Our Staff

Staff - Group

Cedar Hills Staff

Back Row: Cathy, Jennifer, Hailey, Lindsey, Leah, Kris
Front Row: Steve, Rick, Kent, Gary, Alan


Kent Landhuis
Pastor of Preaching and Leadership

Kent grew up on the east side of Des Moines. He graduated from Iowa State University. Kent then attended seminary at Trinity Divinity School. His first full-time job was as an Associate Pastor in Michigan before coming to serve as Pastor of Cedar Hills in 1995. He is married to his wife, Mary, and he has three children. Pastor Kent loves to jog, read and dig in the dirt. Passionate about preaching and leadership, Pastor Kent considers it his call to proclaim the Good News of God’s love to all who will listen.


Gary Sager
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.


Alan Crandall
Pastor Emeritus - Care Ministry

Alan and his wife Jan have been following Jesus together for nearly 50 years, serving churches in Arizona, California, and Colorado.  They’ve led mission trips in three dozen countries.  They moved to Iowa in 1997 to do campus ministry at the University of Dubuque.  Alan joined the pastoral staff of Cedar Hills in 2014.  Married since 1971, they home-schooled three sons and are sinfully proud of their 21 “cran-kids.”  Jan is a nutritionist and enjoys setting a delicious table for family gatherings and friendly celebrations.  Her leisure activities include working out at the gym.  Alan completed his doctor of ministry at San Francisco Presbyterian Seminary.  He likes to teach evangelical theology and build Christ-loving communities of faith.  He’s a confirmed jogger and banjo player. 

Alan officially retired May 31, 2020 but continues in the role of Pastor Emeritus and is a key figure in our care ministries.


Lindsey Ungs
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.


Steve Poole
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 Wagaman
Office Administrator

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. Jennifer moved to Cedar Rapids in 2006 with her husband, Jon. A year later, a seven-pound morkie (maltese-yorkie) dog named Tyke joined their family. They all enjoy going on walks together and watching the Dog Whisperer. Jennifer teaches as the flute instructor at Orchestra Iowa School. In addition to music, Jennifer enjoys running, reading, sand volleyball, and outdoor activities. Jon and Jennifer are expecting a baby girl due November 29, 2019, after thinking they weren’t able to have children. Their favorite verse for this child is: “For this child I have prayed and the Lord has granted the desires of my heart.” (1 Samuel 1:27).


Kris Crowther
Director of Noah’s Ark Preschool

Kris was born in Kansas and had lived in MO, IL and Mexico City, Mexico all before she was age 8.  Going into 6th grade her family decided to settle down and live in one place for a while.  This resulted in her receiving a BS degree from the University of Nebraska in Elementary Education.  She taught first grade for numerous years in Lincoln and Omaha before moving to Cedar Rapids, where she again found a place to settle in and stay for a while; almost 30 years, actually.  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 these children; to listen 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.


Leah Carolan
Director 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 on staff as a faculty assistant at Briercrest Seminary and co-lead the campus ministry program at Central College in Pella, Iowa.

She tries to enjoy running, drinks lots of bulletproof coffee, and writes silly songs for her kids. She and her husband, Rick have three little boys. Her latest music project is the ABC Bible Memory Project - a short song for every letter of the alphabet to encourage kids to memorize Scripture.

Cathy Poole
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.

Hailey Griffin
Nursery Coordinator

Hailey join the staff in August 2020. Her bio is coming soon!