I was saved in 1993 on the last day of a 5-day revival in Roby, Texas. I was baptized one week later and I
joined the First Baptist Church of Roby, TX. I have attended Baptist churches and non-denominational
churches ever since. I enjoy singing in church as part of the choir as well as in cantatas and special solos.
One of the most impactful, Christian activities I’ve ever participated in was singing with a gospel quartet
in 1998-1999 in and around Abilene, TX. The group was called Heaven’s Jubilee, and it was comprised of
three other men who were about my same age, and we all shared similar backgrounds in farming,
ranching, and competing in rodeos. Another extremely important experience building my relationship
with the Lord was when I participated in a Walk to Emmaus in the summer of 2001. Up until that time, I
had never taken the time to focus solely on my relationship with the Lord for five days straight. The
depth of worship, the fellowship, the praise, and self-awareness that is shared by a group of men is truly
transformative. I currently attend High Plains Baptist Church, and I want to draw nearer to the Lord by
listening for his still, small voice, by studying and getting deeper into His word because I’ve never read
the Bible completely through from beginning to end, and by developing more patience as I wait for the
Lord’s timing on things. I am a sinner saved by grace, and to quote a Tim McGraw song, “I’m not as
good as I’m gonna get, but I’m better than I used to be.”
I was fortunate to grow up in a Baptist home where the love of God was shown and talked about daily. Growing up I cannot remember a time in my childhood where God’s love was not shared and taught, as we prayed, sang and worshipped together as a family. Our church was our extended third family and we learned to lean on each other in good times and bad. I was saved at a young age and knew that I needed a personal relationship with God. I spent my time as a teenager in sunday school, youth group, mission trips, church choir and helping others. I was raised within a church family that was always helping those in need and where we loved our God by putting others before ourselves. These are some of the things that have stuck with me as an adult. As I grew older I wandered from God and church as so many do while in college. God never wandered from me however and when I found myself in a difficult place in life he was there when I came home to him. He has blessed me in so many ways and allowing me the opportunity to be back at Clovis Christian School where I can share his love daily with our families and students is truly a blessing to me. I pray that I can share with each person I come in contact with each day the love of God and the grace he has shown me in my life.
I was raised in a Christian home, which gave me the fundamental tools to use them when I needed Christ in my college years. I rededicated my life to Christ when I was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. The Lord healed me and has always been gracious and merciful. His love is ever-lasting and true. Philippians 4:6
I did not grow up in a family of strong believers but God was present in my life every moment. I was baptized one summer while attending a youth group and gave my life to the Lord. After meeting my husband and becoming a part of his family I joined the Methodist Church and grew deeper in my understanding and relationship with Christ. My husband’s dear grandmother was a great example of living a Christ centered life. She continually showed me what it was like to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Some of my fondest memories are of us singing hymns together. I love to sing praises to God. My favorite form of worship is through songs of praise and thanksgiving. I hear His voice most through music and it brings me so much joy. My favorite verse is 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Raised from age six to eighteen, I was taught scripture by my parents and a grandmother in the manner of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. After the death of my thirty six year old father, I was 16, I began to question certain concepts of the Witness beliefs and doctrines of their organization. Too many parts didn’t fit and so at 18 years old I disassociated from the WTB&T Society and became a police officer. Firstly in the US Air Force and later for several non military police agencies. I sort of believed in Scripture and God and Christ Jesus— I continued to search for them, but only when convenient or when faced with imminent danger but not much further once safe. My life crumbled just after the birth of my son. I lost my first wife and son to divorce. I lost my career because of poor judgement. I failed in business and couldn’t hold a job. And I lost myself— in tears I prayed. I begged for forgiveness and another chance. I was parked in front of the old Clovis Post office on fifth street. It was October 1986. I was suddenly aware of a warmth around me and as if a light had been switched on from my soul’s center I found forgiveness. I was born again and I continued praying and searching for Him and I found a new life and new purpose and I still seek Him in all I do. All has been given back to me in much greater amounts than I had ever had. And my life is full. Thanks be to such a merciful Lord and Savior.
I became a Christian 30 years ago and have been in children’s ministry and teaching for 20 years. My husband and I have also been foster parents to over 60 children the past 10 years. Children have always been my passion. That has been God’s calling in my life. I have been blessed by God for having a role in so many children’s life to instill God’s truths.
I was raised in a loving Christian home. When I was 8 years old, I realized I needed a personal relationship with Jesus and I accepted Him as my Savior. There have been many ups and downs in my relationship with Jesus but through it all, He has remained faithful to me. My life verse is found in Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
I asked Jesus in my heart when I was 6 years old. God blessed me with a beautiful Christian family. There have been times when God has touched my heart and drawn me closer to Him. While a young mother, a friend encouraged me to have a daily quiet time with God. I still meet with God daily. I praise, listen, and tell Him my concerns. I ask for His help. He is truly the foundation of the decisions I make. Another milestone in my walk was when I read a book about giving every part of yourself to God; your feet, hands, words, thoughts, actions…all of it. Psalm 33:16-17 says, “A king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength. The war horse is a vain hope for victory, and by its great might it cannot save.” I thank God for his love, mercy, and grace. Because of these gifts, I am able to teach with His power.
I was born in Texas but raised most of my life in Carlsbad, NM. God called me to move
to Portales after graduation and the very first time I set foot in Portales was the day I moved
there in 2013. That day I met the pastor of what is now my home church which is Trinity
Assembly of God. When I came to the church for the first time, I had no doubt in my mind that
this church was the reason He had called me here. I was baptized and began serving
immediately. All these years later and I am now a staff pastor for the church leading our young
adult ministry WAKE. It is one of the greatest privileges that He has blessed me with. I am also a
church coordinator for The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. I look forward to what He
has in store for me in ministry and trust that He is just getting started in my life.
I was raised in a Catholic family but was not particularly religious until I reached high
school. I attended Clovis Christian schools from 2003 to 2012. At Clovis Christian Schools
is where my relationship with God really had a stable foundation. At Clovis Christian, I
learned about God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. I was part of various leadership
groups within the student body such as the Praise and Worship team. I fully accepted
Jesus Christ as my Savior and asked the Holy Spirit to enter me and work through me on
December 16, 2011. Since then God has led me across the world spreading His Gospel.
Now, God has led me back to my alma mater to influence the new youth. I want the
students to experience and feel God move in their lives as I did when I attended this
My parents were divorced when I was a baby, the youngest of three children my mom supported as a single parent. As I grew older, I attended church services and camps with friends and learned about God’s love. My mom later married a man who took us all to a Baptist church. One Sunday when I was nine years old, I went forward at our children’s church service and accepted Jesus into my heart as Lord and Savior, and was later baptized. I attended church off and on throughout my teenage years, but always felt like God was with me, even when I didn’t want Him to be. I later went to college at ENMU in Portales and became very involved with the Baptist Student Union and Christian Campus House. I also began attending church on a regular basis and teaching Sunday School to junior high girls. My relationship with the Lord grew stronger, He never gave up on me. I love our Heavenly Father and want to share His amazing love and grace with others. Life is not perfect, but it is easier to handle the tough times knowing God loves and cares for His people.
In many ways, my testimony is the testimony of many. A sinner saved by grace. I was met by
God’s grace my sophomore year of college. God had graciously allowed my life to become
miserable and unbearable in my sin and self-righteousness. It proved to be the garden in which
grace could finally take root and flourish. I was confronted with the radical truth that I cannot
do anything to change my condition and state of heart. I was left with the choice of receiving
God’s free gift of salvation and the righteousness Christ offered me by faith, or continue on my
miserable and destructive path.
I responded to the invitation to receive what Christ had accomplished on Calvary’s cross.
Several months later I fully surrendered my will to His and have now been in pastoral ministry
for the last 16 years, working with both youth, college and adults. I am currently the preaching
pastor at Waypoint Christian Church, a young church plant in Clovis, and love teaching God’s
Word and ministering to people.
I pursued my Seminary degree in Apologetics, Philosophy and Scientific Apologetics from
Southern Evangelical Seminary, and enjoy getting to use that material every week with the
students at Clovis Christian, teaching the Worldview class. I look forward to the next generation
being equipped to meet the challenges of this day and culture, and feel privileged to have a
small role in preparing these students for that great work.
I grew up going to the Methodist church, and was baptized when I was 16. As I grew older I grew away from God and the church, I was a sophomore in college before I started going back to church regularly. My cousin was involved at the WTAMU-Wesley foundation on campus and encouraged me to come to Tupos with her on Wednesday nights and small groups on Mondays, once I started I realized how much my soul had missed it. One night I was having quiet time in my room and I was having a really hard time spiritually knowing if I was on the right path or not. I continued to ask God for a sign to know if He saw me, and the effort I was putting forward. As I was praying for some reason I decided to open my old childhood bible, as I did a cut out from an old church bulletin fell out on my lap, It was Luke 15:6. “Rejoice with me for I have found my sheep that was lost.” At that moment, I knew he was speaking directly to me, I had been lost for many years, and that was when I rededicated my life to God.
Growing up in my house was not easy. My mother is a Methodist and my dad is Jewish. My dad was not a big church person, so I attended with my mom and big brother. We celebrated Hanukkah with my dad, and he would sometimes celebrate Christmas with us. One day as I was getting home, God prompted me to ask my dad about his God and he said to me, “Sweetheart I do not believe in a God at all anymore.” This broke my heart and although I still went to church, I could no longer come and tell him about what I had learned as he would just get upset. Still, I wanted to learn more about God and his church. However the more I learned, the more I did not understand. As I began dating my now wonderful husband, he was willing to go with me to church and we began to grow in our
church and our lives. The more things we did in in faith the more we grew in our church it seemed. We had become comfortable in God, “not to hot or too cold” but comfortable. Fast forward a few years, we were blessed with a daughter, and I was working at FUMC in the after-school programs. One day while I was working with my boss, we had very long talk about faith. This was a reminder of my struggles that I was still having with my faith. This particular afternoon she asked me, “Do you know how much God loves you and cares for you?” I answered, “I think so.” My true walk began as I gained the tools to become a true Christian. Christ has restored my faith and I now share my love for the Lord with everyone.
Being raised in a catholic family surrounded by faith is a beautiful thing. I know I would not be the person I am today without my church family and parochial school experiences. I’m incredibly grateful to have God as such an essential component in my life
My siblings and I were raised in The Assemblies of God church. I lost my father when I was ten years old but God blessed me with an amazing mother for thirty-one years of my life. She was strong when times were tough and instilled the love of Christ on us. I only hope and pray that I have been half the mother to my children as she was to us. Ever since I asked Jesus to take control of my life, my eyes have been opened and I recognize His presence everywhere. Every day, God gives me the power to turn away from my sin. I’m not perfect, but I am now a radically different person. I don’t trust in my own efforts anymore because I know that God will take care of me. I just trust in Jesus and tell others about Him because of all the joy He’s given me.
I was raised by a mother who took me to church services regularly, spoke about God often and much to my chagrin sang hymns and songs of praise whenever the mood struck her. Even in the middle of a store. This taught me though that our love for Christ should never be hidden or something we are ashamed of and for that I am grateful. It has helped me be open about my faith in Christ and desire to be like Him.
I realized at the age of 13 that I needed to be baptized for the forgiveness of my sins. The depth of commitment I made wasn’t fully understood though and I struggled to heed God’s words of caution as I faced life’s temptations and challenges. I spent too long thinking I could love Him fully without following His commandments.
Marriage and children became large influencers of my relationship with God as I kept going to Him for guidance. I grew closer to Him as my worldly life crumbled and I found peace, joy and hope. He comforted me and never forsook me despite knowing the choices I would soon be making. When life delivered another painful blow my Christian walk suffered. I spent a long time angry and confused and feeling abandoned by God, unsure of where I went wrong or how.
It has been a long journey full of self discovery, painful mistakes, anger, tears and then finally hope of a mended and beautiful life. All of it leading me here. This town and this school. There is still a great deal I do not understand and have not reconciled, but through it all the Lord has been patient, gracious, merciful, standing always with His arms outstretched waiting for me to come home. God is near to the afflicted and He mends our broken hearts. I hope to be a testimony and light to others who find themselves wondering where God went during their trials. My desire is to help point them to the evidence that God never left their side.
I was raised a Baptist. My mother was a Sunday school teacher and my father was a man who
worshiped God in his own way. He didn’t believe in sitting in church with those who partied on
Saturday and all decked out in church on Sunday. His church was Gods great outdoors. I was
baptized at an early age but turned from my faith at 16 after my brother was killed. After a
few years of being angry and running from what I knew was right, God brought me back to
where I needed to be. I’m not perfect I make a lot of mistakes but I know I am a child of God, he’s
my savior and will forgive me. He will never leave me nor forsake me.
I was very fortunate to grow up in a Christian home. Growing up, we struggled as a family to find a church home that we all agreed on. However, in 6th grade, I came home from school one day and told my mom, “That’s it! I want to go to the Christian school.” I am not even sure how I knew there was a Christian school in town, but my mom drove me there and made me go in by myself to get a brochure for her. I didn’t know it then, but I later recognized that was God calling me. A few years later, I was baptized at the church with my cousins. My mom is an amazing woman and did all she could to raise me right, and pay for me to go to school at CCS. I was fortunate enough to graduate from Clovis Christian Schools and I am proud to be an Eagle! I went on to get my degree from Texas Tech and taught in Texas for a few years. Then, I felt God pulling me back to Clovis; even though I tried to argue with Him, He of course won and now I am back in Clovis. That year was a whirlwind! My friend asked me to join her at a new church in town. I agreed to go and immediately fell right into place there. I started going to the women’s Bible study and group nights with some other members. I even took the membership class and joined officially. I now help lead our group Bible study and before Covid-19 volunteered with the elementary students on Sundays. My journey with Christ has not been perfect, I am still working on listening to what He is calling me to do. One thing I know for sure is that I love teaching and I love the Lord.
When someone asks me how long I’ve known God, I say I feel like I have always known God. He has been a constant presence in my life. I remember that when I was 6 years old, I walked down the aisle at my church and asked Jesus into my heart. He has guided me through my entire life. No matter what has happened to me, Jesus is my stable force in a crazy world of uncertainties. Although I have doubted many things and question many things in my life, the one sure thing that has been is that God is good all the time. He will never leave me or forsake me. He is my Father and my Friend. I know that He leads me in everything I do so long as I am listening to that still small voice inside of me. I have often wondered how anyone can live in this world without the amazing presence of God in their life. My hope is that I am able to share the love of God with people whom I come in contact. I truly believe that God has led me to this school. It is my desire to inspire children to understand the wonderful goodness of God. That no matter what, God is always faithful, and His love for us is endless. To sum up my beliefs, my new found favorite songs by Jenn Johnson states, “All my life You have been faithful. All my life You have been so, so good. With every breath that I am able, oh, I will sing of the goodness of God.”
Growing up I was raised from 18 months old to 5 years of age with a loving caring aunt who taught me about God, to never give up and always forgive. Then when I moved to California with my mom and step dad at the age of 5 life was not easy, I saw things a child should never see , then my step dad decided it was time for change and we started going to church ( the best thing to happen to me growing up with them) .
God has always been my strength and has been there for me. I was baptized in Hardesty, Oklahoma at the Baptist Church, when I was in Jr high school and attended church every Sunday morning, night and Wednesday. I was part of a youth group, and I also helped with leading vacation bible school with several of my other classmates. Attended church camps and have always kept him close to me and I have instilled the love of God and church into all three of my girls.
If it was not for God I would not be where I am today. He has blessed me with three beautiful, loving, caring daughters, three grandbabies and one awesome husband who I feel was sent from God.
While I grew up going to church, I did not become a Christian until later in my life. I had never heard of salvation through Jesus Christ. I knew He died for my sins, but I thought that all I had to do was try to be good, and I would go to heaven. I thought I was a good person because I didn’t drink or do drugs, I hadn’t killed anyone, and I tried to obey the law. But I was filled with anger, bitterness, and hatred, and I was on the verge of divorcing my husband. I knew something was missing in my life. I cried out for God to show me how to do His will, and He heard my cries. I gave my life to Jesus Christ on May 13, 2003 in Hampton, Virginia. He instantly filled my heart will joy and peace. He changed my heart towards my husband and saved my marriage. He healed me from sickness. He brought me to Clovis, NM and Clovis Christian School. I am forever grateful. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” 1 John 1:9
When I was a child, I went to VBS, but they told my mom to keep me home because I asked too many questions. After that, I was not interested in God until my son discovered the love of Christ in his life. My son’s example lead me to discover the true love of Christ, and I gave my life over to Him.
God blessed me with a loving Christian family. My parents and I began attending church regularly when I
was 7 years old. I was baptized not long after and began my walk with the Lord. I grew up in church and
it was through serving in my local church that God revealed to me the call to be an educator. My walk
was further deepened in adulthood, where I really began to study Scripture and mature spiritually. The
Lord blessed me with 3 beautiful children and He has continued to strengthen me and mature me as an
educator through parenthood! I could not be more grateful for the opportunity to minister to children
and their families in the classroom and I pray that God would continue to use me to be a light for Him.