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Leadership

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Nathan Anenson
Senior Pastor

Nathan is married to Lisa and they have two boys (Luke and Levi) who keep them moving and laughing. Nathan has served LCC since 2012 as Sr. Pastor. He enjoys golfing, playing in the Altoona Adult Softball League, and going on adventures with his family. Nathan loves seeing Jesus transform lives and is passionate about training leaders to be catalysts for the Church living into God’s mission in the 21st Century.

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Noah Ruppert
Discipleship Pastor

Noah lives in Pleasant Hill with his wife, Emily, and their two children, Joel and Hannah. He serves as Discipleship Pastor and enjoys seeing students growing in their faith in and relationship with Jesus. Noah is dedicated to building up the body of Christ in training and equipping God’s people for works of service. Noah enjoys spending time with family, disc golf, and watching the Minnesota Vikings almost make it to the Super Bowl!

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Laurel Swanson
Coordinator for Church Administration

Laurel is married to Jamie, and has two sons, Spencer and Parker. They live on an acreage north of Bondurant. She enjoys spending time with family, including involvement in school, sports and scouts activities. She likes fitness, finding new things to cook, reading and scrapbooking, and serves on the boards of directors for the Bondurant Chamber and the National Association of Church Business Administrators (Church Network). Her aspiration is to “connect the dots” to help others find their place in the ministry and mission of Lutheran Church of the Cross.

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Joyce Ingram
Information Technology Coordinator

Joyce is married to Michael and they live in Altoona. They have 4 grown children.  Joyce is IT Coordinator /Office Manager at LCC which means that her job is varied day to day. She loves to learn new things through internet research. If someone raises a question she is happy to “Google” it to find the answer. She also loves to read and is really happy that her books are always available to her on her phone or tablet. She desires to be a helper to the Staff and Leadership Teams by taking on office duties to free them up for their ministries.

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Kristie Kolsrud
Community Engagement Coordinator

Kristie lives in Altoona with her husband, Paul and their three children, Max, Sam, and Emily.  Kristie loves spending time with her family, friends, and neighbors.  She enjoys all outdoor activities such as running, hiking, biking, gardening, camping, boating, and new adventures!   As a Community Engagement Coordinator, Kristie serves as a coach for LCC’s local and global mission teams. Kristie is passionate about serving Jesus in her community by equipping others build relationships in their neighborhoods.  She also coaches the Children's Ministry Leadership Team.  She is so excited to see Christ’s love continue to spread throughout eastern Polk County and beyond!

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Brad Hallberg
Facilities Manager

Brad lives in Altoona with his wife Sara and their two sons, Garrett and Ethan.  Brad holds certificates in both construction and electric-(whatever these are)— and has worked in both residential and commercial construction.  He is committed to improving and caring for the grounds and buildings of Lutheran Church of the Cross. He loves cheering on the Hawkeyes and can be found outside with his family on their many adventures.

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Levi Faas
Worship Coordinator

Levi and his wife Kate live in Des Moines with their two cats. He is blessed with an enduring compassion for people, a steady curiosity to know the Lord, and a joyful & keen ability to worship God through music. In his role as worship coordinator, Levi gets most excited about deepening relationships, growing in leadership, and helping to create a worship environment in which people can authentically and meaningfully respond to what God is doing in their lives. When he’s not at the church, Levi can most often be found hiking, reading, playing his guitar, or finishing up an undergraduate degree in Human Services, Psychology, and Theology at Grand View University.

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Lance Demers
Coordinator for Worship Technology

Lance is married to Nora and has three kids! He runs his own auto repair business near Bondurant, and keeps busy fixing cars and working the production equipment here at LCC. Lance also plays the drums for our worship team!

Dwayne Hall
Maintenance

Natalie Smithhart
Preschool Director

Natalie and her husband have two boys and live in Pleasant Hill. She has a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from UNI. She enjoys working with the preschool as the director & she loves getting to know the children and their families. She is grateful that God lead her to a workplace that focuses on sharing Jesus and his love. For fun Natalie enjoys running, reading and vacationing with her family. She is excited to continue building a preschool that serves the families of our community in a way that reflects God’s grace and love.

Stacey Amensen
Board President
Nick Boyd
John Larsen
Sonia Nicholson
Dave Osterman
Ranae Lynch