Glenn Strock

PECOS, New Mexico (BNM) – Glen Strock, pastor of Pecos Cowboy Church, Pecos, died April 25 at the age of 72. Strock was a pastor and an artist. Born in Fort Benning, Georgia, he grew up in Hampton, Virginia. 

Strock was a gifted artist, muralist and illustrator. One has only to look at a Glen Strock painting to capture the thought, the depth and the whimsicality of the man. He attended Virginia Commonwealth University to study art and studied at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. While in Mexico, Strock worked under an associate of famed muralist Diego Rivera, developing his unique style. Strock was known for illuminating biblical themes and scenes of the Southwest. La Familia Medical Center, Solano Court, and St. Michaels High School, all in Santa Fe, display his murals.

Showcasing Strock's illustrations are several books: "People's Guide to Mexico," "Four Square League: Pueblo Indian Land in New Mexico," "The Witches of Abiquiu," and "Land Grants and Lawsuits in Northern New Mexico."

Strock was instrumental in launching CareNet Pregnancy Center in Santa Fe/Española, a pro-life pregnancy center. He was well-known for quoting Scripture in legislative committee hearings at the New Mexico State Capitol, where he promoted pro-life legislation.

Strock attended, volunteered and helped administer several Santa Fe churches. He pastored Pecos Cowboy Church from his home for eight years. Strock knew that sharing the Word of God did not require a church building. 

Survivors include his wife, Alida, and their children: Joshua, Selma, Christy, Abel and Isaac, as well as daughters, Mary (Curtis), Tessa Gantt (Jeremy); two brothers, John and Carl (Julie); and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Colonel Alan Martin Strock and Gene Peterson Ames, his brother, David, and his daughter, Cora Caldwell.

Friends and family will celebrate Strock's life on May 30. A GoFundMe account to aid the family is available tiny.cc/strock.

Joy Pittman is circulation assistant with the Baptist New Mexican news journal and GoBNM.com, news and information outlets for the Baptist Convention of New Mexico.

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