Our Leaders


KeithcKeith Cromieemail
Teaching Pastor

Keith has been on the staff team since 1989.  His goal is to equip, empower and encourage people to make forward progress  in their faith journey with Jesus.   His unshakable confidence is that God is at work restoring people and followers of Jesus get the privilege of cooperating with  God in the process.  Keith’s wife is Margaret, his life and ministry partner of 38 years (and counting).  Time with his adult children and grand-child rank at the top of his joy list.    He also engages in recreational bicycle riding, long-distance motorcycle riding, and friendly conversations over coffee.  His favorite breakfast is a good bowl of oatmeal!


DancDan Chapinemail
Student Ministry Pastor

Dan joined our staff in October, 2014, leading our High School and Middle School ministries. He graduated from Moody Bible Institute with a  Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies in 2011. Dan enjoys getting into spirited debates about why Star Wars is better than Star Trek. Dan married Ellie in  2011; they have been sweethearts since junior high. They both have a passion to see students become risk-taking, legacy-living, community-changers for  Christ.



TomkTom Kirkendallemail
Lead Pastor

Tom came to Cedar Grove in 2011 with a variety of ministry and management experience. After graduating from San Jose State in Business  Finance, he worked for 8 years in banking until God directed him into full-time ministry and to earn a Masters degree from Western Theological Seminary. His  deep passion is to see God unify his Church and to develop leaders with an authentic passion for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Tom and his wife Debbie are  blessed to have 3 sons Robbie, Jacob, and Jensen who are uniquely following their own passions and love for God.


LuwannaLuwanna Diceemail
Director of Children’s Minsitries

Luwanna has been a part of our staff since 1998. She currently  serves as Director of Children’s Ministries.  She is committed to teaching children to know, love, and follow Jesus. She leads a  team of dedicated volunteers who care for children every week.



SamhSam Herscuemail
Worship Leader

Sam has been leading worship at Cedar Grove since November 2011 and has been leading worship across the Bay Area for over 15 years. He is a General Building Contractor and received his degree in Liberal Studies with a minor in Music from Cal State University, East Bay. Sam and his wife, Stephanie, were married on December 31, 2005.



Kelly Curtis – email
Assistant Director of Children’s Ministries

Kelly joined our staff in 2012 after eight years of service as our Vacation Bible School Director.  She and her husband Dan have been active in children’s ministry for over 20 years.  They have two children, Brittany and Austin.



LindaaLinda Averyemail
Administrative Assistant

Linda has served on our administrative team for many years.  She takes care of our desktop publishing needs, as well as a host of other responsibilities.  Linda is married to Ken, and they have two grown children, Jonathan and Alicia.



Carrie Vanlandingham – email

Carrie’s info coming soon!


Our elders have the ultimate shepherd responsibility for the overseeing, care and vision of the church. We trust God to lead through these gifted men. The Bible teaches us to lovingly support and submit to their leadership (see Hebrews 13:17 and 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13).

The elders have clearly defined qualifications (see 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1) as well as a variety of roles, including ministering to the congregation by teaching, serving, annointing of the sick, administering church discipline, determining our doctrinal positions, hiring pastors, setting compensation, and approving the annual church budget plan.

Board of Elders:

John Jackson (Chair) – email
Tom Kirkendall
Keith Cromie
John Moody
Ed Talbot
Dan Nelson
Ben Brown
Gary Chang
Tony Sorensen
John Dice
Peter Connell
Lynn Hughes
Howard Wilson
Dick Lear
Dave Foreman