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.
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 they have one son named Augustine. Brian also works as an Emergency Medicine PA at UNMH.
DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATION
Bronwyn is the Director of Administration at City Pres. 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 Henry. She loves investing in others by grabbing a cup of coffee, exploring the city, and welcoming people into her home.
Event and Ministry Coordinator
Emily is the Events Coordinator and Ministry Team Director. Emily, and her husband, Josh Spare, came to City Pres in the fall of 2014 after moving back to Albuquerque from a year abroad in the UK. Josh and Emily longed to be in a small, loving community of believers, and instantly found that through City Pres. Emily attended the University of New Mexico and earned her degree in Fine Arts. She now works as an art teacher at Hope Christian High School in the northeast part of Albuquerque. Besides planning big events and teaching art, Emily loves spending time with her 2-year-old son, Emerson, and will always show up for a good latte.
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.
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'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.
Josh moved to Albuquerque to attend the University of New Mexico in 2009, during which time he met Emily, who became his wife in 2013. After spending a year in the UK, Josh and Emily returned to Albuquerque in 2014, attended City Pres for the first time, and fell in love with the church because of the close-knit community and plentiful opportunities to serve the church! Josh and Emily have one son, with another due in March 2020. Josh works in residential real estate in the greater Albuquerque area, and in his free time, he enjoys reading philosophy and theology, drinking delicious coffee, hiking and skiing, and trying his hand at wood-working.
Jeremy and his family (Kara -wife, Claire, Grant) moved to Albuquerque from Atlanta in 2015 and settled at City Pres after 3 months of church shopping. They were attracted to helping a (at the time) small but thriving and growing community of Christians and have enjoyed meeting all the new people God has brought into our church since then.
Jeremy, along with Kara, started a business in 2018 performing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) consulting. This has been a great experience demanding both personal growth as well as reliance on God to bring opportunities and help at the right time. In his spare time Jeremy enjoys reading, crossfit, and skiing.
Stephen and his wife Bronwyn have been a part of City Presbyterian since July 2013. They have two children. 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.
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.
Chelsea grew up in East Texas then attended Texas Tech University where she became involved in Reformed University Fellowship (RUF), the campus ministry of the PCA. After graduating she spent three years as an intern with RUF ministering to students on the campus of New Mexico State University. During that time she married Josh, who also worked as an RUF intern at NMSU. After working for RUF Chelsea worked as a teacher and coach while Josh attended law school at Texas Tech. They moved to Albuquerque in 2011. Chelsea is now a stay at home mom. She and Josh have three children, Jack, Maggie, and Max. Chelsea loves spending time in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico with friends and family and she’s always up for hanging out and getting to know new people.