Christ Episcopal Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa believes in a loving, liberating, and life-giving God.

We believe in following the teachings of Jesus Christ, whose life, death, and resurrection saved the world.

We have a legacy of inclusion, aspiring to tell and exemplify God’s love for every human being; women and men serve as bishops, priests, and deacons in our church. Laypeople and clergy cooperate as leaders at all levels of our church. Leadership is a gift from God, and can be expressed by all people in our church, regardless of sexual identity or orientation.

We believe that God loves you – no exceptions.

The Very Rev. Hal T. Ley Hayek

The Very Rev. Hal T. Ley Hayek was elected by Christ Episcopal Church Vestry in May, 2018.  He began ministry in Cedar Rapids, August 1, 2018. 

Prior to coming to Christ Church Rev. Ley Hayek served as Chaplain and Director of Counseling at St. Timothy’s School, Stevenson, Maryland.  He served as Dean of the Cathedral of the Incarnation, the Diocese of Maryland in Baltimore, Maryland.

Rev. Ley Hayek served as rector of St. Anne’s Church, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, from 2002- 2009.  While at St. Anne’s, Rev. Ley Hayek served as Bishop Curry’s Interfaith and Ecumenical officer.  His work included helping develop a statewide grassroots organization with the Third Reconciliation Group in North Carolina. The effort developed lay leadership and connected congregations to local issues for sustainable change.

Rev. Ley Hayek was ordained deacon in 1990 and priest in 1991.  He was a member of the Roman Catholic Order of Preachers (Dominicans) from 1984 until 1994. Rev. Ley Hayek holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarke University, Dubuque, Iowa; an M. Div. from Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis, Missouri, a Master of Sacred Theology from Nashotah House Theological Seminary, Kohler, Wisconsin, and is a Clinical Member of American Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) and the Association of Professional Chaplains.

Rev. Tom Lewis, Associate

Tom is the Pastoral Associate to Father Ley Hayek. He grew up in Iowa City. He holds an M.Div. Degree from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, and was ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He has served congregations in Iowa, Michigan, and Virginia. Before coming to Christ Church, he was Priest Associate at St. David’s Episcopal Church and School in Ashburn, Virginia. Among Tom’s responsibilities are publishing, video production, and resource to the Rector.