Getting to know: Pastor seeks to change perception of church

Pastor seeks to change perception of church Brian Townsend, 40, moved to Portales eight years ago to become the pastor at the Baptist Student Union, located just across the street from Eastern New Mexico University. Townsend is married to Cherie and the couple has four children: Christian, 17, Brennan, 12, Cara, 10, and Bryce, 6. […]

Praise doesn’t have to be in tune

By Karl Terry: PNT columnist To the youngster two rows in front of me, it sounded beautiful. To his embarrassed father, it likely sounded like a mad tomcat trapped in a sack. On a recent Sunday morning in church the little guy — probably about 2 and likely not even talking real well — joined […]

Elida pastor follows calling after college

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Freedom New Mexico Amy Jordan has been the pastor for Elida Methodist Church for the last four years. Prior to that, she served another four years in the same capacity at a church in San Jon. A graduate of Portales High in 1981, Jordan has two children: daughter Katie Palmer, a youth minister in Clovis, […]

Getting to know: Pastor adds title to name after mistaken identity

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Freedom New Mexico Steve Smith has been the pastor at University Baptist Church in Portales for the last 14 years. A graduate of Portales High and Eastern New Mexico University, Smith is married to his wife Kathy and has two sons: Jeremy and Timothy. His last job before moving back to Portales was preaching the […]

Church offers Bible school

Freedom New Mexico First United Methodist Church is offering Vacation Bible School for children pre-school through fifth grade from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. July 13-17. The bible school is expected to have a depiction of the Roman market place and the underground church, as well as actors playing the apostle Paul, his friends and […]

Getting to know: Pastor helps congregation find place in ministry

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Walter Huber serves as pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church. He was worked at several churches over his 37 years in the ministry. What is your philosophy of leadership in the church? I believe that the church is the body of Christ and the body of Christ is made up of many members. In fact, the […]

First person: Pastor returns to answer call

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Pastor Gary Piepkorn was a chaplain at Cannon Air Force Base when the Faith in Christ Lutheran Church in Portales opened. Piepkorn moved away from Cannon and after several years, retired from the service at Onizuka Air Station in California. Around the time he retired, Faith in Christ Lutheran Church needed a pastor and they […]

Cowboy services offered at church

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Brad Morgan has been the pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Portales for just over a year. Among the different services he conducts at the 18th Street place of worship is “Cowboy Church” every Tuesday night. Morgan, 37, previously served in various capacities at Bethel Baptist and Emmanuel Baptist churches in Portales. Are there real […]

2009 PHS grad opts for mission

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT correspondent Many soon-to-be Portales High School graduates will dive straight into the workforce or head to college over the next few months. Steven Howard, however, may be living in a hut in Africa, learning Swahili. Howard, a PHS track standout and ballet dancer, has signed to serve two years in a […]

Volunteer finds food pantry ministry rewarding

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Michael Marshall has lived in Portales for seven years and is the post office manager for Eastern New Mexico University. He is a volunteer for a food pantry ministry through Central Christian Church. How did you get involved with volunteering work? I helped the guy who actually started our food pantry ministry. We used to […]

Church musician releases album

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Correspondent After spending more than three decades recording CDs with his family group and singing for Mass at St. Helen’s Catholic Church, Andrew Sisneros has just recorded his first solo CD. The Christian CD, titled “Perdoname Senor” or “Forgive Me O Lord,” was recorded at Sisneros’ home studio, Consuelo Records. The […]

April 28, 1974

Portales Methodists observed the start of their church’s 75th year with

Pastor: Calling was chosen for me

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Pastor David McFadden. First Baptist Church What did you choose to be a pastor? It wasn’t so much something I chose. It was something that was chosen for me. During summer break while attending college, I was invited to a Bible study by a young lady. I went more for the lady than the Bible […]

Pastor follows calling

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David Bennett has been a pastor for the Church of Christ (3rd and Kilgore) for eight and half years. Why did you choose to be a pastor? From the time I was twelve years old it is all I ever wanted to do. It probably had to do with my upbringing. It also had to […]

March 29, 2009 Club notes

Altrusa International Altrusa International Inc. of Portales met last Monday in the Fellowship Hall at the First United Methodist Church, with the Service Committee in charge of arrangements. President Vaunceil Turnbough presided over the business meeting and conducted the opening ceremonies. The minutes from the previous meeting were approved. There were 33 members and seven […]

March 15, 2009 Engagements

Polomski-Tivis Michael and Linda Polomski of Silver City announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, MikaJo Beck Polomski of Silver City to Trevor Scott Tivis of House, son of Danny and Peggy Tivis of House. The couple will exchange vows June 20, 2009, at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Silver City. […]

March 16, 1955

Twelve hundred New Mexico Baptists, representing 220 churches, converged in Portales for the three-day New Mexico Baptist Convention, which opened in the First Baptist Church auditorium. Ted Roberts, of Roswell, presided over the ceremonies.

March 8, Engagements

McAfee-Mosier Mark and Sherri McAfee of Portales announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Shannon McAfee of Portales, to Chris Mosier of Portales, son of Wesley Mosier and Shelly Stanley. The couple will exchange vows March 28, 2009, at 6 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church. A reception will follow at 6:45 p.m. at […]

Feb. 15, 2009 Engagements

Britain-Riley Ricky and Sherrie Britain of Roswell announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Kayla JoAnn Britain, of Clovis, to Cage Win Riley, of Clovis, son of Russell and Elainea Riley of Melrose. The couple will exchange vows March 28, 2009, at Parkland Baptist Church in Clovis. A reception will follow at St. […]

Feb. 8, 1946

A classified ad in the Portales Daily News under the “Lost” section read, “Man’s brown hat at the Methodist Church Tuesday at Plains Co-op meeting. Return to church or creamery. Another ad for Phillip’s Hotel stated the weekly rate as $8 for one person and $10 for two. One day and night stay for up […]