Meet the Staff

MarshallDr. Marshall Zieman, Pastor/Head of Staff

A native of the Midwest, Marshall grew up near Kansas City, graduating from Wichita State University with a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. A Master of Divinity Degree was earned at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School near Chicago. A Doctorate of Ministry Degree was earned at Fuller Theological Seminary in California.

As newlyweds, Marshall and his wife, Becky, served as church planting missionaries in Spain. It was through the encouragement of Spanish elders that Marshall sought ordination to become a pastor.

Marshall’s first call as a pastor was to West Hills Presbyterian Church in Omaha where he was ordained in 1992. He served at West Hills as their Pastor of Children, Families, and Caregiving. Marshall served the next 20 years as an Associate Pastor at Highland Park Presbyterian Church in Dallas, overseeing the ministries of Children, Youth, and Outreach.

Always a proponent of world mission, Marshall has served as a Trustee of The Outreach Foundation of the Presbyterian Church. For the past 25 years, Marshall has travelled with church mission teams to Eastern Europe, Cuba, Central America, and Africa. He has conducted numerous teaching seminars in Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Belarus, and Moldova on topics related to children's and youth ministry and pastoral care. In recent years, Marshall has focused his travels in the Middle East, visiting and encouraging the Presbyterian Church in Lebanon and Syria, Iraq, Pakistan, and Egypt. Since coming to Church of the Cross, Marshall has participated in our church’s travels to minister with our partner church in the village of Gnozdovo, in western Russia.

Marshall and Becky have three young adult children. Natalia is married to Cade; they are architects living in Tucson, AZ. Suzanne works in Dallas for a Christian non-profit group, The Akola Project, providing employment and empowerment to women at risk, both in Dallas and around the world in Uganda. Ben also lives in Dallas, working as a landman in the oil and gas industry.

At Church of the Cross, Marshall serves as our primary preacher and worship leader, manages our busy staff, moderates the Session (our leadership body), and is the staff liaison to our Mission Committee.  Marshall loves jazz music, cherry pie, bar-b-que, and talking all things baseball, especially as it relates to his beloved Kansas City Royals.

 

lyndadinsdaleRev. Lynda Dinsdale, Transitional Associate Pastor

Lynda was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska and graduated from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln majoring in secondary education. She was a secondary English Teacher in Ogden, Utah, and then a substitute teacher and stay-at-home parent in St. Paul, Minnesota and Austin, Texas.

In 2003, Lynda graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas. Through much of her seminary education she was the Seminary Intern for Women and Older Adult Ministry at Westlake Hills Presbyterian Church in Austin, a 2400 member congregation. In July, 2003 Lynda was called to serve the New Braunfels Presbyterian Church, a 600 member congregation in New Braunfels, Texas as an Associate Pastor. During that time, their Senior Pastor retired leaving Lynda to serve alone for eight months while they searched for an Interim Senior Pastor. Over the last couple of years she has served at New Braunfels with three Interim Pastors and a short-term Head of Staff (there for less than one-year). She definitely has had firsthand experience working with a church in transition, and providing stability in a time of change.

Her continuing education background involves Family Systems Training, Interim Training Week One and Week Two, and Stephen Ministry Leader Training. Lynda is married to Dick Dinsdale, and they have three grown sons.

Lynda has many gifts to share with our congregation, and her experience, spiritual maturity, energy, and compassion will be a blessing for us as we move forward.

 

kristiKristi Treu, Minister of Music and Director of the Vesper Series Concerts, has a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance, vocal performance, and music education from Jamestown College in Jamestown, ND. She later went on to earn her Master of Arts degree in vocal performance and choral conducting from George Mason University in Fairfax,VA. As a military spouse, Kristi has been involved in performing and directing music in many places across the U.S. Her husband, Marv, has retired from the Air Force and they live in Papillion with their three daughters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dana SloanDana Sloan, is the organist. He recently retired as Minister of Music after a 40 year tenure, during which the program grew to be one of the finest in the area. He holds degrees in organ performance from the Ohio State University and the University of Illinois.

Dana now focuses on providing quality choral and congregational support through his keyboard playing and direction to Vesper Concerts (www.vesperconcerts.org) and its unique YOUTH COMPOSES program (www.youthcomposes.com).

Divorced, Dana leads a rich and fulfilling life as a single, especially as the father of two grown children, Ryan, a cardiac intensive care nurse in Indianapolis, and Ashley, a special education teacher in Omaha. He is also the proud grandfather of two granddaughters, Jessa and Ellie.

 

sheri sessionsSheri Sessions, Christian Education Director, received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Michigan State University and her Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, Illinois. She has rich experience in both Christian and public education and administration.

 

 

 

 

rockmedRock Sumner, Business Administrator, is a native of South Dakota and graduated from South Dakota State University – Brookings, SD with majors in Animal Science and Commercial Economics. He worked within the banking industry in both South Dakota and Nebraska as a bank branch manager and loan officer. Rock also has experience in insurance industry having been an agent in western Nebraska for Shelter Insurance Companies and Ohio National Life.

Rock and his family moved to Omaha and joined our church in 1994. He has worked as a trainer for adults, retail management and buying, and is now PCOC’s Business Administrator. Rock has volunteered many hours at PCOC as a member of the Alleluia Singers, as a Deacon, as the Cornerstone dinner cook for many years and moderates our Cross Care team.

As PCOC’s business administrator, Rock works with our Building & Grounds, Safety, Gift & Memorial, Finance and Investment committees.

Rock and his wife Anna have two grown children.

 

juliesmallJulie Hansen, Secretary and Receptionist

 

 

 

 

 

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Presbyterian Church of the Cross
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