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 Delaware, continuing to work for social justice. In 1995, she felt a call to ordained ministry and in 2000 she graduated from Lutheran Theological 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 grandson Oliver.
Charles Zoll is a pianist, composer, arranger, singer, and teacher with backgrounds in classical music, improvisation, and jazz. His award-winning music has been performed across North America and in Europe, with commissions by clarinetist Dimitri Ashkenazy, Boston Musica Viva, and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He believes strongly that through music and performance one is able to connect with the community and express beauty.
Judi Carle lived in the Chicago area until 2001 when she escaped the rat race of being a restaurant company CFO (and the snow) to move to Chandler. She spent the next few years writing cookbooks with her teenage daughters and attending Holy Trinity with her family. In 2006, she was looking for a new challenge and found it in Holy Trinity’s office. In her spare time she likes to cook, garden, quilt and read...sometimes all at the same time.
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 two kids; a son, Eduardo who is nine years old and daughter Joleen who is seven. 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.
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 Ministries 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 Steeler fan.
Emma Weiss is a Georgia native who moved to the Phoenix area with her family in 2009. She is currently studying Natural Resource Ecology at ASU and is working part time at an emergency vet clinic in Mesa. In her limited free time, Emma enjoys snow sports, camping, and cuddling her three beautiful cats. She is very excited at the opportunity to coordinate events for the young adults at Holy Trinity and hopefully play a role in expanding the scope of fellowship and service for their young members.