Leadership: Church Staff


Bethlehem is truly blessed with a wonderful, energetic and compassionate staff. They are able to teach, assist, enable and encourage us to live out our calling, “Blessed to be a blessing.”



Nancy Tiff, Office Coordinator

s 2015 NancyTiffAs office coordinator, I joined the staff of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in August of 2004. Along with primary duties of office administration and management, I must coordinate building use for two congregations, Bethlehem and Light of Christ, and for various outside groups that use our facility.


I absolutely love my job here at Bethlehem and the people with whom I work. Every day is different and challenging as I keep up with council and a multitude of projects. The fellowship we share is one of the best things about Bethlehem; there’s something for everyone. Family is very important to me, and Bethlehem is a family church.


ab s dk nt 2015 halloween IMG 0284In addition to my managerial responsibilities, keeping an eye on our senior population is a ministry I especially enjoy. This probably stems from my teenaged years working at a local care center. Our elders have stories and history that they need to share and we need to hear.

While I consider my roots are in Nebraska, I moved here with my family when my dad retired from the Air Force in 1971. I married Jim, a handsome local young man, and together we raised our son, Jake. We’ve worshipped at Bethlehem for many years.


You can reach Nancy at admin@bethlehem-lutheran.net or by calling the church office.


Deaconess Kristen Baltrum, Director of Faith Formation


s 2015 KristenBaltrum104Greetings! I am Deaconess Kristen, or “DK” here at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. In the Lutheran Church, the office of Deaconess is a Ministry of Work and Service where someone uses his/her God-given gifts, talents, abilities and passions to serve God’s people. My gifts, talents, abilities and passions are for passing on the Christian Faith from one generation to the next. I believe every person of every age has a role to play in Faith Formation. I find great joy when I see older adults intently listening to young children talk about their Sunday school lesson, or when adult Mentors and Confirmation Students become part of each other’s families.


I have a B.A. in Theology from Valparaiso University and am consecrated to the Lutheran Deaconess Association. I have been serving Youth Ministry in various ways since 1993, having more and more fun as my work goes on. I completed my Masters in Children, Youth and Family Ministry through Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 2009.


My husband Rob and I, with our children (JR and Maddie), have been living in Longmont for 16 years. We are originally from the western suburbs of Chicago. We love Colorado and find Longmont an amazing place to raise kids, enjoy the outdoors, and be an active part of the local community. Bethlehem Lutheran is really a “faith home” for us, not just the place where I happen to work.


When I am not at the church building, I am volunteering in the Rocky Mountain Synod Faith Formation Network or Sky Ranch Lutheran Camp. I also enjoy hanging with my kids (read: driving them places) and I enjoy any kind of water sport, reading or home-brewing with Rob.


You can reach Kristen at kristen@bethlehem-lutheran.net or by calling the church office.


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Education Coordinator: Deaconess Ann Maki, Interim Children's Ministry Coordinator

Ann Maki-Deaconess Ann Maki is happy to be on board here at Bethlehem and pleased to introduce herself to members: "I feel blessed to serve at Bethlehem Lutheran as the interim Children's Ministry Coordinator. I look forward to getting to know the children and adults through Rally Day, Sunday School, the Christmas program and more activities during this time of pastoral transition. Originally I am from Cleveland, Ohio. Music education was my undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State in Ohio, and I attended Valparaiso University for my theological studies. After my internship in Boulder, I married my husband, Nate, and also became a consecrated deaconess in the Lutheran Diaconal Association. On "Family Leave from Call," I am also a rostered deacon in the ELCA.

You can contact Deaconess Ann at ann@bethlehem-lutheran.net.


Communications Coordinator: Position open.





Music Director: Brenda Harris


BLC BRENDAI am delighted to be here at Bethlehem Lutheran as your Music Director! I come to you, originally, from Tucson, Arizona, where I received my Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance with a minor emphasis in Vocal Performance from the University of Arizona.

I grew up in the rich musical tradition of the Southern Baptist church, where I began playing for services when I was 13. Since that time, I served as pianist, organist, choir director, and worship leader in Lutheran, Roman Catholic, Methodist, and Presbyterian churches, as well as a Reform synagogue. When asked by one pastor, "Well, just what are you?" I had to respond, "I'm a musician!" God's love manifests itself in music and I am blessed to have worked in this wonderful profession all of my adult life.

In addition to church work, after obtaining my teaching certification, I worked in the publicBLC BRENDA 2 schools, teaching general music, piano lab, choir, and drama. My students ranged from preschool to senior high, with my particular favorite being middle school students. I look forward to working with the children and youth here at BLC.

I have two lovely daughters, Valerie (31) who lives in Phoenix, Arizona and Miriam (17), who graduated from Silver Creek High School and attends Berklee College of Music in Boston.

I am grateful to join your family here at Bethlehem Lutheran.

If you enjoy singing or play an instrument, please consider joining one of our musical groups. I would love to hear from you and answer any questions you might have (brenda@bethlehem-lutheran.net or 303-776-3290). Thanks and blessings to you!


Ray Leake, Pianist



As a professional musician, I have shared my talent and love of music with Bethlehem for several years now. Before coming to Bethlehem, I played at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church for 26 years.


s 2015 RayAtPiano 2I have written several piano/organ arrangements for Bethlehem’s Christmas and Easter services as well as a Jazz Gospel service. Held twice a year on Pentecost and All Saints Day, Jazz Gospel includes a seven-piece Dixieland Band and offers both an uplifting experience and a joyous celebration.


My "real" job consists of teaching private piano lessons, playing with and writing arrangements for several bands, writing orchestral arrangements that have been performed by the Jefferson Symphony, and frequent gigging.

Karen Haag, Bookkeeper

Karen-1468-2Hello! I joined the staff of Bethlehem Lutheran Church as the bookkeeper in the fall of 2017. I am excited to part of the supportive, friendly staff of the church. As you can guess, I'm responsible for paying bills, monitoring expenses, payroll and, generally, keeping track of the church finances. I am also responsible for the same duties for our Cornerstone Preschool. I bring previous experience as a church bookkeeper to my position here at Bethlehem Lutheran.

I am a life-long Lutheran and recently moved to Colorado from Wilmington, NC and, previously, the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC. I attended Thiel Lutheran College in Greenville, PA and the University of Maryland. My 44 years in VA included 33 years in the financial industry, primarily in residential mortgage financing and retail banking. I moved to CO in retirement because my only child relocated to Denver and, well, CO is just beautiful. I look forward to traveling in the western states, something I've done very little of having lived on the east coast all my life.


I'm so happy that I chose Longmont as my new home. I have found so much to do. I share my home with my adopted kitty, Colleen.

You can reach Karen Haag at bookkeeper@bethlehem-lutheran.net or by calling the church office.




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