Connect With Us

Join us as together we serve God and each other.

Check out how you can connect with the Christ Lutheran community. You are not alone. Join us as we “Share God’s Love and Grow Together in Christ”. We are an active congregation; caring for each other, serving the community and reaching out into the world.

Please see our Bulletin, Newsletter or Calendar for specific information about our Ministries or give us a call at 505-884-3876.

Bible Studies

Studying God’s Word is the foundation of our relationship with Him drawing us closer to Christ and equipping us to serve Him. You are welcome at any of our Bible studies.


Sunday Morning Adult 9:45a.m.

  • Pastor's
  • Women's
  • LifeLight
  • Younger Adults

Weekday Study Groups

  • Tuesday Morning Men’s – 6:00a.m.
  • Thursday Morning Adult – 9:30a.m.
  • Thursday Evening Bible Study – 7:00p.m. - 1st & 3rd Thursday
  • Women’s Guild Monthly Studies – 2nd Friday/4th Tuesday

Children's

We walk with you in equipping children to engage the world with Christ in their lives. Our Christian Day School, serving 2 year olds through 8th grade, Sunday School and Vacation Bible School are here to help you in that walk.


Youth

Our youth groups are a mixture of youth from the congregation, neighbors, school and friends of youth. We gather for fun nights, field trips, the chili cook-off, baseball games, bowling, concerts and more. Sometimes we just gather to hang-out.

We also attend youth conventions, have lock-ins and participate in service projects including supporting our Missions, helping the elderly and sending our love to our friends in college. We have lots of fun as we grow together in Jesus. We will have have even more fun when you join us!!!

  • CLY - Christ Lutheran High School Youth
  • JOY – Christ Lutheran Middle School Youth
  • Sunday School
  • Christ Lutheran School

Women

There are many opportunities for Bible study, fellowship and service activities. Women of all ages gather for topical Bible studies on Sunday mornings during the day (New Beginnings) and evening (Vespers). The Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML) supports missions throughout the world with prayer and funding. The Ladies Luau is a fun tropical event held in January.

  • Lutheran Women Missionary League / Women’s Guild
    • Vespers – 4th Tuesday of the month Bible Study
    • New Beginnings – 2nd Friday of the month Bible Study
  • Honors Circle – Monthly Lunch
  • Altar Guild
  • Annual Ladies Luau

Men

Join us for the Tuesday Men’s Bible Study starting bright and early at 6:00a.m. It's a great way to start the day. What is “Meat, Meat, and Meat”? Come and find out the last Sunday in January.

  • Tuesday Morning Bible Study – 6:00
  • Annual Meat, Meat, Meat

Seniors

Getting older but staying active. In addition to the many opportunities to serve God and your neighbor at Christ Lutheran the monthly Senior Fellowship Outings and Women’s Honor Circle Lunch offer opportunities to get to know others and have fun.

  • Senior Fellowship Monthly Outings
  • Honors Circle – Monthly Lunch

Music

Make a joyful noise unto The Lord! Music is an important part of our Ministry at Christ Lutheran Church and School. If you find joy in music and fellowship we invite you to be a part of one our many music groups including Choir, Bells, and our contemporary music group Joyful Noise.

We also have many occasions for special music including Spring Cantata’s, Concerts, Children’s Christmas Program and special ensembles. Our school offers music instruction for all children, with choir and band programs.

  • Joyful Noise Praise Band
  • Church Choir
  • Church Bell Choir
  • Children’s Christmas Program
  • School Band & Choir Concerts

Fellowship

Key to our Mission Statement “Sharing God’s Love with All of His Children While Growing Together in Christ” is “growing together in Christ”. Grow with us in Christ and participate in any of our many fellowship opportunities.

These include our weekly Wednesday Night Fellowship Meals where we socialize with our school families, friends and neighbors. Bunco Nights, Chili Cook-Off, Talent Show, Annual Church Picnic, Caroling, 4th of July Celebration, Ladies Luau, barbecues, movie nights, small groups, Book Club, Dinner Groups, and many other impromptu and planned celebrations happen throughout the year. All are welcome.

We invite you to participate in our many fellowship activities. Together we grow closer to Christ and each other. You are not alone.

  • Sunday Morning Fellowship
  • Book Club
  • Dinner Groups
  • Monthly Senior Fellowship Outings
  • Honors Circle – Monthly Lunch
  • Wednesday Fellowship Meals
  • Church & School Picnic
  • Bi-Annual Bunco Fun (The Game not the Swindle)
  • Chili Cook-off & Talent Show
  • Christmas Caroling
  • Garden Care
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • And Many More....
 

Meet our Staff

Neal Groeling

Pastor


There is little in life more rewarding than watching “the wheels turn” in someone’s mind though the learning process, or witnessing the “light come on” when a student finally understands the subject matter. Teaching people, both youth and adults is a great honor and a pleasure.

Teaching them the Holy Scriptures and the love of Jesus Christ is a passion! I haved served in the ordained ministry of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, for over 28 years. I graduated with an undergraduate degree from Concordia Teacher’s College(now Concordia University) in Seward, Nebraska, in 1983, and Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis, Missouri) in 1987 with a Master’s of Divinity. I have served congregations in Anchorage, Alaska (vicarage), Chesterfield, Missouri (field-work), Bovey, Minnesota (“Home of the Picture Grace”), Wyandotte, Michigan (“The Heart of Downriver”), Woodland Park, Colorado (the “City above the Clouds”), and now Albuquerque, New Mexico (I love Red and Green!).

In each place, I have witnessed the impact of the Gospel in the lives of God’s people. I have celebrated and mourned, and have been humbled by the overwhelming work of the Holy Spirit through the Word and through the Sacraments.

Here at Christ Lutheran, you are free to explore your faith, ask questions, and search for answers. I respect the variety of religious (and non-religious) backgrounds from which our students come. I help them understand what it means to be a believer, and facilitate their growth in the knowledge of what it means to put Christian faith into practice in their daily lives.

I believe teaching the faith is more than “memory work.” It is all about shaping lives and hearts to help their faith become Real, Relevant and Relational. It is about preparing them to live and walk in their faith wherever God leads them in life. To God Be the Glory!

Kimberly Rasmussen

Principal / Preschool Director


1 John 3:1 says, “See what love the Father has lavished on us that we should be called children of God, And that is what we are”; That makes us royalty!

I am incredibly blessed. I have had the honor of working in Lutheran schools for 29 years! I received my BA in Psychology and Early Childhood Education from Concordia University, in Irvine, California. I earned my Masters in Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood from Concordia University, St. Paul, Minnesota. I also have a second Masters degree from Western Governors University in Educational Leadership. I have a New Mexico level 3 teaching license for both Early Childhood Education and K-8th grade, as well as a Level 3 administrator's license.

I am married to Marty, a marriage and family therapist. I have two grown sons, two old cats, a lab mix named Miss Ruby Tuesday, and a beloved chihuahua named Skippy Jon Jones.

Colossians 3:17, “Whatever you do whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to the Father through Him.”; I firmly believe it is an honor to work with God’s children and their families and I’m grateful to be serving Christ at Christ Lutheran Church and School!

Julie Henderson

Pre-K Teacher / Bookkeeper



Proverbs 22:6
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

I have always had a love of learning and of serving the Lord. I am happy that I get to do both here at Christ Lutheran on a daily basis. There’s always such excitement when a child “gets it.” Realizing that we all learn in different ways, I like to incorporate a variety of activities and engage the different senses during our week. I also want each child to know that God made them special and will always love and care for them.

I have worked in the preschool and extended care programs at Christ Lutheran since 2013. I have also worked here as the bookkeeper since 2006. I have degrees from the University of Utah and Albuquerque TVI (now CNM).

I grew up in Utah and moved to Albuquerque with my husband David in 2002. He and I have two sons, Josh and Isaac, who attend Christ Lutheran School. Our family likes to hike, play tennis, and play board games in our free time.

Beth Shroff

Music & Choir


Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Psalm 100:2

I have been playing the piano since I was five years old. I grew up at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Nederland, Texas, and attended Trinity Lutheran School in Port Arthur, Texas, from Kindergarten thru 8th grade. Church organists and choir directors at both places were my mentors. They taught me to use my talents in service to our Lord from a very young age.

I went on to receive a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas. I met my husband Jerry there. We have two grown daughters and two wonderful sons-in-law.

I began working at Christ Lutheran Church and School in 1999. My responsibilities have expanded over the years. They now include planning the worship services, playing piano or organ for all worship services, directing adult choir, bell choir, and middle school choir, and teaching music to the elementary grades.

Music is a universal language! It is filled with emotion. It is an expression of our praise and thanks to God for all His love and faithfulness. It is a way we can proclaim the saving message of salvation through Jesus. I love teaching and sharing my love of music with all those worshiping and learning at Christ Lutheran Church and School!

Kristie Naber

Church Secretary


Being a church secretary was not on my radar of potential career paths growing up. I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology from Arizona State University in 2004, after that I took steps to become a strong applicant for dental school acceptance. My plan was to be a pediatric dentist. God had different plans for me.

Shortly after graduation I met Joel and less than 3 years later we were married. I have one step-son Micah, and two sons, Lucas and Caleb. We moved to Albuquerque in the summer of 2014 and Lucas began kindergarten here at Christ Lutheran. We immediately felt at home in the school and church, and became members of Christ Lutheran. Lucas and Caleb are both students here now.

Somewhere along that timeline of events God decided that being church secretary would be a great job for me and I completely agree! I have been the secretary here since the summer of 2017. I enjoy every part of this position, and I am so thankful to God for leading me here. My favorite things to do outside of my secretarial duties include: long distance running, reading, cooking and baking, and most importantly spending time with Joel and our boys.

“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” – Proverbs 19:21

Bruce Kirkpatrick

Congregation Custodian


I was born the year my dad graduated from the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. My family moved to New Mexico when I was four years old and I am the only member of my family that still resides here. I’ve lived in Roswell, Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and currently reside in Corrales.

I barter a portion of my rent helping to care for my landlady’s property which includes, among other things, looking after 4 goats, 13 chickens, 1 turkey, plus a neurotic chihuahua mix when my landlady travels. Additionally, I belong to one 14-year-old mutt cat named Jasmine.