I have served as Celebration’s Lead Pastor since October of 1999. I am a native to New Mexico, and love our mountains, desert, and chile. Raised in a strong Christian home, I came to faith when I was eight years old. The Lord has brought me a long way since then, and continues to teach and mold me daily. Michelle I were married in 1989 and have five children. My passion is connecting people with God and His word, and that starts at home.
I believe the Bible is the divinely inspired word of God, “profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). It will not fail and will not change, and it is certainly not for me to change. All preaching and teaching that is done at Celebration includes diligent efforts at accurately drawing out the meaning of the text.
My education, after graduating from Belen High School, includes a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Oklahoma Baptist University, a Master of Divinity with Languages from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. My doctoral project was Equipping Church Members to Use Popular Media As an Apologetic Bridge to Postmoderns. I still enjoy engaging in cultural apologetics, both inside and outside the church setting.
My preaching and teaching style includes both expositional (going verse by verse) and topical approaches. The main goal with this is stated in Colossians 1:28, “We proclaim Him, warning and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.” My job is to “train the saints in the work of the ministry, to build up the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12), and this begins with people understanding Scripture and learning to live by faith in obedience to what God has said. Of course, this all falls within the mandate of making disciples. Disciple-making is why we are here. At Celebration, we couch that in parameters such as strengthening the family according to biblical teaching, training people of all ages to have a consistent, biblical worldview, and discipling people in large groups, small groups, and one on one.
Being a follower of Christ should mean everything to us. I believe that members of a church should both be fed, and learn to feed themselves. As each one learns to read and study the Bible, pray, serve according to his or her gifts and passions, worship, and witness, the church will become what God intends it to be. We are in the journey of following Christ together, to become a bold and unstoppable force that turns the world upside down (Acts 17:6).