Fred Gerlach

Pastor
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

Sue Nelson

Sue Nelson

Preschool & Kindergarten Director

Sue has been in the early childhood field since 1993, and in ministry since 1980. She spent 12 years in San Diego and moved to Phoenix in 2004. Her passion is to create an early love of learning in each child. She holds credentials as a Site Supervisor in Early Childhood and has been the director at Family of Christ since 2004.

snelson@focaz.org

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.

Karen Burge

Afternoon Front Desk Administrator

Preschool & Kindergarten Teachers and Assistants

Studies have shown that nothing impacts a student’s ability to learn, grow and achieve more than good teachers. This is precisely why we place such an importance on finding the best teachers possible. All of our preschool & kindergarten teachers have received training in early education, elementary education or other closely-related fields. We purposefully select those who have a “gift of teaching” which a certification does not always ensure.

2-Year-Old Preschool

Kim Keumja

Frog Class Lead

Erlinda Streeter

Linda Streeter

Frog Class Assistant

Linda has been a teacher’s aide for 9 years, and we have been blessed to have her for those 9 years. She lives in Maricpoa with her family. Her favorite Bible verse is Matthew 7:21: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”

Nancy Miller

Nancy Miller

Monkey Class Lead

Nancy has been teaching for 9 years, and we have been blessed to have her for those 9 years. She lives in Ahwatukee with her husband and dog. Her favorite Bible verse is Matthew 19:14: Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Tember Sarrol

Teacher Assistant Monkey Class

3-Year-Old Preschool

Jennylyn Amandy

Jennylyn Amandy

Eagle Class Lead

Jennylyn has been teaching for 9 years, and we have been blessed to have her for those 9 years. Her favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Susan Bass

Susie Bass

Monkey Class Assistant

Susie has been a teacher’s aide at Family of Christ for 1 year. She lives in Ahwatukee with her husband. Her favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13: I can do all this through [Christ] who gives me strength.


Jessica Mueller

Jessica Mueller

Lamb Class Lead

Jessica has been teaching for 13 years, and we have been blessed to have her for 6 years. She lives in Ahwatukee with her husband and two kids. Her favorite Bible verse is Romans 8:28: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Karen Salotti

Karen Salotti

Lamb Class Assistant

Karen has been a teacher’s aide for 30 years, and we have been blessed to have her for 20 years. She lives in Ahwatukee with her husband. Her favorite Bible verse is Matthew 19:14: Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Jacquie Daugherty

Jacquie Daugherty

Humming Bird Class Lead

Jacquie has been teaching for 10 years, and we have been blessed to have her for 1 year. She lives in Chandler with her husband and two kids. Her favorite Bible verses are Ps 103:5: [God] fills my life with good things! and Philippians 4:13: I can do all this through [Christ] who gives me strength.

Shelia Matson

Shelia Matson

Humming Bird Class Assistant

Shelia has been a teacher’s aide at Family of Christ for 1 year. She lives in Ahwatukee with her husband and three daughters. Her favorite Bible verse is Philippians 4:13: I can do all this through [Christ] who gives me strength.

Pre-K Enrichment Program

Denise Ryan

Panda Bears Class Lead

Ms Robin

Panda Bears Class-Assistant

Lena Long

Lions Class Lead

 

Lore Borras

Lions Class Assistant

Kindergarten

Karly Vega

Karly Vega

Coyote Class Lead

Karly has been teaching for 16 years, and we have been blessed to have her for 3 years. Her favorite Bible verse is Joshua 1:9: Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

Kelly Fink

Kid’s Club

Marcela Erramuzpe

Jackie Rae

Jackie Rae