Meet the Staff

chrisThe Rev. Christopher Adams, Rector:

Fr. Christopher has been the rector of Trinity on the Hill since the summer of 2015.  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 cadams@latoth.org.

 

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 cynthiab@latoth.org.

 

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The Rev. Louise Weiss, Priest Associate for Interpersonal Ministry:

Mother Louise, her husband Doug and their son moved to New Mexico in 1978. She was confirmed into the Episcopal Church at Trinity on the Hill in 1992. That year Louise became involved in the Healing Ministry, and in 1994, she became convener of the Los Alamos Chapter of the Order of St. Luke. Louise served for three years on the Region VII Council of the Order, and was elected to the North American Board of Directors of the Order in 2000, for a term until 2003. In 2004 she was appointed Executive Assistant to the North American Director, a position she held until 2011. She entered the process for ordination in 2003, and was ordained in 2008. She served as Northeast Dean of the Diocese from 2012 until 2015, and on the Disciplinary Board of the Diocese for one year starting in 2015.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Joe has directed the Chancel Choir since 1991, when he, his wife Ruth, and their two sons John and Tim moved to Los Alamos. Before moving to Los Alamos from Dallas, Texas, Joe had produced radio commercials and was working as a freelance arranger for Hal Leonard Corporation. He now arranges print music for many Billboard charting pop artists. He has also written many sacred choral anthems for the Chancel Choir, most of which have been published by major American publishers and are used in English speaking churches worldwide. His settings of the Rite I service music, used often at Trinity on the Hill during Lent, were used at the 75th General Convention of the ECUSA, the year Katharine Jefferts Schori was elected the 26th Bishop of the Episcopal Church. Joe also publishes piano music on SheetMusicPlus and teaches 26 piano students per week.

 

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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.