LA MESA STAFF
Pastor - Rev. Trey Hammond
Pastor - Rev. Trey Hammond
The Rev. Trey Hammond has been senior pastor since 1999. He previously served for as the coordinator for the Urban Ministry Office on national staff of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Prior to that he served three different congregations in Dallas, Texas.
He graduated from McCormick Theological Seminary and was ordained in 1981. His work has focused on helping congregations in multicultural settings relate to their community and work on issues of hunger, homelessness, poverty, public education, affordable housing, and community organizing.
Locally, Trey was the founding board president of the Albuquerque Opportunity Center, a men's shelter that opened in 2004. The organization now coordinates a citywide homeless initiative called Albuquerque Heading Home.
He also works with the Presbyterian Hunger Program as a liaison to community organizing efforts nationally and has served as a co-chair of Albuquerque Interfaith for 15 years.
Trey received the Distinguished Alumni Award from McCormick Theological Seminary in 2015 for his work in "prophetic justice."
Office Manager - Patty Davison
Patty Davison has been the office manager at La Mesa since 1997. She is a graduate of Wheaton College (Illinois) and Fuller Theological Seminary. She has two grown children and a Turkish Angora cat.
Organist/Choir Director - Fred Graham
Fred has a Masters in Sacred Music from the Boston University School of Theology where he did an applied study in both voice and organ. With over twenty-eight years of professional church music experience, Fred has had the opportunity to participate in many different styles of worship, music and leadership. He has directed district honor choirs, led church music workshops and church art festivals, and performed many concerts as conductor, soloist, or ensemble member. He had served as organist/choir director in both Protestant and Catholic churches before coming to La Mesa in 2017.
Child Care Coordinator - Debbie Florez
Debbie Florez is a member of the congregation, mother to Delilah and Selena Archuleta, and has three grand-children - Tishara, Kelly, and Ethan - who are all active in the life of the church. She has been the child care provider/coordinator since 2008. She also works as a Toddler 1 Teacher at Alvarado Day School.
Bookkeeper - Meghan Cross
Meghan has served as La Mesa's bookkeeper since 2006. For nearly twenty years, she has provided administrative and accounting support to a variety of entities. In addition, she is a Certified Financial Social Work Educator, taking her love of numbers into her financial well-being small business.
She and her partner, Justin, are parents to their two young children, spending time working, playing, traveling, hiking, and dancing through life.
Facilities Manager - Ken Morgan
Ken was born in Salina, Kansas and is a third generation Presbyterian. He served in the Air Force, stationed in Japan, for four years as a radar technician, before attending Kansas State University and receiving a Engineering Associates degree in electronics. He worked at Sandia Labs in the weapons development area until 1985. He joined the congregation in 1997 and has been on the staff since 2008.
His work at La Mesa with the community has deepened his concern for the plight of immigrant, Native American, low-income, and special needs persons. He is very interested in seeing progressive government policies and non-governmental social organizations help create practical, if not radical, solutions for people seeking a better life.
Pastor Emeritus - Rev. Howard Paul
The Rev. Howard Paul has been Pastor Emeritus since 2001. He served as pastor at La Mesa from 1979 to 1994. He attended seminary at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Virginia and was ordained in 1954. He served churches in South Carolina; Washington, D.C.; Richmond, Virginia;Bogota, Colombia; and was an administrator and teacher at Menaul School in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
He served as moderator of the Presbytery of Santa Fe, he served on the board of Montreat Presbyterian Conference Center, provided leadership for the New Mexico Conference of Churches, and was a founding member of the Cuba Connection, a partnership with the Presbyterian Church in Cuba. During his tenure at La Mesa he helped guide the church through a major expansion of the building to better serve the church and community. His interest include church unity, global and urban mission, social justice, and camps and conferences.
His beloved wife and partner in ministry, Frederica, died in 2014. He has three children and four grandchildren.
Parish Associate - Rev. Jim Collie
The Rev, Jim Collie is a Texan by birth, a New Mexican by choice, a Presbyterian minister by call, and retired by the grace of God.