Dennis Johnson: Senior Pastor
Dennis came to Resurrection in 2000 after serving as pastor at Emmons Lutheran Church in Emmons, Minnesota (1992-2000) and at Gloria Dei Lutheran in Tomah, Wisconsin (1986-1992). He is a native of New Hampton, Iowa and graduated from University of Northern Iowa (1977) and Luther Seminary (1986). Prior to seminary Dennis served as Youth Minister at Vinje Lutheran Church, Willmar, MN (1977-1980) and Midvale Lutheran Church, Madison, WI (1980-82). Dennis is married and has two children.
Pastor Dennis shares preaching and worship leadership, leads studies in our Adult Faith Development program, and works directly with church administration, council, and staff on their various roles in our shared ministry. He is also involved with bible camp promotion.
Miranda Klosterboer: Associate Pastor
Miranda came to Resurrection in 2016. She was raised in Cedar Rapids and Lisbon, Iowa and served previously at Good Shepherd Lutheran in Lena, Illinois. Miranda and her husband Jesse are excited to have added a son to their family in 2016! Pastor Miranda joins in preaching and pastoral care, and leads our Confirmation Ministry.
Jill Hansen was hired to partner in our Children’s Ministry program in 2008 and then as the Wednesday Night Live Director in 2009. She is also in charge of Middle School and Family events. She lives in Marion with her husband, Gary; they have three sons. Jill grew up in Storm Lake, Iowa and is a graduate of the University of Iowa. She has been a member of LCR since 1999. Previously, she taught at a Christian Preschool for 6 years. She loves music, reading, sports, and the Hawkeyes. She enjoys having fun with her boys and the LCR kids.
Jessi Heidelbauer: Sunday School Director and Co-Director of Children’s Ministries
Jessi joined the staff in 2017 to take charge of Sunday School and Elementary Day Camp. She grew up in Marion and has been a member of Resurrection since 2006. Jessi has a heart for working with children and has been working on development and discipleship in Malawi, Africa since 2013. Jessi has served in many areas of ministry here at LCR and enjoys attending church here with her family. She will graduate from Iowa State University this December with a degree from the college of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Katie Kascel: Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministries
Katie has been attending Resurrection since Fall of 2011. She was born and raised in Marion, and received a degree in Child, Adult, and Family Services (Youth focus) from Iowa State University in May of 2011. She loves Jesus, children, music, books, friends, and her family. She has a heart for missions, and has been working with orphans in Malawi, Africa since 2010. Katie joined the staff in 2012. She loves working with EDGE!
Marcia Edwards: Volunteer Coordinator
Marcia is from Correctionville, Iowa but has lived in Marion for the last thirty years. She taught mathematics in western Iowa, Frankfurt, Germany, and an Indian girls boarding school in South Dakota. While raising her children she was involved in a multitude of volunteer projects. She and her husband Larry have 2 children and 4 grandchildren.
Evelyn Beck: Office Manager & Treasurer
Evelyn and her husband Les have been members since November of 2000 when they relocated to Cedar Rapids from Ames. Evelyn started working at Resurrection in 2008. She volunteers pretty much everywhere at the church and sings with the Wednesday evening worship team. Her hobbies are watercolor painting, her garden, and her grandchildren.
Emily Carson: Office Assistant
Emily has been at Resurrection since 2003. She is responsible for weekly bulletins, the monthly newsletter, worship slides, the website, our Facebook page, and answering the phone. Emily enjoys music, reading, social dancing, naps, and her scruffy perennial garden.
Marsie joined the staff at Resurrection in 2016. She is our day-time janitor. Marsie has lived in the Cedar Rapids area most of her life and spent many years working at Cedar Memorial. She enjoys time with her husband, grown daughters, and young son.
Jamie joined the staff at Resurrection in 2016. He comes in the late afternoons and evenings to clean and take care of our set-ups & tear-downs. Jamie works at one of the local grade schools during the day and is very relieved to get home to his family after helping us here at Resurrection. If you run into Jamie around town and he doesn’t seem to know you, do NOT be offended! Jamie actually has an identical twin.