Meet the Staff

The Rev. Christopher Adams, Rector

Chris 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. Currently, he’s studying for a MA in Philosophy through Staffordshire University. He is proud to be the father of the totally awesome Jude, with whom he hikes and plays video games whenever they get the change. He is passionate about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the call to transform the world for the kingdom of God. He enjoys reading, hiking, playing guitar, and anything related to Star Wars and Marvel Comics! You can reach him at

Cynthia 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. Laurie Triplett, Priest Associate

Laurie grew up as a unchurched non believer who valued science above all. She got her PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and has worked full time at Los Alamos National Lab for over 22 years. Along the way, she encountered the Holy Trinity. She still doesn’t believe in the God she didn’t believe in her youth, but finally met the God she had always sought. Trinity on the Hill supported her in becoming a bi-vocational priest and getting her M.Div at Episcopal Divinity School. She was ordained a priest in 2017 and works part time at the church. Her passion is meeting people where they are and journeying with them to discover the Holy Trinity, their passions, and their unique spiritual gifts. This includes supporting Social Justice to see the world through the eyes of others. Currently, she is using those passions to help lead Sunday School for the older youth and a Social Justice discussion group for adults. She is supported in her life and ministry by her husband Richard and two kids Genevieve and Jonathan. They refresh her and surprise her with their insights and they are just plain fun to be around. You can reach her at

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 Choir. 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 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.

Nelly Case, Choirmaster

Dr. Nelly Maude Case joined the staff in the late summer of 2018. As a fourth generation professional church musician, she has over 35 years of experience altogether as organist, vocal choir director, and handbell choir director at Episcopal, Congregational, and Unitarian churches in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York. She also taught for 25 years in the Theory, History, and Composition Dept. at the Crane School of Music of the State University of New York in Potsdam. She and her husband, Dr. Stephen Ledoux, retired to Los Alamos in July of 2016. They have two grown children—daughter Susannah in Boston and son Miles, who resides here now, too. Since her retirement to New Mexico Nelly has kept active musically as a violist in the Roswell Symphony Orchestra and by substituting on the organ and piano at Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church and the Los Alamos Unitarian Church. In addition to playing the violin in the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra, she was elected to the Board of LASO this spring and is a member of the recorder group at the Senior Center.

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.

Wendy Strain, Nursery Superintendent

I recently retired from the Los Alamos Police Department after 30 plus years as a 911 dispatcher. My family moved to Los Alamos 14 years ago from Jemez Springs where I was involved in the nursery and Children’s Choir at the Presbyterian Church. There are many things about this church that moved me to not only attend but apply for the Nursery Superintendent position. I love children and love the opportunity to be a part of the TOTH ministry. My husband, Anthony is a Project Manager for Los Alamos County and we have one son, Ryan who is a certified diesel mechanic.