THE Staff of st. stephen's


  • john r. rech

    senior pastor

    Pastor John Rech and his wife Lindy have been living in the Albuquerque area since 2008. They have four children, seven grandchildren, and one dog. John is a graduate of Texas Tech University, Asbury Theological Seminary, and Perkins School of Theology. Lindy is a graduate of Grand Canyon University and is the Epic Manager for the Lovelace Hospitals in New Mexico. Some of John’s favorite outdoor activities are sailing, skiing, hiking, and golf.


    Phone: 293-9673, Ext. 103


  • Jesse dompreh

    associate pastor

    Born in Ghana, Jesse Dompreh has lived with his wife, Marsha, in Albuquerque for over 31 years. Jesse was ordained Itinerant Elder in 2004 by the African Methodist Episcopal Church and charged in 2006 to plant a mission church, Powerhouse Fellowship, in Rio Rancho. Jesse earned a BA in Economics from the University of Ghana, MA in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary where he is presently pursuing Doctoral studies in Ministry (D.MIN). Jesse also comes with extensive and diversified global business and cultural experience, respectively. He has served in leadership positions with various business and community organizations in New Mexico. Jesse is a board-certified chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains, a Chaplain with Presbyterian Hospital and a member of the Critical Incident Stress Management response team. Marsha is a retired HUD Administrator and currently a licensed team member at Dompreh Ins Agency. Jesse and Marsha have two children, Jessica and Matthew, who are in graduate schools out of state.   


    Phone: 293-9673, Ext. 106


  • JOHN MARRS

    DIRECTOR OF WORSHIP AND MUSIC MINISTRIES

    John is new to Albuquerque, having spent the last 11 years in music ministry in Houston, Texas. John is married to Mary, and they are proud parents of John and Maddy. John is a graduate of Boston's Berklee College of Music and has a Master's degree in church music from Concordia University Wisconsin. He has written music for film and television, as well as the church. His music has been placed in shows such as 20/20, World News Tonight, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and American Idol (just to name a few!). John enjoys cycling, kayaking, hiking, and exploring.


    Phone: 293-9673, Ext. 105


  • Bill HUntsman

    Financial Administrator

    Bill Huntsman was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM and graduated New Mexico State University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Accountancy degree. He spent 34 years with the Internal Revenue Service before retiring in 2014. Since then he has worked in public accounting preparing tax returns and representing clients in front of the IRS. He has also done contract forensic accounting work with another small firm in Albuquerque. Bill and his wife Lisa have been married for 5 ½ years and have four children, with the youngest one just beginning college this last year. Bill enjoys golfing and is currently the Boys Varsity Golf Coach at Hope Christian High School.


    Phone: 293-9673, Ext. 116

     

  • Holly KLEIN

    Office Manager

    Data and Communications Administrator

    Holly Klein came on staff 21 years ago as a member of the Administrative Staff. In March 2019 she celebrated her 21-year-anniversary as an employee of St. Stephen's United Methodist Church. She cherishes the daily opportunities to further the Kingdom of God through her work at St. Stephen's. She enjoys studying systematic theology, biblical hermeneutics, and books by favorite authors J.C. Ryle, James Montgomery Boice, CH Spurgeon, and John MacArthur. Holly and her husband Bill enjoy traveling, visiting various beaches and seaside resorts, taking Caribbean and Alaskan cruises, planning extensive road trips throughout the United States, trying new restaurants, hiking mountain trails, riding their bikes, attending concerts, playing with their three dogs, and spending time with their two grandchildren: six-year-old Bennett and two-year-old Chloe Lily. 


    Phone: 293-9673, Ext. 104


  • Martha benn

    Director of connectional Ministries

    Martha Benn grew up in Abernathy, Texas and graduated from Texas Tech University with a degree in Home Economics. She had a 30-year-career as an Executive Staff Member with the Girl Scouts. After retiring from the Girl Scouts, she moved to Albuquerque where she was a Facilitator and Director of Training for De La Porte & Associates, a family-owned Christian business for management training and development, serving the corporate and non-profit community. Benn currently serves on the Board of the local Council for Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails. She’s been a member of St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church since 1990 and is proud to call this church her home. Her leadership roles have included Chair of the Building Committee, Chair of Staff Parish Relations, Lay Leadership and Delegate to Annual Conference. She has served as a member of Leadership Council and as a Volunteer Coordinator of Small Groups, which is her passion. She currently is the Lead Facilitator and Curriculum Developer for Healthy Church Initiative in the New Mexico Annual Conference. Benn is active in volunteering for both the community and St. Stephen’s. Benn has had the opportunity to observe and work with leadership in all sectors; the church, non-profit, and corporate.


    Phone: 293-9673, Ext. 102


  • jo lynn anderson

    Director of Children and Youth Ministry

    Jo Lynne Anderson is originally from Waterloo, Iowa. She is a trained Registered Medical Assistant and a frequent volunteer at St. Stephen's, the APS schools, and the Girl Scouts. She has enjoyed traveling around the world as a military spouse, having recently lived in Bonn, Germany. Jo Lynne, along with her husband Jeff and daughters Jenna and Lauren, are excited and blessed to be a part of the SSUMC family! In her free time, Jo Lynne enjoys reading, cooking, baking, being outdoors, and playing with their new Labradoodle puppy Bailey!


    ~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.~ Jeremiah 29-11


    Phone: 293-9673, Ext. 125


  • scott summerhill

    Facility Manager

    Scott Summerhill joined the St. Stephen's staff as Facility Manager in 2013. He has 17 years experience in church facility management.


    Phone: 241-9916, 293-9673, Ext. 111



  • Terri Machin

    Director of Kids Under Construction, Inc. Preschool

    Terri Machin has been at Kids Under Construction since it opened in 1995. She believes God has called her into this ministry and is thankful for opportunities it has provided to be involved with the children that have attended KUCI over the years. Terri is married to Glenn and has three grown children, one daughter in law, one son-in law and two grandsons.


    Phone: 293-4448, 293-9673, Ext. 114



     

  • CHERYL RITSON

    Administrative assistant

    Cheryl Ritson was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She later moved to Albuquerque, NM to work for the newly opened County Line Restaurant, where she continued to work until receiving her A.A.S. in Accounting from Albuquerque T-VI, now known as CNM. From 1987 – 1995, she served in the 44th NM Army National Guard Band, and in the NM Air National Guard in the Traffic Management Office. She later received a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from The University of New Mexico, where she also worked as an administrative assistant and fiscal services tech for 15 years.


    She has attended St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church since 2005 when she first started volunteering for Solid Grounds, a vibrant, outreach ministry that she is still passionately involved with. She is also involved with the music ministries of the Sanctuary Sounds Handbell Choir, and with Third Chair, where she is inspired to play music that honors God, and enhances the worship experience. She recently joined the church’s AV ministry, and is still in the learning curve, as she continues to strive to reach the excellent standards established by Art and Kathy Hartman. She is thankful for the many opportunities to serve her church, the community, and her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


      

  • SUZANNE TAICHERT

    church pianist


  • SONDRA TOLLE


    church ORGANIST