Cross of Hope Leadership

R. Adam Berndt


Pastor Adam comes to Albuquerque by way of Chicagoland where he served on staff at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights, IL after earning a Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.  “God be with you! I am blessed to serve as lead pastor for this dynamic community of faith. The commitment to children and Christian education along with a sense of mission to the wider church and service to the world was part of God’s call to serve here. It is a blessing to learn and grow in life and faith together!”

Linda Willoughby


Linda has been the Church Administrator at Cross of Hope since 1995. From Linda: “God has led me to Cross of Hope to utilize the skills of administration. It is a true blessing to work along the side of staff, volunteers and congregation folks. The ministry of interaction with all ages that happens during the week is what excites me to work at Cross of Hope. Being a disciple of Christ is fun and at the same time serious business. I have an accountability to God to live the life of Christ and to disciple those around me.”

RC Jordan

Director of Worship & Community Life

Hello!  What an exciting time for me to join as the new Director of Worship and Community Life with Cross of Hope!  Since joining the church back in 2019 with my sweetheart, Art Kavanaugh, I always enjoyed the company of our congregation and Pastor Adam.  A hiatus period was needed to care for Art’s dad, who unfortunately passed away last year.  Since his passing, Art and I are now able to come every Sunday with thanksgiving.  I had volunteered to be the Altar Team Lead, and now, I am happy to provide “the Word” to y’all through the weekly worship bulletins and projections along with anything related to our community life.   We love to keep everyone informed!  Wink!   With gratitude!  Thank you!

Amy Ellis


Peg Biedermann

Director of Digital life

Peg is a retired APS teacher.  She has a strong background in technology and art.  She helps her wife, Paula, run Warm Hearts Therapy Dog Network, and works with a variety of animal rescues and shelters.  Peg is also on the staff at Mission Vet Clinic and puts in a day of work at PetSmart every other Saturday.   The animal jobs help Peg to help others when it comes to saving and finding homes for our furry friends.

Florence Begay

Nursery Attendant

Church Council

Margaret C Reed

Council President

Todd Bramley


Tim Fuller

Council Member

Ron Wirths

Council Member

Sherrie Simek

Vice President

Bob Arseneau

Council Member

Greg Morrison

Council Member

Janet Conlon


Linda Ehlers

Council Member


Kristi Valdez

Council Member

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