The Rev. Trey Hammond
The Rev. Trey Hammond has recently been brought on board as our Bridge Pastor after long time Pastor Tom Hart stepped down. The Rev. Hammond is a graduate of McCormick Seminary in Chicago. He has served several churches, as well as working at the Denominational offices in Louisville for a time. Most recently he served as head of staff at La Mesa Presbyterian Church here in Albuquerque for 21 years before retiring just over a year ago. He will serve as head of staff for the next few months while the church searches for a full-time Transitional Pastor.
The Rev. Sarah Chivington-Buck
Sarah was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM. She received her B.A. in Spanish from University of New Mexico, which included a year-long study abroad experience in Granada, Spain. She earned her M.A. in Christian Formation and Soul Care from Denver Seminary and then worked as the Director of Congregational Care at a church in Golden, CO for three years. It was during this time that Sarah discerned a call to ordained ministry. She graduated with her Master of Divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary in 2017. Her first call was as solo pastor of a church in rural Oklahoma. She answered the call to serve Shepherd of the Valley in 2018. It was an unexpected joy to be able to come back home to Albuquerque and be near her family, and Sarah is so grateful to be part of this vibrant and faithful church community.
She is passionate about creating meaningful experiences where people can deepen their connection with God, whether this be through worship, classes, Bible studies, or individual spiritual guidance. Sarah loves to spend her free time outdoors, near water when possible, enjoying the beauty of nature. She also likes to read historical fiction, get together with good friends, and hang out with her nephews.
Carl is a retired clergy who became a Parish Associate at Shepherd of the Valley while Phil Butin was Pastor. His primary work here has been with worship and adult education. Prior to coming to Shepherd of the Valley, Carl served as Interim Pastor at eight different northern New Mexico Presbyterian Churches. He has five children, eleven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren. He is married to Laura Fox. Carl loves to sing in the choir and sometimes preaches here and at other churches in the Presbytery.
Director of Music
Deborah has been involved in church music most of her life. She started playing organ for church services in rural Nebraska at age 13 where her dad was minister. She majored in sacred music at Concordia University in Seward, NE. After graduation Deborah moved to Southern California where she was Director of Music at Ascension Lutheran Church and School. Shortly after she moved to New Mexico in 2001 Deborah started playing organ, piano, and keyboard at Shepherd of the Valley, which she has continued to this day.
On a trip to California via Amtrak train through New Mexico Jan fell in love with the watermelon color of the Sandia Mountains. She was determined to live in this beautiful state! Her family moved here in 1988 and she has been working as Office Administrator for 10 years.
When not working, she and her husband love to travel to see their family, enjoy water sports, boating, fishing and hiking and golf. They have 3 grown children with 5 grand-children.
Associate Administrator for Communications
A transplant from New England, Wanda moved to New Mexico in 2004 with her husband and daughter. For the past 15 years, she have worked in the non-profit and faith based sector as an administrative/communications assistant.
During her down time, she enjoys hanging out with her family and my two rambunctious dogs as well as going on bike rides, taking in the scenery of the area.
Shelton grew up at Shepherd of the Valley since attending preschool here. He enjoys working with the youth because it gives him the chance to give the kids the same positive experience of church that he had.
Carlie has been attending Shepherd of the Valley since she was enrolled in our preschool. Now a student a The University of New Mexico, She has been involved with the youth leadership team for just under a year. Carlie loves leading the youth of SOTV and watching their curiosity and faith grow.