Meet the Staff

The Very Rev. Christopher Adams, Rector:

Chris has been the rector of Trinity on the Hill since the summer of 2015, and Dean of the Northeast Deanery of the Diocese of the Rio Grande since early 2018. He is a native Texan, but came here after living in North Carolina for nearly 20 years.  He studied philosophy at East Carolina University, theology at Duke University Divinity School, and Anglican Studies at Virginia Theological Seminary. He is proud to be the husband of the wonderful Karen Proctor-Adams and the father of the totally awesome Jude.  He is passionate about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and cares greatly for the worship and liturgy of the Church. He enjoys reading, hiking, playing guitar, and anything related to superheroes! You can reach him at


Cynthia-fullCynthia Biddlecomb, Parish Administrator:

Cynthia Biddlecomb has served as our Parish Administrator since July of 2010. A “Minister of Word and Service” in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Cynthia has over 25 years of experience in Christian Education, Volunteer Coordination, Communications and support of Lay Ministries. She works at TOTH under a Call to Specialized Ministry from the Rocky Mountain Synod of the ELCA, having previously served in San Francisco CA, Willmar MN, Augsburg Fortress Publishers in Minneapolis, and Bethlehem Lutheran Church across town. You can reach her at




The Rev. Alicia Pope, Priest Associate for Healing and Intercession:

Mother Alicia Pope has lived in Los Alamos most of her life and attended Trinity on the Hill throughout her youth. She has been a priest at Trinity on the Hill since 2007. Her husband is Paul Pope, a scientist who works at Los Alamos National Laboratory. They have an eleven year old daughter and a six year old son. Mother Alicia works as an instructional assistant in the public schools. She has a passion to help people see their worth, value, identity, and purpose in Christ. She loves to preach at different denominations, pray with them, and participate in worship services. She is honored to be a part of the prayer team at the Northern New Mexico Revival Center prayer rooms that offer weekly prayer for physical, emotional, relationship, and spiritual needs. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, running long distance, cross fit, boot camp, listening to Christian music, dancing, watching movies, reading, studying theology, and prayerfully discerning the scriptures with God.



Claire Singleton, Office Assistant:

Claire Singleton has been worshipping at TOTH since coming to Los Alamos in 2000. In addition to serving as substitute office assistant, she prepares the weekly bulletins and sings in the Chancel and Evensong Choirs. She attends Women Alive in Mind, Body and Spirit on Tuesday mornings and has also served on many house-building mission teams in Juarez, Mexico. She is a licensed Lay Reader and Lay Eucharistic Minister. When not working for TOTH, she is a freelance translator of Dutch and French to English. She enjoys swimming, fitness classes, yoga, musical theatre, acting, Zumba, dancing with the Hill Stompers, and Sacred Harp singing.



valerie-headshotValerie Fassbender, Organist:

Valerie Fassbender has been a church organist since the age of 15. Before moving to Los Alamos in 1990, she served as organist at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, North Caldwell, NJ and organist/choirmaster at Resurrection Lutheran Church, Columbia, SC. In addition to her duties as organist at Trinity on the Hill, Valerie has also served as the director of the TOTH children’s choir. She is a member of the American Guild of Organists and past secretary of the Association of Lutheran Musicians. Valerie holds a BA in Chemistry and Biology from Boston University and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of South Carolina.




John Singleton, Youth and Evensong Choir Director:

John Singleton is a physicist who directs and accompanies the Youth and Evensong Choirs at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church. He has sung in church choirs since the age of six. Whilst living in Oxford, he had voice lessons with Bruce Russell (King’s Singers) and Rosemary Keavy and performed the tenor solos in Haendel’s Messaiah and several Bach Cantatas. After taking up the organ in his late twenties, he was organist and choir director at various small churches in the UK and the Netherlands.




Wendy Huff, Parish Sexton:

Wendy serves as the Parish Sexton, which means she keeps the facilities clean and in great working order. She has been a resident of Los Alamos since 1979, meaning she knows more secrets about the Secret City than most of the others on staff. She has two wonderful children, Michael and Jessica, and has recently become a grandmother to Aiden. She enjoys traveling around the country and the world, spending time with her family, and reading gripping mystery novels. She also serves as the Customer Service Manager at Smith’s.