Preschool Education Director
Children's Faith Formation Leader
Church Financial Secretary &
Preschool Business Director
Youth Faith Formation Leader
Diana Linden-Johnson, Pastor
Pastor Diana began her ministry at Peace Lutheran in June of 2016. A native of Colorado, Pastor Diana’s faith and call to ministry were deeply shaped by ministries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), including participation in Sunday School and youth group, working at Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp as a young adult, and service as as a full-time volunteer with the Border Servant Corps (BSC). Diana and her partner live in El Paso with their two children. In their free time, they enjoy spending time with friends and family, gardening, hiking, biking and camping. Pastor Diana loves being in ministry with God’s people, walking with others through life’s joys and struggles, and helping connect faith with daily life through worship, prayer, learning, service and play.
Stephen Jones, Music Director
Stephen is a classically-trained concert pianist and operatic tenor. He has over 40 years of professional experience in accompanying and directing music in churches, as well as Broadway musicals. He studied piano, voice, pipe organ and electronic music while pursuing a music theory and composition degree at UTEP. He is currently organist and music director at Peace Lutheran and St. Francis on the Hill Episcopal churches.
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Sandra Krassin, Administrative Assistant
Sandra is an El Paso native. She was born in El Paso and has lived in both Cd. Juarez, Mexico and El Paso. She is a graduate from Loretto Academy High School and received a Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts and Communications from UTEP. Sandra is married and has two children. Sandra was an Army wife, a member and leader of the Family Readiness Group at Ft. Bliss and a proud recipient of the Honorable Order of Molly Pitcher Award. Sandra enjoys making jewelry and spending time with friends and family. She enjoys fellowship time, meeting new friends and talking to people. Sandra and her family have been members of Peace Lutheran for 14 years. Her favorite Bible passage is "Do to others as you would have them do to you" (Luke 6:31).
Bobby Kaiser, Church Financial Secretary & Peace Preschool Business Director
Bobbie has worked as a financial professional since 2008. Prior to becoming the business director and treasurer, she worked as a financial analyst at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Her experience includes financial analysis, relationship management, sales and general accounting. She earned an MBA from Park University and a Bachelor's of Science in Finance from Missouri State University.
Bobbie relocated to El Paso from Kansas City, Missouri in 2017 with her husband, Chris, and ten-month-old son, Louis. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, hiking, yoga and traveling.
Cinthya Rubio Cerda, Peace Preschool Education Director
Young children have been a part of Cinthya’s life since 1999, when she got her first job as a teacher for three-year-olds. She earned her degree in Business Administration and Finances from Instituto Superior de Administracion y Negocios in Mexico and her director’s credentials in El Paso during her time as the director of St. Mark’s Early Education Program. Cinthya has over 20 years of experience in early education and preschool programs, including as an early education program director, director and coordinator of a summer camp program, early education director assistant, and lead teacher to all levels of early education grades.
Itzayana Chapa, Youth Faith Formation Leader
Itzayana is currently an elementary education major at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). She absolutely loves children and youth - helping them grow & gain knowledge, while they also help her grow and learn. Itzy feels that sharing moments together at church, learning more about God and serving the Peace and El Paso communities are great blessings and is so happy to be a part of the Peace Lutheran family.
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Haley Plucheck, Children's Faith Formation Leaders
Haley is originally from Colorado and graduated from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD. She came to the borderlands to work with the Beloved Community in Las Cruces--a non-profit that strives to build community for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She has spent four summers working at Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp and has learned the beauty of encountering God in creation and community. She is excited to be learning and growing alongside the members of Peace Lutheran.
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