Meet our Staff

“So I am willing to endure anything if it will bring salvation and eternal glory in Christ Jesus to those God has chosen.” ~ 2 Timothy 2:10

Discipleship begins and ends with Evangelism.
If no one around you is experiencing the forgiveness of their sins and the indwelling presence of God that radically changes their lives for the first time, then you or your environment need to change.
This same Good News that came to you is going out all over the world. It is bearing fruit everywhere by changing lives, just as it changed your lives from the day you first heard and understood the truth about God’s wonderful grace.  Colossians 1:6
Dan Allison
Dan AllisonLead Pastor
Dan and his wife Sarah celebrate 25 years of marriage this year!! They have enjoyed raising 4 sons who love playing competitive sports spending time in the outdoors with their dad.  Dan and Sarah are passionate about seeing people come to know Jesus personally.
Dan Allison is the Lead Pastor of CrossRoads Church. He graduated from High School in Dubuque and from the University of Northern Iowa in 1992 with a BA in Finance. He has been employed by a leading financial services firm in the Retirement Industry for over 25 years, serving corporations as they help their employees save and invest for retirement.  
Dan is the founding Pastor of CrossRoads Church, an interdenominational church, which launched its first public service in September 2014.  The church has grown quickly and we’re excited about what God will do next with our Partnerships in Western Dubuque.

“Yet we know that a person is made right with God by faith in Jesus Christ, not by obeying the law. And we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we might be made right with God because we have obeyed the law. For no one will ever be made right with God by obeying the law.”  ~ Galatians 2:16

“Don’t ask the what the world needs. Find out what makes you come alive, and go do that, because the world needs people who have come alive.” – Gil Bailie

Steve Bensema
Steve BensemaAssociatePastor

Steve and his wife, Brooke, and their four kids (Miles, Nora, Olivia & Payton) are excited to be a part of the CrossRoads family! They have been living in Ames, IA for the last 8 years while Steve was working as an Entrepreneur and exploring what God has in store for their family. Steve’s ministry passions are around teaching, counseling, and developing leaders.

 “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. And all [other] things will be added to you.” ~ Matthew 6:33



“Isaac, one day you are going to regret not having a life-quote.  When that happens, you will feel silly.”     ~ My Mom (or My Friend Tim)

Isaac Holst
Isaac HolstWorship/Youth Pastor

Isaac graduated from Bethel University and then moved to Peosta in August of 2016. He married his wife in Aug of 2017. He has the privilege of leading the music and worship on Sunday mornings and the youth group on Sunday and Wednesday nights.

The Lord will fight for you. Just be still.”  ~Exodus 14:14

Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny… C.S. Lewis

Tiffany Johnsrud
Tiffany JohnsrudChildrens Director

Tiffany Johnsrud is the Children’s Director at CrossRoads Church. She was born and raised in Dubuque. She is a paraprofessional at Peosta Elementary. Her passion is teaching the gospel to children.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.  ~Jeremiah 29:11-13

It’s not our job to fix people; it’s our job to love them even while they are broken.  ~ Dave Willis

Val Gaff
Val GaffDirector of Operations

Val is the Director of Operations for CrossRoads Church. Originally from Michigan, but being a military wife for 24 years and traveling all around the world, she has recently settled in the Western Dubuque area with her husband and 2 of their 3 kids.

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. ~ Isaiah 61:1-4

Emily Duenser
Emily DuenserThe Nest

Emily is the Director of The Nest. She loves Jesus and loves to watch Him at work at CrossRoads and in our communities! She & her husband Luke have 3 kids on earth and 2 in heaven. When she’s not cooking, fighting sibling fires, driving to & from basketball games, or scrubbing sharpies off the walls- she enjoys date nights in Galena, singing really loudly, reading, and Hygge-fying their home.