special time for children ages 3 to 3rd grade called “Children’s Church”. Children begin in the main worship service with their families and then are dismissed after the opening worship and prayer. Look for “Captain Melissa” to guide you to the Children’s Church room!