our church staff

The United Church of Los Alamos is blessed with a wonderful staff!

  • David elton, senior pastor

    David has served The United Church as Senior Pastor since 2011.  He and his family - wife Lori and daughter Katherine - enjoy living in Northern New Mexico.  David grew up in Dallas, Texas and is a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) minister who has served churches in Venice, Florida and College Station, Texas since 1998.  He enjoys working in a multi-denominational congregation with such an incredible history and commitment to the greater community and world.  His hobbies include photography, mountain biking, swimming, listening to KTAOS and playing classical guitar.  "I love serving with the people of this congregation who are from so many different places, with so many different interests and with such energy and commitment!"


  • Keith lewis, pastor for congregation and youth

    Keith Lewis came to us in 2005 from Wichita Falls, Texas, where he was the Associate Minister and Director of Youth Ministries at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).  Previously, he held similar positions in Midland and San Marcos, Texas.  He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in government.  He is licensed in the Central Area of the Southwest Region of the Christian Church.  Keith is a veteran of the Marine Corps and served in the Gulf War.


  • suzanne johnson, director of music ministries

    Suzanne Johnson has served at The United Church longer than any other staff member, having begun her work here in 1967.  She came to us as a young church music graduate from Ohio.  Her love of sacred music competes with her admiration of pop music and jazz (she is an avid Sting concert-goer).  Suzanne‚Äôs husband, J.D., is a theoretical physicist, retired from Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • Tjett gerdom, office administrator

    Tjett's professional background is in Marketing and Customer Service.  He shares his musical talents with many local musical ensembles. He is the Principal Trumpet with both the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra and Community Winds. He has sung with Opera Alta and has been a featured soloist with Santa Fe Music Works.  He can also occasionally be found in front of the music ensembles, conducting local performances.  Tjett can often been seen walking about town with his two Samoyeds, Tia and Hodor.


  • ann cooke, treasurer

    Ann Cooke has been a member of the church since 1990, and joined the staff in July, 2012.  Ann has a BS from University of Nebraska at Lincoln (Mathematics and Chemistry) and a PhD from the University of Arizona in Inorganic Chemistry.  She also takes care of a husband and two daughters, while being active in several ongoing volunteer organizations dealing with environmental/urban issues of fire and forest health.  She has most recently been involved with her husband in establishing a FIRST Technical Challenge competitive robotics team for Mid - Senior High School students.


  • bob cowan, assistant treasurer

    Bob Cowan has been a member of the church since 1989.  After serving as a trustee, he took up his present position in March of 2003.  Bob has a BA from Friends University in Wichita and a PhD from The Johns Hopkins University.  He retired from the Lab in 1985 after 34 years in the Theoretical Physics Division.  He has done extensive mountain climbing in NM and CO, plus climbs in Mexico in 1982 and a three-week trek in Nepal in 1993.

  • jody rigg, nursery coordinator

    Jody Rigg moved to Los Alamos from Alaska in 2007, and has been the Nursery Coordinator since 2010.  Jody has a business degree from The Career Academy in Anchorage, Alaska.  Her hobbies include gardening, hiking, and being with her family.

  • cesar ojeda, custodian

    My name is Cesar Ojeda.  I am the custodian and maintenance employee of the Church.  I started working here in October, 2005, after working for the Methodist Church for 17 years.  As a contractor I do the snow removal on the parking lots.  I also take care of disabled people at my home.  And as a hobby the whole family enjoys playing music.