Freedom New Mexico
David McVey, 53, is in his fourth year as pastor of Central Christian Church in Portales.
David and his wife Lola, who have three children — Joshua, Jo and Will — moved to town in 2006 after living in Charleston, W.Va.
McVey is originally from Grundy, Va., and is on course to finish a master’s degree in counseling next spring at Eastern New Mexico University.
Did you know anything about Portales when you took the job?
A little. My son (Joshua), who’s now a youth pastor here, had done an internship in Clovis and he had a friend who was from Portales.
What’s the atmosphere like on a typical Sunday at Central Christian?
We have services at 8:15 and at 10:30. The first service, the music is more traditional while the second service we’ve got more contemporary music with a band — guitars, drums. It’s interesting, people have different tastes (in music). We sing some of the old-time gospel in the early service, but we also do some hymns in the second one too.
Is there any part of the Bible that you think is under used?
I think the whole Bible is under-utilized. I like the Gospels; I think what’s important for us to understand, from my perspective, are the red letters. I like what Luther said one time: “If you’re frightened or confused by God, run to Jesus.”
Have you ever repeated a sermon?
Oh sure. In different places. I did have a professor once get asked how soon it was to do the same sermon and he said that Sunday night was soon enough.
Do you have any hobbies?
I like to be outside. I like to ride my bike, it’s a mountain bike. Portales is a great place to ride a bike. There are no mountains, but the wind can be a challenge.
Do you like to get out-of-town once in awhile?
Sure, we like to go to Santa Fe and to Albuquerque. We like Las Vegas (NM), really. The church once had a summer camp up there in the mountains about 20 miles from town. It’s a beautiful area.
What made you decide to seek a master’s degree in counseling?
Just to improve what I do. To do what I do better, because I do talk to people. To have more tools to help people work through things.