History


Jemez Mountain Baptist Church is located in the Jemez Mountains west of Santa Fe, New Mexico nestled in a valley in La Cueva near the Valles Caldera. This mission was supported by the First Baptist Church of Los Alamos.

It was founded as a mission August 23, 1989 by Jon Marc and Debbie Church, sent by the Baptist Mission Board as U2 missionaries. They started meeting in homes and then in the La Cueva Fire Station. Bill McGarity pastored the mission from 1992 until his retirement in 1998 when Homer Southerland became interim pastor.

In July 2002, Eric Larson, a long time member of the mission, became pastor. He and his wife, Debbi, and three children minister to the families of La Cueva, Rancho de La Cueva, and Sierra Los Pinos.

The Mission constituted as a Church in January 2004 and began plans for a building. Land was purchased next to State Road 126 in La Cueva, a well was dug, and final plans were drawn up for the new building. In May of 2006 we dedicated and began services in our new church.