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A faithful presence of love in the absences of our city.

Leadership

PASTOR 

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Justin Edgar

Justin came to our church as an apprentice for church planting with the hopes of starting a church in Albuquerque within two years. However, our church went through a time of transition as God called our founding pastor, Mike McLaughlin, home to Missouri. Justin has served as our Lead Pastor since his election during the Fall of 2013. Justin and his wife Danette are from Albuquerque, and they have five children, Jedidiah, Blakley, Jadyn, Judson, and Deacon. We are thankful for Justin and his family, and the way God has used them to lead our church. 

WORSHIP DIRECTOR

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Brian Whippo 

Brian has been serving as Worship Director since August 2013 and as a deacon since July 2014. He and his wife Rachel have been married since May 2014 and have one son named Augustine. Brian is currently in school to become a Physician's Assistant and also works as a paramedic. 

DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION

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Taeler Larsen

Taeler moved to Albuquerque in November of 2017 and started working at City Presbyterian in July of 2018. She is originally from Los Angeles but moved to Albuquerque from San Antonio, Texas where she was an RUF Intern for two years. In addition to her role at the church, she also enjoys teaching yoga, reading, and hiking with her husband Cole.

 

ELDERS

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Arlen Biersgreen

Arlen is a native Santa Fean who made his way to Albuquerque after living in Washington State and Texas for several years. He and his wife, Elizabeth, found City Presbyterian in 2013 and joined as members in 2014. It is a new experience for both of them to be part of a small congregation/large denomination family, and they have enjoyed learning the joys and challenges that come with both of those aspects of the church identity. Arlen served as a deacon prior to becoming a church elder in August of 2016. 

 

Daniel Gettemy 

Daniel's family includes his wife Karen, his daughter Sameayah, and Bella (their golden retriever). Daniel and Karen found City Pres online. Daniel church-shopped via the internet from Washington State in the months prior to moving to Albuquerque. City Pres was the first church on their list to visit. They visited, and then never went anywhere else. The liturgy, the preaching, the people; they really had a sense of God working in and through this congregation and wanted to stay and be a part of it!

Daniel loves that our church has a heart to serve our city and see our neighbors flourish to the glory of God. Each week we receive the call to go out and serve our neighbors in our daily lives and vocations. Daniel is excited that we’re learning how to do that and look forward to seeing how God intends to use our church in the future!

 

Charlie Bursi

Charlie was born in Memphis, Tennessee.  He grew up in an Audubon Park neighborhood, just a short walk away from where Elvis Presley lived prior to Graceland. Charlie was married to Teresa for forty years when the Lord called her home to glory.  He has three amazing daughters, three wonderful sons-in-law, and has been blessed with six grandchildren. Charlie and his family moved to the metro Atlanta area in 1991, where he finished his career in Information Technology and Consulting.  Charlie served as a ruling elder at Midway Presbyterian Church and on the Northwest Georgia Presbytery Ordination Committee.  He moved to Albuquerque in 2016 and joined City Pres in 2017.    

Charlie is an avid University of Tennessee sports fanatic. He enjoys Memphis style barbecue, green chiles on hamburgers, watching Everybody Loves Raymond, and spending time with his grandchildren. 

 

Brian Byers

Brian's Family includes his wife Daniela, and his children Emery (EJ), Anika, and Sabina. Brian works as a web designer and developer but his dream job is to lounge by the pool/beach or to be a full-time artist. Brian and his family found City Pres in 2004 on the invite from some good friends when it was just tiny church plant with a whopping 15 people. He loves the teaching, and knowing that he can count on the hearing Gospel every week. He also loves the focus on community and making the love of Christ known in our city. The future is bright with a body of believers maturing in Christ who love each other and their neighbors boldly for the sake of Christ.

 

  

DEACON TEAM 

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Stephen Siebert

Stephen and his wife Bronwyn have been a part of City Presbyterian since July 2013. They have one daughter, Lucy and are expecting another child, Henry, in August. Stephen was raised in Phoenix, Arizona but fell in love with New Mexico when he attended college at UNM. Stephen is a paramedic/firefighter for the city of Albuquerque. In his free time he enjoys woodworking, being outdoors and playing with their dog Molly.

 

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Bronwyn Siebert

Bronwyn and her husband Stephen attended City Presbyterian their first weekend after moving to Albuquerque and loved it so much they have been going ever since. Bronwyn graduated from New Mexico State University in 2014 and married Stephen a month later. Bronwyn is a stay-at-home mom to Lucy and soon to arrive, Henry. She loves investing in others by grabbing a cup of coffee, exploring the city, and welcoming people into her home.

 

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Cole Larsen

Cole grew up in the Deep South, and eventually traded his humid roots for the arid, high desert climate of New Mexico where he came to complete a pharmacy residency at UNMH. After a brief stent in San Antonio, TX where he met his wife. Taeler and Cole returned to the Land of Enchantment, and enjoy living life alongside the community at City Pres ABQ.

 

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Carissa Van der Woude

Carissa has been a part of City Pres since 2015 and joined the deacon team in 2017. Originally from the Chicagoland area, she has lived in Albuquerque for the past few years with her husband, Joel, and their four fluffy animals.  Before venturing to this desert realm, she worked in AmeriCorps at a homeless shelter and later moved to Detroit to work as a community organizer.  Now, she serves the community by helping patients with cataracts and loves all the adventurous things to do in Albuquerque. Even though Carissa and Joel don’t have family in the area, they are blessed to have City Pres as their church family.