New Mexico Baptist Disaster Relief has been asked to provide a child care crew and our child care trailer to serve in a shelter in the Houston, TX area. I have a Blue Hat. I need the following to depart September 8th to a yet to be determined shelter location in Houston. You would serve through September 15th and then return to New Mexico. Please see the volunteer needs below and respond to me ASAP if you are able to deploy on September 8th. Please remember to be flexible and fluid and things are changing quickly.

I will not deploy this crew if we do not have at least one man to deploy; more is even better.

1. Child Care Workers (6-8) (Men and Women are needed)
2. Chaplain to be imbedded with our child care crew
3. Someone with a truck to pull the child care trailer – This person will stay in Houston and serve where needed.

Texas is counting on us. Please let me know ASAP if you can go with this crew. This may be the first group from New Mexico to go into the Houston area. Once we have a crew, logistics information will be sent out.


In response to the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey in the Gulf Coast, Baptist Convention of New Mexico Disaster Relief has scheduled the following trainings throughout our state.

It is important to attend one of these trainings if you want to deploy with New Mexico Baptist Disaster Relief. There are reasons for you to attend training.

First, these short, informative trainings will quickly prepare you with information you will need on a disaster site. This information allows you to be effective when working with the local agencies coordinating the relief efforts.

Second, following the training, you will complete the steps necessary to receive your New Mexico Baptist Disaster Relief (SBC) badge. This badge identifies you to local officials such as SBC Disaster Relief leaders, FEMA, and other emergency management personnel as a trained, vetted volunteer with New Mexico Baptist Disaster Relief.

If you have questions, please contact the BCNM’s Mission Mobilization office at (505) 924-2315 or (800) 898-8544.

DR Basic Training Sites

Alamogordo, First Baptist Church
September 5, 6:00 p.m
RSVP to Kyle Bueermann
(575) 437-5510 kyle@fbcalamo.com

Albuquerque, Del Norte Baptist Church
September 7, 6:00 p.m.
RSVP to Ira Shelton
(505) 934-4751 or disasterrelief@bcnm.com

Albuquerque, Hoffmantown Church
September 11, 6:00 p.m.
RSVP to Wynn Smith
(505) 235-8322 or Kc5dt@aol.com

Artesia, Pecos Valley Baptist Association
September 5, 6:30 p.m.
RSVP to Cathy Pennington
Call or text (575) 746-7951 or email mertz_2@hotmail.com

Bloomfield, San Juan Baptist Association
September 8, 6:00 p.m.
Training held at 70 CR 4980, Bloomfield, NM 87413.
RSVP to Sheri Vaughn
Text (505) 330-2092 or email sheri@teamhalo.us

Clovis, Central Baptist Church
September 9, 9:00 a.m.
RSVP to Elaine Williford
(575) 714-7788 or easternbaptist6@gmail.com

Portales, First Baptist Church
September 7, 6:00 p.m.
RSVP to Elaine Williford
(575) 714-7788 or easternbaptist6@gmail.com

Santa Fe, First Baptist Church
September 9, 11:00 a.m.
RSVP to Susan Gray
(505) 670-9625 or sograynm@gmail.com

Taos, First Baptist Church
September 10, 2:00 p.m.
RSVP to Jeo Oiesen
(575) 770-1189 or jeo@newmex.com

Tucumcari, First Baptist Church
September 5, 6:00 p.m.
RSVP to Elaine Williford
(575) 714-7788 or easternbaptist6@gmail.com

New Mexico Baptist Disaster Relief is one of 42 State Conventions along with Baptist Global Response and the Canadian Convention that comprises Southern Baptist Disaster Relief.  Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is the second largest disaster response organization that exists to help victims of natural and man-made disasters—such as floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires and terrorist attacks in North America and overseas. The ministry of SBDR has grown out of the natural desire for Christians to reach out in love and action, meeting the urgent needs of hurting people in crises. Perhaps the logo itself says it best. The arch of the Southern Baptist Convention is our worldwide link. The wheat is a symbol of physical help, and the fish is the symbol of spiritual help. Disaster-relief volunteers wear this logo proudly. God has blessed the ministry of disaster relief in New Mexico!

New Mexico Baptist Disaster Relief has the following resources:
Mobile Kitchens – 2
Mini Mobile Kitchen – 1
Heavy Equipment – 3
Mobile Generator – 1
Water Purification – 2
Mobile Shower/Laundry – 1
Mobile Communications – 1
Mobile Child Care – 1
Chaplain Team – 1
Incident Management Team -1
Assessment Team – 1
Mobile Clean Up – 3 (chainsaw, mud out, fire recovery)

Each of these resources need people in order for them to function. New Mexico Baptist Disaster Relief relies on its trained volunteers to respond when needed.

Guidelines for Disaster Relief Volunteers:
All DR volunteers must be trained and/or certified in the area where they are working. Volunteers must be credentialed and have Disaster Relief photo identification badges issued by BCNM. DR volunteers are not required to be Southern Baptist, but must be a born again disciple of Jesus Christ. DR volunteers represent New Mexico Baptists and, as such, all DR volunteers agree to conduct themselves in a Christ-like manner at all times, and to adhere to the disaster relief policies set forth by the Baptist Convention of New Mexico. Failure to comply with any or part of this agreement will result in removal of DR credentials, and if on assignment, the volunteer may be sent home.

New Mexico Disaster Relief Organization:
Disaster Relief Ministry is coordinated through the Missions Mobilization Team of the BCNM. The DR organization is led by a State Director who is assisted by a management team, each member of which is responsible for a specific ministry area. Regional Coordinators lead in defined geographic areas of the state.

New Mexico Baptist DR State Director Ira Shelton
Deputy State Director Dick Ross
Disaster Relief Ministry Assistant Cricket Pairett
Associate State Director, Cleanup Don Davis
Associate State Director, Feeding Cathy Pennington
Associate State Director, Chaplaincy Jerry Minor
Associate State Director, Child Care & Mass Care Cricket Pairett
Associate State Director, Communications Wynn Smith
Associate State Director, Incident Command Ed Greene
Regional Coodinators
Southest Region Cathy Pennington
Mt. Valley Region Vacant
Northeast Region Vacant
Northwest Region Alan Vaughn
Southwest Region Vacant
Central Region John Torrison