leadership team

adam + natascha kling


Since 2006, Adam and Natascha Kling have served as youth and associate pastors in Arizona and Tennessee. Adam has been in full time ministry since 2006 and Natascha has grown up in a church planter's home and has been active in ministry since she was 15. They have seen hundreds of students and adults come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, and are passionate about loving those who feel like there is nowhere to turn or don't feel comfortable in a "church" setting. Through their journey, they have had a new dream birthed in them to plant a church in Flagstaff, Arizona. Adam and Natascha are in their early 30's and have one daughter named Eden. Adam is an ordained minister. They love the outdoors, hunting, mountain biking, running, and anything that involves fresh air! With God’s vision, and gracious partners to help along the way, they hope to see their city changed, their community loved and each individual they reach eternally transformed.



Dave and Janet Wessels spent 20 years at Rock Church in San Diego where Pastor Dave founded, led, and taught the core equipping ministries of Biblical Stewardship and Kingdom Living.  Janet teaches nursing at Azusa Pacific University and retired in August 2022 from the U.S. Navy after 28 years of service.  They relocated to Flagstaff for the arrival of their first grandchild, and celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary in 2021.  They both bring many years of business and ministry leadership experience to Urban Hope and are excited to serve the leadership team and see the vision of winning Flagstaff truly realized.

alex  ellifritz


Alex is an Intern and a member of the School Of Ministry at Urban Hope. He attended college at Notre Dame de Namur in San Francisco, CA. In his 4 years, he played and was captain of the NDNU, NCAA Lacrosse team. Alex’s girlfriend attended Northern Arizona University, where she graduated with a Bachelors in Communications. Lexy now helps out all over the church. Both are passionate about loving Young Adults who feel like there is nowhere to turn or don't feel comfortable in a "church" setting. Alex relocated here to Flagstaff, to help run the Young Adult Ministry. With God’s vision, and an amazing team, he hopes to see the college campus transformed, the community loved, and each Young Adult he reaches to come to have an amazing relationship with Jesus Christ.

Lexy Ellifritz


Lexy grew up in White Salmon Washington and came to Flagstaff in 2016 to earn her bachelor's degree in communication and public relations at NAU. She is now an Intern and member of the School of Ministry at Urban Hope church. Lexy grew up in a family of teachers and coaches, always having a passion for the youth. She is now our Kids Church Director and helps her husband Alex Ellifritz with our Young Adults ministry. Lexy is passionate about encouraging the younger generation to stand firm in their faith. She wants to equip each student to learn how to share the good news of the gospel with all their friends and everyone they meet. “This next generation will be a generation on fire and in love with God."

Ashley Atkisson


Ashley grew up in Southern California, where after attending Bible College she served in her church's Women’s Ministry for 11 years. She is passionate to help cultivate a space for women to experience the unique impact that Women’s Ministry has, here at Urban Hope. Ashley relocated to Flagstaff in 2017, with her husband and two children. She works as a Postpartum Doula and Childbirth Educator, and loves spending time outdoors with her family hiking, camping, and paddleboarding.  



Christa was born and raised in Southern California. In her youth she attended Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa led by (Pastor Chuck Smith). As a young adult she surrounded herself with an amazing church family for 25 years, Mariners Church in Irvine, Ca. She works as Human Resources professional recruiting remotely all over of the U.S. In November 2020 following the Lord’s lead she moved to Flagstaff with her family right alongside her. The Holy Spirit placed her directly at Urban Hope, where the core beliefs align directly with hers. Growing with God and focusing on family are truly most important to her. At Urban Hope she has found a family that wants to do life with her. Her desire is to help reveal to the community of Flagstaff that God has a purpose for them and to encourage an intimate relationship with him.



Justis, her husband Jorge and 3 kids all moved from Orange County California to Flagstaff in 2020 where she quickly found a home in Urban Hope Church. With pervious experience serving the community and helping Mariners Church Irvine run outreach events, she quickly plugged into Urban Hope's outreach team. Her passion for serving the community started when she was a little girl serving at an orphanage in Mexico and that experience would set her on the path to leading Outreach at Urban Hope. She is also an Intern and a member of our School Of Ministry. Her passion is to bless the community of Flagstaff and bring them to know God.

Adam Wessels


Adam was a leader on the Production team at Awaken Church in San Diego for many years, where he exercised his passion for serving in God’s house with excellence. He made the move to Flagstaff to remain close to family, and quickly plugged in at Urban Hope. He has been thrilled to build new relationships with an amazing community while taking the audiovisual experience to the next level for everyone who visits the church in-person or online. His desire is to use the talents and aptitudes God planted in him for Kingdom purpose and eternal impact.



Pastor Dave and his wife MaryAnne relocated to Flagstaff in 2018 and launched Perspective Ministry, a biblical counseling and discipleship ministry. Pastor Dave served at Calvary Chapel Vista for over 20 years as a biblical counselor and marriage mentor, as well as leading Fundamentals discipleship classes and overseeing adult ministries. In 2021 he partnered with GriefShare to offer grief counseling and is a member of the International Association of Biblical Counselors. Dave’s heart is to serve both the staff and congregations of Flagstaff churches so that they would find hope and healing, be built up in their faith and live the abundant life in Christ that brings glory to His name



Autumn has been a member of Urban Hope Church since August of 2017. She met Pastor Adam and Natasha Kling in Phoenix when she was attending Compel Church. After meeting them, she knew Urban Hope would become her home church while attending NAU. Since then she has helped in different areas in the Church including Kids, Youth, and Young Adults. She is currently finishing up her degree in Sociology, Social Work, and Non-Profit Management. She is excited to take what she is learning in her non-profit management courses to help with Urban Hope Administration and future Outreach efforts.