Our Staff


Pastoral Staff

Denny Wright: Interim Senior Pastor

Pastor Denny is a retired ELCA pastor who grew up in Cedar Rapids, graduating from Washington High School. He attended Bemidji State and taught high school in Minnesota. Denny then moved back to Cedar Rapids to teach at Kennedy High and married Winnie Lowe (a Linn-Mar grad) in 1967. He attended Northwestern Lutheran Seminary and served at churches in Iowa, Texas, Kansas, and Minnesota. While in Kansas, Denny served as Assistant to the Bishop of the Central States Synod, ELCA. Denny & Winnie recently moved back to eastern Iowa after he had served as Interim Pastor in several congregations in Minnesota. They have four adult children and six grandchildren. This is Pastor Denny’s fourth experience as an Interim Pastor and this is the third ‘Lutheran Church of the Resurrection’ he has served!

Program Staff


Jill Hansen: Co-Director of Children’s Ministries 

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 LCR’s social ministry coordinator. She lives in Marion with her husband, Gary; they have three grown 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 traveling with her ‘boys’ and having fun with the LCR kids.

Jessi Heidelbauer: 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 & discipleship at Camp Chisomo 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 graduated from Iowa State University in 2018.

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. She loves Jesus, children, music, books, friends, and her family. She has a heart for missions, and has been working with orphans at Camp Chisomo in Malawi, Africa since 2010. Katie joined the staff in 2012. She loves working with EDGE!

Nursery Staff

Amanda Schultz




Jennifer McGowan




Abbie Harkin




Amy Lovseth




Joan Christiansen




Music Staff

Aaron Schutte: Contemporary Worship Director

Aaron began his music ministry at Resurrection in 2017, leading our contemporary worship band, With Faith. He is also a stay-at-home dad of two young children. He and his wife, Allison, have served as ELCA missionaries in Tanzania where they taught at a local elementary school. Aaron led contemporary worship for four years at Wartburg College while earning his degree in elementary education. His first experience at LCR was leading EWALU day camps in 2006 and 2007.

Cari Redondo: Evening Song Director

Cari grew up in Manchester, Iowa, graduated from Luther College, and worked in corporate marketing for a number of years.  Ready for a life change, she resigned and became a stay-at-home mom, freelance graphic designer, and volunteer. She has loved music her whole life, and has participated on a worship team for more than 15 years. In 2016 she undertook direction of the wonderful Evening Song music team.

Ruth Armstrong: First Light & Galileans Accompanist

Ruth came to Resurrection in the Fall of 2012 after having previously served as organist at Marion Christian, First United Methodist, and Lovely Lane United Methodist. She grew up in Marion and graduated from Linn-Mar High School and then Simpson College. Before retirement, Ruth taught elementary music in the Alburnett district. She lives in Cedar Rapids with her husband, Steve.

Matthew Lang: Evening Song Accompanist 

Matthew has been a life-long member of LCR, and now serves as pianist for the Evening Song worship team and director of the youth handbell group, JuBellation, which is always looking for new kiddos! In addition to playing handbells, guitar, and piano for several years, Matthew holds a degree in art history and criticism from Kirkwood College and a certificate in organ music from Brigham Young University. In his free time Matthew loves to practice and perform original music, try new restaurants, spend time with family, and spread as much love as possible.

Cheryl Irland: First Light Accompanist

Cheryl is a daughter of Resurrection, having been confirmed here in 1972.  She is a graduate of Luther College and the University of Iowa and retired after many years as a nurse at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Church music is a lifelong passion for Cheryl. She played organ for Resurrection in high school, she received an LPM Certificate in Church Music after completing their Leadership Program for Musicians in 2007, and she served for 20 years as an organist at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Grinnell.  She and her husband Mark have two grown sons. Cheryl shares her talent on the organ at First Light Worship on alternate Sundays.

Tyler Hagy: Choir Director

Tyler Hagy is an active performer, conductor, and educator, based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He currently serves as the Director of Choral Activities at City High School in Iowa City, Iowa. He holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music; a Master of Music degree in Choral Studies from the University of Cambridge, UK; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Theatre/Dance Performance from Luther College. At City High, he conducts the select mixed SATB Concert Choir and the 9-12 Treble Choir, as well as the varsity show choir 4th Ave. Jazz. He also co-teaches the “Hear My Voice” class. Outside of school, he loves to read, watch TV, cook, and participate in live theatre.

Laurie Stock: Resurrection Ringers Director

Laurie Stock has been directing the Resurrection Ringers since 2001. She got her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, Music, and Spanish at the University of Northern Iowa and a master’s degree at the University of Texas Pan American in Gifted & Talented Education. Laurie lives in Marion with her husband, Kent; they have two grown daughters.

Barb Hazelton: Galileans Director

Barb Hazelton grew up in Tama, Iowa and moved to Cedar Rapids in 1975 to attend Kirkwood College, where she received a 2-year business degree. She started working at Rockwell Collins in 1980 and has been a member of LCR since 1985. Barb has served on the Worship Committee, Council, and currently on Altar Guild, plus she sings in the Resurrection Choir and organizes and sings in the Galileans women’s choir. Barb enjoys bowling and Iowa Women’s Basketball. She and her husband Jim live in Cedar Rapids; they have one grown son.

Wayne Brandt: The King’s Men Director




Support Staff

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 a secretary and receptionist at Resurrection since 2003. She is responsible for worship slides, mailings, and answering the phone. Emily loves music, reading, naps, social dancing, and this fine planet.


Allyn Glenn-Angell: Director of Communications

Allyn joined the Resurrection staff in October 2018. She has a degree in Organizational Management from Penn State and a certificate in Non-Profit Management from the University of Iowa. The daughter of two United Methodist pastors, she is passionate about church outreach and helping churches live out their call to be God’s people.


Marsie Sherzer: Janitor

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 spending her free time with her husband, grown daughters, and a young son.