Pastor Matt Powell

I began serving as Pastor at Holy Cross in July 2018. I serve in a part-time capacity as Redevelopment Pastor. I feel called to part-time pastoral ministry during this season of my life so that I might have additional time for the exciting and unpredictable vocation of parenting. I am from the Midwest—born and raised in Indiana, graduated college in Ohio, and seminary in Minnesota.

After my pastoral internship in Texas, I was ordained in 2001 and have served congregations in Maryland and Wisconsin before moving to Albuquerque in 2012 for my wife to accept a call to serve as Pastor at St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church. We have a son who was born in 2008 and our family enjoys all of the outdoor opportunities available here in New Mexico.

The people of Holy Cross inspire me every day as their lives witness to a vibrant faith lived in the beautiful and messy places of our workplaces, schools, neighborhoods, and homes. At Holy Cross we are all at different points in our journeys of faith. None of us have our lives or our faith completely figured out.

Come and experience God with us, share your story, bring questions, and use your God-given talents to impact our neighborhood and the world with God’s grace!

Pastoral Intern Brandy Schneck

I am excited to be the intern at Holy Cross for this academic year! I am a third-year student at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina. After internship, I will have one more year of classes before graduating with a Master of Divinity in 2023.

Before starting seminary, I was a preschool teacher for many years and worked in behavioral health as a therapeutic staff support for teachers and parents. I moved to South Carolina from southwest Florida but am originally from Pennsylvania. I grew up in a small, one red light town on the east side of the state.

Since I have always lived on the east coast, I am excited to be living out west for the year! I look forward to the many adventures that I am going to have while being here. I am also looking forward getting to learn the culture in New Mexico and seeing all the beautiful things that are here!

I am excited to learn and grow with the people of Holy Cross, as well as explore my gifts and talents as the pastoral intern this year.

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