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Erik Christensen was confirmed by the congregation at Hoffmantown Church on October 23, 2011 and assumed his role as Sr. Pastor on Sunday, October, 30, 2011. Erik was born on the mission field in Jos, Nigeria to David and Elsbeth Christensen. He attended Liberty University where he played baseball, was saved, and met and married Stephanie, the daughter of Wayne and Diana Barber. It was also at Liberty that Erik was called by the Lord to serve Him in the ministry. After earning a Biblical Studies degree, Erik began his ministry journey in TN where he served as a youth minister. He and Stephanie moved throughout the South until being called to serve as Senior Pastor at Poplar Springs Baptist Church in GA in 2002. During this time he was mentored by Dr. Spiros Zodhiates. In 2007 the Lord moved the Christensen family to Casa Grande, AZ where Erik served as Senior Pastor until receiving the call to Hoffmantown in 2010 as the Equipping and Associate Teaching Pastor. Erik and Stephanie have been married since 1992 and have 2 children, Hollen and Jonathan.
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Email: TimH@hoffmantown.org Tim Hale was raised in a mid-western farm community next to Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. He was raised in a Christian home by his parents, Johnny and Beth Hale; his wonderful Christian grandparents; and a strong, close-knit community. He came to know the Lord in his freshman year of high school through the influence of his college-age brother, who was involved with a Navigator ministry. After committing his life to Christ, Tim grew as a teen influenced by Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Immediately after college graduation in 1980, Tim and Jennifer married. Tim entered the Air Force. During his 28-year career, they raised three daughters, Jaime, Megan, and Ashley. They are now the THRILLED grandparents of 3 Blessings! Through the years, Tim served in numerous Bible study teaching and leadership roles through Officer’s Christian Fellowship, Base Chapel and community church. Tim was honored to be asked to serve as a Cadet Ministry leader while assigned to the US Air Force Academy. He was also chosen to serve on the Officer’s Christian Fellowship USA National Council (Board of Directors) from 2004 thru 2007. Jennifer and Tim moved to Albuquerque in 2008 after Air Force retirement and have attended Hoffmantown from the first week after moving here. Tim recently completed four years of public service as Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Department of Veterans Services. Through this assignment, and working with the Combat Trauma and Healing ministry at Hoffmantown, Tim has deepened his appreciation for the many needs of the Albuquerque, New Mexico, and national veteran and homeless communities.
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Darlene enjoys coming alongside leadership to assist in pointing kids of all ages to Christ. Darlene and her husband Michael enjoy spending their free time with their three boys Nathan, Andy and Nicholas as often as possible.
John Rupley joined Hoffmantown staff on March 20, 2017 as Director of Missions. John was born in North Platte, Nebraska to John (a Lutheran pastor) and Mary Rupley and was raised in a Christian home. John graduated from Texas A&M University in 1970 receiving a Bachelor of Architecture and immediately entered military service and is a Disabled Veteran. Upon returning to the States he became a registered Architect and Landscape Architect practicing in New Mexico and Texas, and attended UNM and received a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in 1983. John was constantly seeking the Lord’s will in his life but not finding the necessary mentorship/discipleship that would lead to a deeper knowledge of Christ. In 1987 John took a chance and attended a worship service at Hoffmantown Church’s current site and within weeks he responded to the altar call and surrendered his life to Christ and was baptized. John met his best friend Janet at work, and she started attending Hoffmantown and was baptized here as well. Within a few years, they were married at Hoffmantown and have been members ever since. John and Janet have been a part of wonderful K-Groups over the years and those relationships have sustained them through the smooth and rough spots. They have served together in many areas and continue to do so now. Both are members of the Gideons International, through which John was introduced to International Missions and served on 4 teams out of country and many within the US. Since the late 1990’s, John has heard God calling him into full time missions. God has provided him with many serving and leadership opportunities including Katrina, Uganda and Moldova as well as Southern Baptist Disaster Relief. It is God’s calling that opened the door for John to now serve as Director of Missions at Hoffmantown Church. John and Janet enjoy the company of three sons and two grandchildren.
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Susan was born and raised in Farwell, Texas and lived there until November, 2008 when she moved to Albuquerque. She has attended Hoffmantown since her move and has volunteered in several areas including leading a Precept class, substitute teaching a K-Group Class and various administrative and hospitality volunteer activities. Susan is mother to 3 children and doting grandmother of 9 – which keeps her busy! Prior to coming on staff at Hoffmantown, she worked the front desk position in dental offices for over 20 years. Susan considers it a blessing to work with Erik and the staff at Hoffmantown. Her passion is to know God our Father and His Word and to walk in a manner worthy of His calling.
Catrina joined the staff of Hoffmantown in 2012, after being active as a leader in Children’s and Women’s ministries for many years. In addition to her heart and love for women, Catrina and her family are involved in local and global missions. She is blessed to serve alongside her husband, Gregory and their children.
Emma was born and raised in Albuquerque and gave her heart to the Lord at a young age. However, it wasn’t until her teenage years that she learned what it means to lay her life down for Christ. She has been a member of Hoffmantown since 2014. She and her husband Jordan have a heart for ministry and are patiently waiting to see where to Lord will lead them. Emma is excited to serve alongside Pastor Gregory Elder in Adult Family Ministries and be a part of the Lord’s work in and through the adults of Hoffmantown Church.
Tabitha was born in Grand Junction, Colorado and has lived there most of her life. She came to know the Lord as her Savior at a young age, but did not take her walk seriously until her sophomore year in high school. Tabitha has been involved with the Navigators as well as Master Plan Ministries as a student leader when she was in college, and the Lord gave her a heart for the nations, as well as discipleship. Through ministry, Tabitha met her husband, Russell. She and her husband got married in 2016, and then Lord called them to Albuquerque the same year. They joined Hoffmantown Church in September, and enjoy joining the Church in pursuing Jesus Christ. It is their passion to reach their world for Christ.
Jennifer Lanam grew up in Louisiana and received her bachelor’s degree in Finance at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Eric, and four rambunctious teenagers, Justin, Callie, and twins Jack and Katie. The Lanams have been active at Hoffmantown since they moved here 12 years ago. The kids enjoy Student Ministry’s youth group on Wednesday nights, and Jennifer can be found playing with toddlers on Sunday mornings. Eric is known to many as the “Pinewood Grand Prix guy,” and the whole family enjoys snow skiing and water polo.
Sarah was born and raised here in Albuquerque. She learned who Christ is, learned to trust Him and gave Him her life all here at Hoffmantown as a kid in children’s and youth. She is now giving back to the ministry that gave so much to her. She wants to see children’s lives transformed just as hers has been. In her spare time she can be found sewing, reading, or hanging out with her family.
Heather was born and raised here in Albuquerque. Heather and her husband Doug have been married for 16 years. They have three boys, Jack, Cody and Jordan. She enjoys sharing the word of God with the children here at Hoffmantown Church.
Lara was born and raised in Albuquerque and has attended Hoffmantown most of her life. Before becoming elementary coordinator, she worked in child care for the women’s Bible studies and was the Hoffmantown MOPS preschool program director. She spends her away from church time with her husband Matt and three young children.
Sherry was a former Assistant Director at Garden City Community College’s pre-school for 5 years, and then for 15 years, worked at American Indian Christian Mission, where her and her husband Gene were house parents, teachers, and conducted a mobile bus ministry that would travel to the local Native American reservations and help host camps, VBS and spread the amazing Word of God to children of all ages. Before being hired as the Admin,, she taught 3 year olds at Kids Express during the 2012-13 school year. She’s been in Albuquerque since the Summer of 2012, and is a mother of 4, and a grandmother of 4.
Michelle grew up in Albuquerque. She attended Baylor University and came to Hoffmantown Church shortly after graduating from college. She has sung in the choir, taught parenting classes, volunteered in the children’s area, and taught home Bible studies. She met her husband, Sam, while they both were active in the “Young Adult Choir” when Hoffmantown was located on Wyoming Blvd. They were married at Hoffmantown and have raised their two children, Bobby and Adrienne, within the church. Michelle now serves the church as the Music Ministry administrative assistant.
Lyn served honorably in the US Air Force and served in Vietnam as a Security Policeman.
He and Gwen are members of the Christian Rods and Customs Car Club.
Lyn was ‘re-born’ in 1964. He serves as a Deacon, in the Home Bound ministry and is a Sunday morning greeter at Hoffmantown Church. “I am always amazed that the Lord lives in me and my daily prayer is ‘Lord, flow through me this day for the Glory of God’.
I am originally from the Lubbock, TX area. My husband and I, along with our two daughters, relocated to Albuquerque in the mid-sixties. This quickly became home. I attended Texas Tech, CNM and UNM working towards a certification in Human Resources. God blessed me throughout my career. I worked for 17 years for Amity Leather Products, then moved to Motorola (CTS) and retired from Thomas & Betts (Elastimold). I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior at the age of 16 and began teaching girl’s missions. I later taught Women’s Bible studies and enjoyed many years working in VBS. I have been blessed in many ways and have learned that God’ Grace is sufficient at all times.
Hannah was born and raised in New Mexico and has her degree in Education from UNM. She has been teaching for 3 years at Christian schools and her passion is to show kids Christ. She has attended Hoffmantown Church since 2010 and has been most involved in the Student Ministry. Hannah and her husband Nathan have been married since 2014.