Meet Our Elders – Click Name To Expand
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.
Kim S. Crissman Kim was born again April 3, 1975 and baptized on June 8, 1975. He and his wife, Gwen, have been married over 30 years. Kim has served over 30+ years at Hoffmantown Church, as a deacon, a teacher and helped establish discipleship ministries. He currently serves as an adult K-Group and D-Group teacher. Kim considers his calling as an elder to be an appointment from God and he believes an elder is primarily responsible for seeking God’s will for the church through prayer and the Word. Kim’s desire is to be a shepherd who is always sensitive and submissive to God, knowing that elders will be held accountable for their attitudes and actions as they serve Him.
Wayne ByrdWayne accepted Christ at the age of seven in a small town Southern Baptist church in Vernon, Texas where he was baptized on March 8, 1959. He fell in love with and married a hometown girl, Debra, on June 15, 1973 while still attending college at Texas A&M University. After graduating with a Master of Science degree in Sociology, he taught at Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State) in San Marcos, Texas until 1978 when he and Debra returned to their hometown of Vernon to begin a career in the insurance industry. In 1990, that career brought them to Albuquerque and they immediately joined Hoffmantown Church and have attended ever since. They have raised three wonderful children here – Amy, Chris and Taylor, who are all serving the Lord in their church families. In addition, they have acquired a son-in-law, Kenny Grebe, and daughter-in-law, Courtney (Speakman) who also love and serve the Lord. They have been blessed with seven beautiful grandchildren and feel very fortunate to have all of them living right here in Albuquerque. Wayne currently serves as a deacon, leader of a men’s Bible Study/Prayer group, member of the Men’s Ministry Council and, with Debra, as directors of the Masten K-Group where they have served since 1991 and where he also serves as substitute teacher. Wayne and Debra both love Hoffmantown and the people who are the church and have grown tremendously under the wonderful teaching of His amazing Grace.
Bill is currently serving as the Adult K-Group Teaching Coordinator and is also an Adult K-Group teacher. He and his wife Katie have been married for 52 year and have 3 adult children. Bill is retired from Sandia National Laboratories and also held teaching and administration positions at Trinity Southwestern University. Other interests that Bill has are his grandchildren, most sports, Science vs. Faith, education, books and methods of teaching.
After my father died I was pretty much of a Dennis the Menace getting into daily fistfights with my brother. One day as I passed through the house my frustrated mother asked me if I had ever accepted Christ as my Savior. Hmm, I thought. I knew what I must do. I had been taught throughout my childhood by both my parents and my Sunday School teachers. But I had never declared my personal need for a Savior and my belief in Him. I went out right after that and in the pasture behind our house as the sun was setting I gave my heart to Him acknowledging I was a sinner and needed Him as my Savior. Over the years I have studied, listened, learned, surrendered, and pursued the knowledge of Him, seeking to love Him with my heart, my soul, and my mind. I am on a walk with my Father pressing on to the upward prize of the call of Jesus Christ. He has continually pulled me into teaching roles that require I study the Word so that in desiring to present the truth I might know Him. I am His and He is mine. He is my Lord and my King. May He rule in His kingdom within my heart and may only His will be done through my life. As Paul said, “I count all things but rubbish that I might know Him.”
Meet Our Pastors – Click Name To Expand
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.
Meet Our Directors – Click Name To Expand
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.
Meet Our Staff – Click Name To Expand
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.
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.
Morgan was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She grew up in a Christian household but began taking her faith seriously upon entering high school her Freshman year at Hope Christian School. Morgan learned during her senior internship at Presbyterian Hospital that she desired to serve others which led her to study Criminology and Psychology. She graduated from the University of New Mexico. She spent two years working with at risk youth at the Bernalillo County Detention Center and then another two years working under the Attorney General’s Office in the Child Support Enforcement Division. In both areas of work, she was able to share the love of our Savior Jesus Christ with those who were going through a difficult time. It is working with these groups of people that the Lord gave her a heart for discipleship.
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.
Megan moved to Albuquerque in 2009, not long after her dad retired from the Air Force and took a job here in New Mexico. She got her first taste of ministry working with the youth at the church she attended while at Florida State. While the bulk of her ministry experience is with 6th grade through college, for the past three years, Megan has served as a Children’s Leader for BSF here at Hoffmantown. Being called to children’s ministry has been an incredible adventure and Megan has enjoyed every minute of it. In her free time, Megan can be found reading, singing with the Worship Choir/Praise Team, and enjoying her family.
Amber grew up in Albuquerque and started attending Hoffmantown Church in high school. She met her husband, John, here at Hoffmantown in a K-group. They have 4 kids, 3 boys and 1 girl. Amber loves children and teaching them about how much God loves them and about their Savior, Jesus.
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.
Drew was born in Maryland, and at the age of 12, moved to Pennsylvania, where he met and later married his wife Dara. After graduating from Word of Life Bible Institute in 2011, he and his wife moved back to PA, where he started his own videography business, and became active serving in their local church. Drew realized that God was calling him to use his talents with video and media for something greater than himself, and in January of 2015, God led him and his family across the country for Drew to join the staff at Hoffmantown as the Media Coordinator. Drew enjoys being with his wife and three children, as well as spending time outside in God’s beautiful creation.
Sarah was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She attended a Christian school from elementary to high school but was not saved until her second year of college. Sarah also serves in the student ministry at Hoffmantown and is involved with the college ministry. She is currently studying Psychology and Criminology at the University of New Mexico and plans to graduate in May 2019. She feels a call to Biblical counseling and will follow the Lord where He leads her to pursue a career in this field.
Kathi and her husband of 26 years (Roger) recently moved back to Albuquerque after a 22-year sojourn to Southern New Mexico and West Texas.
Kathi is an Albuquerque native who attended the University of New Mexico after graduation from Sandia High School. Following in her father’s footsteps, Kathi embarked on a career in banking and finance spanning 32 years, working her way up to Vice President of Commercial Loans at a successful community bank. During this time period, Kathi was encouraged to work in the community where she served on the boards of non-profit organizations including finance and stewardship committees at various churches, United Way, Character Counts! In Lea County, Habitat for Humanity, the Tour of Habitats & CASAs, and the international organization, PEO.
Prior to their move back to Albuquerque, Kathi served with the Consumer Price Index for the Federal government in Midland-Odessa. In Midland Texas, Roger and Kathi, through their small group at church, became part of the Southwest Texas Prison Ministry (Reconcilers). This ministry consists of entering certain Texas State prisons 5 times a year for 3-day weekends filled with prayer, food, music, testimonies, and leading “brothers in white” to Christ. After their transition back to Albuquerque Kathi realized the Lord was calling her to a deeper walk, and waited for three years for His leading.
She most recently has worked in the accounting department at Quality by Di Lorenzo, however, Kathi’s love for the Lord, and music, made the decision to come to Hoffmantown an easy one. She is now serving as Administrative Assistant in the Music & Worship Ministry department.
John Biggs provides technical support for computer hardware and software, the phone system, and the computer network. He’s worked at Hoffmantown since 2003, and his connection to Hoffmantown goes all the way back to 1977 (interrupted by times of living in other states). John is married and has three wonderful children, a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law, and four grandchildren.
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.