Leadership

Staff

Adam Berndt

Adam Berndt

Pastor

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 Willoughby

Administrator

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.” 

office@crossofhope.org

Richard Hielkema

Richard Hielkema

Director of Music, Youth and Family Ministry

Richard and family came to Cross of Hope in 2000, shortly before the birth of their eldest son. Looking for a church home, they also found an extended family. In 2007, Richard joined the staff at the church as the Music Director. He also took on the role of Director of Youth and Families in 2009. He loves working with people, and making music to praise and glorify God. Richard holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Adams State College, and a Master’s degree is Music from University of New Mexico. He is so blessed by the joy he feels making music with such talented and dedicated people who love to fulfill their call to serve and share their gifts with others. The youth and children of this community continue to put a smile on his face with the love and light they continue to share each day. 

music@crossofhope.org

Nancy Morrison

Nancy Morrison

Administrative Assistant

Nancy is a life-long Lutheran from North Dakota. She, her husband, and her daughter joined Cross of Hope in 1995 and Nancy became an employee in 1996. She works with the Pastor and Music Director in worship planning and produces the weekly bulletins and PowerPoints, and as the Administrative Assistant also has various other duties. She had never thought about working in a church, but as He says: “For surely I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord, “plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.”  God does have a sense of humor. Nancy feels blessed to work with Cross of Hope’s amazing staff and community of faith.

media@crossofhope.org

Erin Sachs

Erin Sachs

Bookkeeper and Payroll Clerk

Erin Sachs has been a member of Cross of Hope since 2010.  She has served in various capacities including Nursery Caregiver, Communications Chairperson for Cross of Hope Preschool Board of Directors, Class Ambassador and currently, Bookkeeper/Payroll Clerk.   

finance@crossofhope.org

Gretchen Comfort

Parish Nurse

“Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”  This has stuck with Gretchen many years and she hopes to keep doing for others whenever she is needed. Gretchen is a life long Lutheran and holds a diploma RN from Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She went back to school for a bachelor’s degree in 1988. Then in 2003, she attended Concordia University for a Faith Community Nurse certification. Her husband, David, changed careers following a heart transplant 16 years ago, and 13 years ago the couple moved to Albuquerque.  Gretchen says, “This is our forever home, and Cross of Hope is our forever church.”

Church Council

Cross of Hope’s church council is the elected governing body of the church.
Todd Bramley

Todd Bramley

Church Treasurer

Jane Fuller

Jane Fuller

Sam Jones

Sam Jones

Secretary

Nancy Lacher

Nancy Lacher

Vice President

Gavin Leach

Gavin Leach

Morgan Leach

Morgan Leach

Susan Mann-Biddison

Susan Mann-Biddison

Pat Benchik

Pat Benchik

President

To contact the Church Council President, please email cohcouncil@crossofhope.org

Get in touch with Cross of Hope

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Church: (505) 897-0047
Preschool: (505) 899-0928
Elementary: (505) 897-1832

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6104 Taylor Ranch Rd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87120

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