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Heritage Leadership and Staff

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Pastor-Elders

Listed alphabetically. Learn more about our Plural Elders.

Richard Encinias
Pastor-Elder
Tim Maxwell
Pastor-Elder
Jeremy Menicucci
Pastor Elder
Shaan Sloan
Pastor-Elder
Terry Thomas
Pastor-Elder

Deacons

Kyle Bamberg
Deacon
Rick Bobbin
Deacon
Dennis Junick
Deacon
Dave Plugge
Deacon
Chris Rierson
Deacon

Staff

Allison Bamberg
Ministry Assistant
Karen Thomas
Office Manager
LuAnne Plugge
Ministry Assistant

Pastor-Elders

Listed alphabetically. Learn more about our Plural Elders.

Richard Encinias

Pastor-Elder

Pastor Richard and his wife, Suzy, have been attending Heritage Christian Fellowship since 2002. He has been serving as a Pastor/Elder since 2006. Pastor Richard and Suzy have been married since 1972 and have three married daughters, all following the Lord, and four grandsons and four granddaughters. Richard considers it a great privilege to serve the Lord and His sheep.

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 eight grandchildren.

Jeremy Menicucci

Pastor Elder

Pastor Jeremy leads the Means of Grace Youth and the College and Career ministries of Heritage Christian Fellowship. In addition to these ministries, he serves as a counselor, oversees Adventurers and Heritage IT. He has served as a Pastor in New Mexico since 2008. He is currently working on a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies with a Greek Language concentration from the University of New Mexico. Pastor Jeremy is married to Charissa and they have 3 young children.

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 for Fleetlogix as a driver. He oversees Home Fellowship, Missions, and Bible Study ministries and is the facilitator for the Pastor-Elder meetings. Terry and his wife, Karen, have been married 42 years; they have 3 children and 8 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.

Rick Bobbin

Deacon

Rick Bobbin became a Christian at the age of fourteen. He and his wife, Nancy, met while attending Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri, and have been married for over forty years. They have three children, Ryan, Jameson, and Kaitlyn, and have been at Heritage Christian Fellowship for the past eighteen years. Rick has been a deacon at Heritage since 2004.

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.

Dennis Junick

Deacon

Dennis Junick, along with his wife Melba, started attending Heritage Christian Fellowship in 2002. Dennis serves on the Men's Council and has been a Deacon since 2008.  They both have been blessed with the teachings from all of the Pastor-Elders and thoroughly enjoy their church family.

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

Allison Bamberg

Ministry Assistant

Allison has attended Heritage since 2004. She serves as the Ministry Assistant for the Youth and College and Career Ministries and enjoys teaching in Junior Kid’s church and Adventurers. Allison is currently finishing up her Bachelor’s Degree in English Studies with a minor in Communication at UNM.

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 8 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.

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.