Getting to know: Pastor comes from family of faithful

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Todd Terry is a pastor at Faith Triumphant Church. Background: People who know him call him Pastor Todd. He was born in Portales in the 1960s and grew up on his grandparent’s (Dave and Juanita Terry) dairy farm. He attended school in Floyd and Portales. Terry’s father, James Terry, founded Faith Triumphant Church in 1980 [...]

Getting to know: Pastor enlists in ministry after service

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Donald Hay is a pastor at Church of God in Portales. Background: Pastor Donald Hay and his family first came to Portales in 1982. He was born in Florida, but his father worked in construction and the family moved around a lot. Hay served a 27-year career in the U.S. Air Force as an avionics [...]

Getting to know: Preacher enjoys developing sermons

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Dora Church of Christ Pastor Gary Simpson was born and raised in South Africa. His family has also lived in the United Kingdom. His wife, Robin, was born and raised in Portales and they met through a friend. They have been married for 16 years and have three children, Charlyn 10, Sarron, 7, and Chantelle, [...]

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. [...]

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 improves skills

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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 [...]

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 [...]

Getting to know: New pastor avid fisherman

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Michael Brunk is the new pastor at First United Methodist Church of Portales. He moved here from Albuquerque two weeks ago with his family and is still unpacking the boxes in his office. He has been a pastor for 30 years and he was born in Virginia. What got you interested in being a pastor? [...]

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 [...]

Pastor was quick to condemn

A few days ago a friend of mine invited me to her church, a large, spectacular and impressive conglomerate of buildings and fun. From the moment the usher opened the door, the churchgoers welcomed us with friendly smiles and open arms. The place was impressive, with a coffee shop, (Starbuck’s coffee), a bookstore, a large [...]