STAFF & LEADERSHIP
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Rev. Dr. Marshall Zieman
Pastor/Head of Staff
Marshall was called to Church of the Cross in 2015 as our Pastor and Head of Staff. A native of the Midwest, Marshall grew up in the Kansas City area, 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 30 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.
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. He also serves our local presbytery on its Commission On Ministry. Marshall loves jazz music, cherry pie, bar-b-que, and talking all things baseball, especially as it relates to his beloved Kansas City Royals. Marshall and Becky have three wonderful adult children and three adorable grandchildren whom they would love to tell you about.
Director of Music and Executive Director of Vesper Concerts Series
Kristi Treu, Director of Music and Executive Director of Vesper Concerts Series, 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 (retired) military spouse, Kristi has been involved in performing and directing in many locations across the United States. She and her husband, Marv, are the proud parents of three adult daughters and are enjoying the empty nest phase of their lives.
Christian Education Director
Heather moved to Omaha in 2012 when her husband David was transferred here with Union Pacific Railroad. Heather was born in Iowa, but has lived most of her life in Texas, with a short stay in Louisiana due to David’s work. Heather was a stay at home mom for 15 years, but kept herself busy volunteering at church, in the community as a CASA and as a Girl Scout leader. Heather graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Animal Science and worked for the Houston Zoo as a Zookeeper in the Education Department right out of college. But when she and David started a family, Heather felt called to stay at home to raise their three children. Heather is excited to serve the church and see how God uses her in her new role here at Church of the Cross.
Rock 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.
Our communications team is responsible for our website, worship livestream, marketing communications by email, social media, and the Cross Currents newsletter. Please use the email address above to submit content for these media. Christian Fritz is the main contact for the communications team.
Our leadership is based on the Presbyterian form of government in which ministers and ruling elders chosen by the congregation serve together. Twenty-four elders serve on the Session, each serving a three-year term. Elders also participate on one or more of the eight standing committees, often as moderators.
Building & Grounds
Casey Ballou, moderator
Mimi Bauer, moderator
Worship & Music
Jayne Frederickson, moderator
Jeremy Cunningham, moderator
Amy Boesen & Brenda Graumann, co-moderators
Clerk of Session
Kathy Nickel and Stephanie Weaver, co-moderators
Anne Wattles, moderator
Year indicates when the term will end.
Elected by the congregation to three year terms, deacons minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress both within and beyond the community of faith.
The deacons of our church actively minister to others through…
- outreach to homebound individuals
- member visitation and support
- correspondence and personal contact with members for significant life events
- hospital visitation and delivery of flowers
- provision of luncheons following the funeral services
- coordination and provision of meals and other assistance during times of need.
- support for various ministries such as Pantry Sunday, the Prayer Shawl ministry, recognition of graduating high school seniors, care boxes for young members who are away from home, and many special projects to support ongoing needs in the local and larger community.
Moderator of Deacons
Year indicates when the term will end.
Mary Beth Gust