Current Staff


Pastor John Schonkaes

Pastor John Schonkaes was born near Detroit, Michigan and grew up there and in South Florida. He attended Concordia University – Ann Arbor, Michigan where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and then attended Concordia Seminary – St. Louis, where he received a Master of Divinity degree. Pastor John’s first call into the public ministry was at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Parma, Ohio where he served for four years. In 2001 he was called to serve here at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Altoona. Pastor John has a passion for helping others grow in their faith and living for Jesus each day of their lives. In addition to serving as pastor at Christ the King, Pastor John is also active with Caring Hand Outreach Center which oversees the local food pantry and clothing distribution center.  Email Pastor John at


Jana Pederson, Office Assistant

Jana is married and has a corgi, two cats, and two bearded dragons. She and her husband moved from Minnesota to Iowa about five years ago. She enjoys the outdoors when it’s cold out and enjoys lots of snow.  Email Jana at




Haley Greenfield, Preschool DirectorHaley Greenfield, Director of Children of Christ Preschool

She lives in Bondurant with her husband and twin infants. She also has a basset hound named Hazel. We are fortunate to have her expertise in early childhood education (ECE) and her extensive formal education bless our classroom. Her love of God and children has filled her heart to continue her work throughout her life! She has her early childhood degree with program administration and science and has been in ECE for over 14 years. Email Haley at

Melissa Salcedo, Preschool Assistant

She has been in childcare for over 25 years. She is married (for 25 years) and she has 5 kids and 10 grandkids. She likes reading, spending time with family, and traveling in the summers.

Sue and Peet Peterson Mrs. Sue & Mr. Pete, Little Learners

My Husband, Pete, and I moved from Clive to Altoona in 2020. We wanted to be closer to our youngest daughter and her family, including our grandson. Our eldest daughter lives in Clive. I enjoy walking, jazzercise, golf, singing time with family and time worshiping and serving Jesus in our church and community.