CC Ministries Staff

Steven Heerts

The CC Podcast Producer
In addition to his work with The CC Podcast, Steven has great passion and ability for all things audio/visual/technical and works multiple jobs in those areas. Steven is currently attending college to earn a degree in that field, as well.

Steve Kramer

The CC Broadcast Speaker
Steve retired as senior pastor of Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Afton, MN, and still delivers the majority of our sermons.
Steve and his wife, Julie, have two adult children and three grandsons.

Lee Laaveg

The CC Broadcast Associate Speaker
Lee Laaveg, pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Spencer, Iowa, joined the staff of Christian Crusaders in 2015 as associate speaker. He and his wife, Denise, have four married, adult children and eight grandchildren.

Paul Nielsen

Finance and Development
Paul is a retired accountant and available by appointment (free!) to help individual donors determine how they can donate in a way that is most tax-advantageous. Paul is married to Shirley and they have 3 grown children and several grandchildren.

Andrew Nordstrom

Technical Director
In addition to other roles outside the organization, Andrew works part-time for Christian Crusaders as Technical Director, handling many of the operations tasks of the CC Ministries.

Matt Reisetter

Executive Director
In January, 2020 Matt added his new role at Christian Crusaders to two other part time ministry leadership roles, which he still maintains: Executive Director of the Cedar Falls Bible Conference and US Staff for Power to Change Digital Strategies. He is also co-owner of Iowa's largest fireworks stores! Matt is married to Jen and they have 4 kids.

Ael Suhr

CC Broadcast Producer and Announcer
In addition to his duties with The CC Broadcast, Ael owns and manages KWAY Radio in Waverly, IA. Prior to working for Christian Crusaders, Ael served on our Board of Directors.

Ashlynn Walston

Administrative Assistant
Ashlynn was born in Georgia and moved with her family up to Iowa in 2015. She is the oldest of three siblings and will graduate from homeschool in 2021. Ashlynn plays basketball and volleyball at Waterloo Christian School.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors for Christian Crusaders provides oversight and advice to the Executive Director. They serve as volunteers for terms of three years, and meet quarterly.

Dave Else


Tim Boettger

Vice President

Jim Gerber


Laurie Larsen


Larry Leutzinger

Don Lilleskov

Dave Pletscher

Dan Schofield

Adrian Talbot

Contact the Board of Directors

To contact the Board directly, through the President, please use the contact form here. Any inquiries about daily operations, requests for copies of programs, or assistance in getting Broadcast or Podcast content should be directed to the staff on the Contact Us page.