Fred Gerlach

Pastor Fred Gerlach and Lenore grew up 20 miles northwest of New York City. They met while attending Pace University in Westchester, New York. Pastor Gerlach graduated from Pace in 1979 with a degree in Accounting and Lenore graduated in 1980 with a degree in Computer Science. Pastor Fred started his career on Wall St. with the investment banking firm Solomon Brothers, and worked 20 years in the financial services industry with various institutions. Lenore worked for the City of Yonkers and then Pepsi Bottling. They were married in September 1984 and have three daughters; Katrina, Veronica, and Emily.

Pastor Gerlach and Lenore were raised in the Roman Catholic faith and accepted into Immanuel Lutheran Church in Danbury Ct., in 1995 through adult confirmation. In September 2001, Pastor entered Concordia Seminary St. Louis and graduated in 2005 and was called to serve Bethany Lutheran Church in Trenton, New Jersey of the English District, and served there for 13 years. This congregation is a mission congregation of the English district because of its outreach to Liberian Refugees who were relocated to America because of a violent civil war. This ministry involved a great amount of human care and educating people in the Lutheran Christian faith. Pastor Gerlach also serves on the Endowment Board of the English district.

Call Pastor Fred at 480 759 4047

Betty Knight

Betty Knight

Business Administrator

Betty is from the Midwest and came to Arizona in 1989. She has an Associate Degree in Commercial Art from Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. Since coming to Arizona, she has worked in Business Administration, specializing in Human Resources, for America West Airlines and Avnet.

In 2004 she started at Family of Christ as a part-time Church Secretary and eventually moved to a full-time position as Business Administrator. Betty and her husband have been members of the congregation since 2000.

Inessa Leip Music DirectorInessa Leip

Music Director

Inessa is originally from the city of Kazan in Russia and came to the United States and Arizona sixteen years ago.  She has a bachelor’s degree in music and a master’s degree in  law from Kazan State University in Russia.

She has been working as a piano instructor for nineteen years  and joined Family of Christ in 2006 as Music Director.