Chris Kramer

Pastor Since 2012

Family Stats: A wife and a daughter
Favorite Food: Pad Thai
If I could change one thing about the world, I would miraculously turn people into instinctive, empathetic listeners.
How do you feed your soul? Two ways, I nourish it with deep doses of Christian community practices and I take personal sabbath in God’s creation on bicycles, motorcycles, snowshoes and hiking boots.

Clyde Thompson

Interim Choir Director

Family Stats: I’m 100% Norwegian.  My father’s parents, and my mother’s grandparents, all emigrated from Norway to Minnesota in the late 19th century. I have no children.

Favorite food: anything with lemon or coconut in it. 

If I could change one thing about the world:Perhaps improving some things in myself, thereby hopefully making the world better. 

How do I feed my soul: Music, music, music!


Angelina Anello-Denne

Music Director, 9:00am Service

Family Stats: Husband Chris and three sons Vinny, Tony, and Rocco

Favorite Food: Anything Mexican

If I could change one thing about the world: Everyone would sing on a regular basis.It’s so good for the mind, body and soul. It’s like free therapy.

How do I feed my soul? Time in worship/prayer, time with family and music.

Bonnie Norris

Director of Children’s Ministries Since 2014

Family Stats: Married with 4 kids (1 son, 3 daughters) and 1 grandson.
Favorite Food: Shrimp Pad Thai
If I could change one thing about the world, it would be to make sure all children are safe and well fed.
How do you feed your soul? Baking!

Sue Peringer

Parish Administrator since 2020

Family Stats:  I have 3 adult children: Betsy, in North Carolina, Sam in Washington State and Holly in Bend. I am blessed to have 5  grandchildren

Favorite Food: Fruit pie.
If I could change one thing about the worldit would be: To de-stigmatize mental health/psychiatric disorders, with treatment options easily available for all.
How do you feed your soul? I love creating art and making music, rock hounding and playing with my grandkids!

Judith Herron

Pianist/Organist since 2010

Family Stats: Married, Grandmother and Great-grandmother.  My son and his family (4 children) and my daughter and her two daughters all live in Bend. 

Favorite Food: Prime Rib and anything chocolate!
If I could change the world, it would be to love and care not only for or family but also our neighbor. 
How do you feed your soul?  With my music and family – especially with music done for Nativity. 

Lahoma Dillon

Nursery Attendant since 2018

Favorite Food: Chinese Food
If I could change the world, it would be for Jesus to come soon.
How do you feed your soul? With lots of prayer.

nativity church council


Jeff Robberson

Vice President

Scott Johnson


Donna Burklo


Bill Kuhn

Stephanie Tadjiki

Bryan Senner

Yaju Dharmarajah

Corky Senecal

Priscilla Ross

Julie White

Deb Reynolds




Pastor Chris Kramer

join our mission

Instead of joining our congregation, we ask you to consider joining our mission. we are called by the grace of God, to reach out to all people with the love of Jesus Christ. If this is a goal that you feel that you can offer yourself to seeing fulfilled, we ask you to consider the following practices:

  • Regular worship
  • Individual study and prayer
  • Work in the community on behalf of those in need
  • Generous giving of resources

We do not want to quantify what each of these practices should look like in your life. Everyone needs to start where they are and set goals in faith. We simply ask our mission partners to set themselves on a path of discipleship.

We will offer classes in both the mission of our church and the discipleship practices twice a year. We encourage anyone interested in joining our mission to participate in the class. We will also have a celebration welcoming new mission partners to our family of faith several times a year.

If you have any questions about this process, contact Pastor Chris at chris@nativityinbend.com.