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Leadership at CPC is composed of our pastors, staff leaders, and elected elders.

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Petey Crowder

Senior Pastor

Petey became Senior Pastor in 2020, after serving as Executive Pastor of CPC for three years. Petey is the primary preacher at CPC, and is responsible for the spiritual, pastoral, and administrative leadership of the congregation and staff. Petey desires to share the saving grace of Jesus to those far from God—as well as equip and motivate the church to be “on mission” where God has placed them. Prior to his move to Minnesota, he worked in churches and ministries that represent a range of geographical, cultural, and economic contexts. Petey holds a master’s in ministry leadership from George Fox and is earning a D. Min. in contextual theology from Northern. He is married to Ashley and has two daughters.

Mara Amiot

Executive Director

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Mara Amiot

Mara is responsible for creating and establishing innovative and healthy processes for operations, communications, and staff development. She has served on the staff of CPC since 2016, playing a crucial role in leading through a renovation and expansion project, staff transitions, and a pandemic! Mara’s deft ability to create processes and systems—and her deep commitment to the staff and congregation—allow CPC’s ministry to thrive. She previously served as Executive Director of YouthWorks, a missions organization. Mara holds a master’s degree from St. Thomas.

Cory Gregory

Senior Director of Engagement

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Cory Gregory

Cory’s main goal is to grow CPC’s ability to extend the invitation of Jesus through weekend worship, hospitality on our church campus, appropriate next steps to learn more about Jesus and CPC, and outreach programs. Cory claimed his adult faith as his own at CPC, and he treasures the relationships—old and new—that make CPC so special. He served in several roles at CPC from 2005-2013, including Director of Student Ministries, then acquired experience in for-profit, non-profit, and the multi-campus-church arenas. He re-joined the CPC staff in 2019. Cory has a master’s degree from Fuller Theological Seminary.

Jonathan Hicks

Executive Pastor

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Jonathan Hicks

Jonathan joined CPC in 2021 as Executive Pastor to provide leadership to ministry areas for all ages—birth through senior adults—including Missions and Care. His oversight focuses on the programs, processes, and pathways for everyone to experience the invitation of Jesus into discipleship and serving. Jonathan previously served at fellow ECO church, Highland Park Presbyterian, in Texas.

Ministry Leadership

Staci Cihlar

Director of Student Ministries

Carrie Gleeson

Pastor of Engagement

Jon Good

Pastor of Care Ministries

Emily Hamilton

Pastor of Missions

Heather Hood

Director of Worship

Ben Lodahl

Director of Contemporary Worship

James Madsen

Pastor of Groups

Danise McMillen

Director of Kids' Ministries

Melissa Schaser

Pastor of Groups & Community Life


Susan Gallagher

Class of 2023; Governance

Greg Hanson

Class of 2023; Governance

Anne Johnson

Class of 2023; Personnel

Todd Mulliken

Class of 2023; Resource

Karen Beadie

Class of 2024; Governance

Tim Nasby

Class of 2024; Personnel

Brett Peterson

Class of 2024; Resource

Leslie Turner

Class of 2024; Resource

Mark Paetznick

Class of 2025; Resource

Sharon Sampson

Class of 2025; Personnel

Christina Walker

Class of 2025; Governance

Chris Tillotson

Class of 2025; Governance

Bruce Locklear

Class of 2026; Personnel

Luanne Lind

Class of 2026; Personnel

Molly Johnson

Class of 2026; Governance

Clay Kilber

Class of 2026; Resource

What Are 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 the staff accountable.

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