Christine Stoxen was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and has lived in a number of states including Connecticut, Delaware and South Carolina. She graduated from Gettysburg College with a B. A. in Psychology in Elementary Education. Following college, she served in the Lutheran Volunteer Corps in Wilmington, DE in a homeless shelter for women and children. From there, she served as a social worker for the State of Del-aware, continuing to work for social justice. In 1995, she felt a call to
ordained ministry and in 2000 she graduated from Lutheran Theologi-
cal Southern Seminary. Pastor Chris has served three congregations in South Carolina and came to Holy Trinity in Chandler in 2017. When she is not at the church, you can find her hiking, reading and spending time
with her two grown children, Zachary and Nicholas, and their families, which include grandsons Oliver and Chance.
Luis Ochoa was born in Guatemala and moved to Los Angeles,
California when he was 7 years old. He graduated from Trinity Lutheran College in Issaquah, WA in 2008 with a BA in Children, Youth and Family
Studies. He has been doing youth ministry for 13 years and enjoys
every part of it. He has been married to his wife Bobbie for thirteen years and has three kids; a son, Eduardo and two daughters, Joleen and Aaliyah. He enjoys cooking, being outdoors, spending time with family and friends and playing and watching different sports. Being part of the ELCA has been key in his faith journey and he is very excited to share his faith and personal experiences here at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Ordained in 2023, Luis serves at both Holy Trinity and First Evangelical Lutheran.
Charles has served as music director at Holy Trinity since 2017. A pianist, composer, arranger, singer, and teacher with backgrounds in classical music, improvisation, and jazz, Charles loves working with musicians of all kinds, from amateur to professional and everything in between. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelors of Music in composition and holds a Masters of Music in composition from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. When he's not at church, Charles enjoys brewing beer, playing video games, reading, walking his dog, Bailey, and going on adventures with his wife, Roxanna.
Pastor Bernie Carl was born and raised in Wheeling, West Virginia.
He graduated from West Liberty State College, West Liberty, West
Virginia in 1973 and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in 1977. Pastor Bernie has served congregations in West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. He retired from active ministry in 2013 after 35 years of pastoral ministry, the final 20 years serving St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. He moved to Chandler in 2013 where he lives with his wife, Barbara. Pastor Bernie and
Barbara are the parents of one son, B. William Carl who resides in Kailua, Hawaii with his wife, Caroline and their two daughters, Delainey and Adelaide. In addition to his work as the Pastor of Caring Min-
istries at Holy Trinity he enjoys an occasional game of golf as well as
the sports scene provided by the Sun Devils, Coyotes, and
Diamondbacks. He is not yet ready to cheer on the Cardinals
as he is a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan.