Thirteen Associations choose to affiliate with the Baptist Convention of New Mexico.  Associations are defined either by geography or by affinity.

Each association has its own leadership and contact information. 

John Torrison

John Torrison

John Torrison, Director of Misisons
2517 Wyoming Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87112
FAX 505-292-8638

The Central Baptist Association representing nearly 40% of the population of New Mexico, with its over seventy churches and missions, reflects the diversity expected from a geographical area that includes metropolitan, suburban and rural. Its churches and missions range in attendance from 10 to 2000 plus, are traditional to postmodern and rural to inner-city. Nineteen of them are ethnic/language congregations that worship in at least six languages. Central Association seeks to serve these churches and missions with the priorities of church development, starting new works, cooperative missions and evangelism.

Dan Pearce

Dan Pearce

Dan Pearce, Director of Missions
1100 W. Manana
Clovis, NM 88101

Dennis Harris, Moderator
PO Box 40
San Antonio,  NM 87832

From the Rio Grande Valley to the Arizona border, from the Gila National Forest to the Cibola County line, Mountain Baptist Association is along Highway 60, with branches to Alamo and Reserve.  Mountain Baptist Association consists of six churches and one seasonal preaching point.

Gary Buckner

Gary Buckner

Gary Buckner, Director of Missions
1328 Scenic Drive
Alamogordo, NM 88310

The Mountain Valley Baptist Association consists of 23 churches and 1 mission in Lincoln and Otero counties of south-central New Mexico. Originally Lincoln Association (founded in 1887) it is the oldest association in New Mexico founded even before the BCNM. With a great diversity of churches and missions,the association serves congregations in small mountain communities to larger churches with different cultural, ethnic and social groups including the large military community of Holloman Air Force Base and White Sands Missile Range. Although the population of southern New Mexico is not exploding as some other parts of the state, there is a steady increase of growth that demands a continual witness for Jesus Christ. Acts 1:8 is our theme as we are on mission for the Lord at home and around the world.

John Spruill, Moderator
PO Box 279
Maxwell, NM 87728

The Northeastern Baptist Association is made up of 13 churches and 1 preaching point. NEBA covers 16,360 square miles with a population of 54,326 people. That is 3.32 people per square mile. The population is 67% Hispanic, 31% Anglo, and 2% other. The median income for our association is $27, 173. NEBA has beautiful mountains and rolling grasslands. We have ski slopes and recreation areas, lakes, fishing, and ranching. We have one major university, New Mexico Highlands University and one technical school, Luna Vocational School. We have The Armand Hammer United World College of the American West which has 50 American students and 200 foreign students. NEBA was organized in 1908. Many of the communities of Northeastern Baptist Association have been here since the days of the Santa Fe Trail.

Fred Mac Donald

Fred MacDonald, Director of Missions

Pecos Valley Baptist Association
304 N. 7th (Mail to: Box 267, 88211)
Artesia, NM 88210
FAX 575-746-6264

Pecos Valley Baptist Association is located in the heart of the Pecos Valley in Artesia, New Mexico. We consist of 33 churches, one preaching point and three outreach centers. We are currently in the process of beginning an additional preaching point. Pecos Valley Baptist Association stretches from Roswell to Loving, encompassing all of Chaves and Eddy counties. Our outreach centers, located in Roswell, Artesia and Carlsbad meet the physical and spiritual needs of those in their communities who are hurting and searching for answers. Our outreach centers have reported over 55 professions of faith this year. PVBA, along with BCNM, organized, built and furnished the first Disaster Relief feeding unit in New Mexico. Our feeding unit is now capable of preparing 8,000 hot meals a day. We also have a state-of-the-art shower unit that provided six shower stalls and one laundry unit. Once a quarter, the administrative staff of PVBA provides specialized training to the ministry assistants of our association. This training is also open to administrative assistants from all local and surrounding communities, churches and businesses. Visit us at our website at

James Underwood

James Underwood

James Underwood, Director of Missions
Box 453
Las Cruces, NM 88004
FAX 575-522-0257

The Rio Grande Baptist Association is located in Las Cruces (Spanish for City of the Crosses). Our city is nestled in the fertile Mesilla Valley, between the Organ Mountains and the banks of the Rio Grande. We are located at the crossroads of Interstate 10 and 25. Las Cruces blends a unique variety of cultures, historical sites and enjoys 350 days of sunshine per year. We are quickly becoming a popular southwestern destination. The city of Las Cruces has a population of 78,000 people with surrounding Dona Ana County having a population of 175,000. We were one of Inc. Magazines top 20 “Boomtowns” in 2007 and in previous years been rated one of the “Best Small Metro Area to do Business” by Forbes/Milken Institute, one of the “Best College Towns to Retire” by Money Magazine and one of the “Dream Towns to Retire” by AARP. Our association consists of 30 churches and missions from Anthony to Truth or Consequences along I-25. James Underwood is the part-time Director of Missions and Pastor of Primera Iglesia Bautista. For 40 years we have sponsored the Small World Friendship Literacy Program which is considered the oldest volunteer English literacy program in the area.

Eric Frye

Eric Frye

Eric Frye, Director of Missions
1010 Ridgeway Place
Farmington, NM 87401
FAX 505-327-0604

The San Juan Baptist Association is a cooperating network of 34 Southern Baptist churches, on mission, to communicate the Good News about Jesus Christ. From the Navajo communities around the Four Corners Monument, to Chama, NM in the Rocky Mountains to the east, and southward across the Eastern Navajo Checkerboard country, our churches resource each other and share fellowship in the Gospel.

In addition to our present member churches, we are presently partnering with the leaders of the Hogan Si’ Ani American Indian Cowboy Church near Mexican Water, AZ, the Rockin’ J Cowboy Church in Farmington, and the Tooh Worship Center in Shiprock as they plant new churches. The Korean American Church in Farmington is also in the process of being established.

Who We Are

Who we are, as peoples and communities, may be more important than any definition of our association. We reflect the many differing cultures of the Four Corners Area and Northern New Mexico. Our churches are multi-cultural,New Mexico-style gatherings of believers – in our cities, villages, and countryside locations. Included in our primary mission field are the 15 congregations that minister to the peoples of the Navajo and Jicarilla Apache Nations.

The Santa Fe Baptist Association is comprised of churches and congregations in North central New Mexico, including Rio Arriba County, Los Alamos County, Santa Fe, and Taos County. We are a family of culturally diverse congregations working together to fulfill the purposes of the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.

Danny Kirkpatrick


Danny Kirkpatrick, Associational Coordinator
5512 Lovington Highway
Hobbs, NM 88240
FAX 575-392-1564

Don Turnage, Director of Missions
PO Box 2926
Silver City, NM 88062


The Southwestern Baptist Association is comprised of 14 churches, 3 mission congregations, and 2 preaching points, spreading across southwest New Mexico. Our churches and missions minister to a diverse group of people in Grant, Hidalgo, Catron and Luna counties. Southwestern Association exists to assist Southwestern Baptist Association churches in carrying out the Great Commission. As we partner together we are able to support a variety of ministries that build up believers and reach the lost world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Dan Pearce

Dan Pearce

Dan Pearce, Director of Missions
PO Box 581
Tucumcari, NM 88401

The Tucumcari Baptist Association has been in existence since 1918. We have seen many changes during this time…some good, some not so good…but God has blessed us richly and we endeavor to continue bring glory to His name. We conducted an association mission trip to one of the North American Mission Board focus cities, Philadelphia. We did a revival, VBS, and follow up on professions of faith. We will help support the student ministries director on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania this coming year.

We continue to find ways to help build the Kingdom of God and grow His people into loving, caring individuals that are more concerned about His work than their needs. Several such individuals exist in our churches and we praise God for them. Most of our churches, despite their small numbers, find ways to reach people with the Good News and minister to the hurting.

The following are some of the things we try to accomplish as an association:

1. To promote fellowship among the churches.

2. To assist churches in ways that will facilitate the enrichment and effectiveness of their programs.

3. To create the climate and support of the churches in all the missionary ventures of faith. Evangelism and missions are at the heart of these efforts.

4. To promote training for the leaders of the churches.

5. To challenge the churches to serve the community with innovative ways of meeting the needs of the people.

6. Develop ministries in areas where needs are not being met, such as in jails/prisons nursing homes, to truckers, homeless, children, lonely adults and any other group that has been neglected by the community.

Box 2496
Milan, NM 87021

The Western Baptist Association is located in Gallup, New Mexico. Our primary mission points are located on the Navajo, Zuni and Laguna-Acoma Nations. We presently have 16 churches and missions with five being Native American.