Staff and Ministries



Juntos® (which means “together” in Spanish) is a cooperative effort between several churches and organizations to walk alongside students in Albuquerque. Juntos® began in 2005 as a group effort by five different ministries and churches to provide a summer day camp for kids in the International District (at that time labelled “The War Zone”). Over 100 kids attended that initial camp and Juntos® was born! Since that time, Juntos® has continued with weekly meetings, summer programs, leader training, small group Bible studies, tutoring and mentoring.


"We believe that whole families and entire communities can be transformed by young leaders discovering and living out their God-given purpose."

Generosity. Leadership. Purpose.


Joy Dennis

Joy was born and raised in Chicago. She moved to Albuquerque in January 2018 to join Juntos with the Navigators. Joy loves living near the mountains and learning from the Juntos® team!

Hannah Kelsey-Town

Hannah Kelsey-Town is originally from Omaha, Nebraska and is married to Gabriel Town. They are currently expecting their first baby in August 2018. Hannah has worked with Navigators since 2012 and has been serving in Albuquerque at Juntos® since 2015.

Sarah Christian

Sarah grew up a military brat and missionary kid. She moved to Albuquerque in 2004 and has been involved in Juntos® since 2005.

Laura & Fred Jenkins

Laura began working among youth with The Navigators in ABQ in 1999. Her short internship then turned into a lifetime calling! Fred teaches at the Catholic school in the neighborhood. They love being a part of a diverse, hard working community. Their two daughters enjoy being a part of Juntos.®


Montgomery Heights Ministries


Purpose: To reach children and teens with the gospel of Christ in communities directly experiencing injustice. Our community is a mix of Hispanic, Native, and former Refugee peoples. We enjoy our diverse community and the ways it reflects more of who God is.

1. Our Children's ministry (5 yrs old to 12 yrs old) is focused in evangelistic outreach and teaching basic truths of the scriptures, as well as ministering to the parents in practical holistic ways addressing jobs, food, housing, parenting skills, etc.
2. Our Middle school and high school ministries emphasize more of a discipleship and leadership training.
3. The Refugee ministry emphasizes sharing the Gospel through hospitality and relationship building.

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Bob & Claudia Adame

Bob first encountered The Navigators through his church where Navigator staff, George Sanchez, was a previous pastor. Bob has been discipled by many men throughout his life; from his time in college and military to his time as a teacher in Dallas, TX. During all these years Bob was also discipling others in the community and in the junior high school where he was teaching. In 1985 Bob and Claudia moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico to join a team to pioneer the beginning of The Navigator US Hispanic Mission. Ten years later, in 1995, Bob and Claudia began a ministry to youth, including those involved in local gangs, in the Montgomery Heights community of Albuquerque where they continue to minister today.


Lonnie & Maria Theye

Lonnie first received his initial Nav training at New Mexico State University under Dwight Hill in the early 70s. After Lonnie's training he began working full time at The University of New Mexico where he also pioneered a collegiate ministry during the late 70s and early 80s. Lonnie and Maria then moved to Tuscon to lead the Navigator ministry at the University of Arizona for three years before both working full time at the Los Alamos National Laboratory for 20 years. The Theyes returned to Albuquerque after retirement to work with Bob and Claudia Adame in their ministry to youth.

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