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Heritage Leadership and Staff

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Pastor-Elders

Listed alphabetically. Learn more about our Plural Elders.

Benjamin Gonzalez
Pastor-Elder
Jeff Katt
Pastor-Elder
Tim Maxwell
Pastor-Elder
Shaan Sloan
Pastor-Elder
Terry Thomas
Pastor-Elder

Deacons

Kyle Bamberg
Deacon
Dave Plugge
Deacon
Chris Rierson
Deacon

Staff

Carlos Baca
Minister of Music
Greg Ferreri
Youth Pastor
Allison Payton
Ministry Assistant
LuAnne Plugge
Ministry Assistant
Karen Thomas
Office Manager

Pastor-Elders

Listed alphabetically. Learn more about our Plural Elders.

Benjamin Gonzalez

Pastor-Elder

Pastor Ben was ordained as a Pastor-Elder at Heritage Christian Fellowship in June of 2019. He serves as the pastor to the college and young adults group which meets on Friday evenings and Sunday mornings between the 1st and 2nd services. He and his wife, Anna, have been members at Heritage for over ten years and actually met in the youth group. They have been married for 6 years and have been blessed with an infant son, Makana. Ben has a B.S. from the Master’s University and D.P.T. from the University of New Mexico. Ben and his family desire to see Christ exalted through His church and they long for the members of Christ’s church to grow in their joy, love and devotion to Him. 

Jeff Katt

Pastor-Elder

Pastor Jeff was ordained as a Pastor-Elder of Heritage in August of 2019.  He loves to teach and preach God’s word.  Jeff has a heart for evangelism and helping others share the gospel. He is currently enrolled at the Masters University online working on a masters degree in biblical theology.  He and his wife Kendra have been married for 22 years and have two daughters.

Tim Maxwell

Pastor-Elder

Pastor Tim ministers at Heritage Christian Fellowship as a Pastor-Elder. He has served as a pastor for over forty years and finds it a profound privilege to teach God’s Word to God’s people. In the spring of 1997, Heritage Christian Fellowship asked him to pastor the newly formed congregation. He has served as a Pastor-Elder at Heritage since its inception, teaching on Sunday mornings during the first and second worship services and on Wednesday evenings at the Adult Bible Study. He oversees a variety of ministries. He and his wife, Cindy, have been married for over thirty-nine years and have four daughters, four sons-in-law, and ten grandchildren.

Shaan Sloan

Pastor-Elder

Pastor Shaan has been a Pastor-Elder at Heritage since 1998. He oversees the Discipleship Ministry and teaches the Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study Class and Tuesday Men’s Theology. He and his wife, Maxine, have been at Heritage since its inception and long to see the church body loving God with all their being and loving their neighbor as themselves.

Terry Thomas

Pastor-Elder

Pastor Terry has been a lay Pastor-Elder since 2010. He is retired and works part-time at Heritage doing janitorial work.  He oversees Home Fellowships, Missions, and Bible Study ministries and is the facilitator for the Pastor-Elder meetings. Terry and his wife, Karen, have been married 44 years; they have 3 children and 9 grandchildren and have attended Heritage since 2004. He has a BA in Theology and Church Education and a M.Div. degree.

Deacons

Kyle Bamberg

Deacon

Kyle Bamberg has been a deacon at Heritage since 2008. His deacon oversight includes the ushers and the benevolence ministry. He serves on the Adventurers Council, teaches in Adventurers on Wednesday nights, and leads a Home Fellowship group. He and his wife Sydni, along with their four children, have attended Heritage since 2004.  

Larry Belcheff

Deacon

Larry Belcheff has been a deacon at Heritage since 2002. He primarily oversees the areas of finances and the benevolence ministry. He also serves as the deacon contact for the missions ministry.

Greg Christiansen

Deacon

Greg Christiansen has been a deacon at Heritage Christian Fellowship since 2002. His primary responsibilities are in the areas of finances and policies and procedures. He is also a point of contact for issues concerning the Children's Church facilities.

Richard Collier

Deacon

Richard Collier has been a deacon at Heritage Christian Fellowship since 2006. He has served on the Adventurers Council, has been a teacher in that ministry and substitute teacher in Sunday School, and is involved in the Music Ministry, playing bass guitar.  As a deacon, his primary responsibilities are over the benevolence ministry, the church’s policies and procedures, and the Music and Sound ministry.

Dave Plugge

Deacon

Dave Plugge has been attending Heritage Christian Fellowship since 2006 and has been a deacon since 2008.  As part of the Deacons ministry, he oversees Heritage IT and the ushers. He is married to LuAnne and they have a grown son, Matthew.

Chris Rierson

Deacon

Chris Rierson and his wife, Gayle, have been attending Heritage Christian Fellowship since 2002. Chris serves on the Men’s Ministry Council and has been a Deacon since 2008. They have three grown children, Luccas, Christopher, and Katie.

Staff

Carlos Baca

Minister of Music

Carlos was hired as the Minister of Music at Heritage in August of 2019. As Minister of Music, Carlos leads the music during the Sunday and Wednesday services as well as on Friday nights for the Youth and Young Adult groups. He and his wife, Virginia, have attended Heritage since June of 2019 and have been married for a year and a half. Carlos studied Music Education at the University of New Mexico. Throughout his time there, he was blessed to learn over 8 different instruments. Carlos has his own private clinic of voice, guitar, and piano students that he also teaches throughout the week. He and his wife long to glorify God through meaningful expression of worship through song and prayer and desire to lead the family at Heritage into that same experience each Sunday.

Greg Ferreri

Youth Pastor

Greg and his wife Danielle have been attending Heritage since 2004 and both came to saving faith in Christ while hearing the book of James being preached there.  They have been married since 1999 and have 3 sons, who have grown up attending Heritage.  Greg was born and raised in Albuquerque, and he and his family have lived here ever since, with a five year stop in Florida.  Greg has been in the construction industry since 1991 and recently left to take on the role of Youth Pastor at Heritage.  He desires to see Christ and His Word exalted and for God’s people to understand and apply the truths of the Gospel to their lives for their good and to the praise of God’s glory.

Allison Payton

Ministry Assistant

Allison has attended Heritage since 2004. She serves as the Ministry Assistant for the Youth and College and Young Adult Ministries and enjoys teaching in Junior Kid’s church and Adventurers. Allison graduated from the University of New Mexico with her Bachelor’s Degree in English Studies and Communication. She is recently married to her husband, Jordan. 

LuAnne Plugge

Ministry Assistant

LuAnne Plugge has been attending Heritage Christian Fellowship since 2006, and became the Ministry Assistant in 2015 where she enjoys serving the Lord in whatever way needed.   She has been married to her best friend, Dave, for over 30 years, and the Lord blessed them with the gift of a son, Matthew, whom she had the privilege of homeschooling through high school. God has used Heritage to teach her a high view of Him enabling great growth in her Christian walk, and she considers it a wonderful blessing to work at Heritage.

Karen Thomas

Office Manager

Karen Thomas is the office manager and bookkeeper and has been employed at Heritage since 2006. She and her husband, Terry, have attended Heritage since 2004. They have 3 grown children and 9 grandchildren. Karen loves to provide meals to those in need. She enjoys her job at Heritage and is very thankful for the opportunity to serve there.