HOBBS (BNM) - On Sunday, Jan. 10, Taylor Memorial Baptist Church, Hobbs, ordained five young men to the Gospel ministry. According to TMBC Lead Pastor Zach Souter, the church has a long history of investing in the next generation of ministry leaders. The five newly ordained ministers are Colton Watkins, Mark Rohrer, Preston Bova, Jesse Gore, and Garrett Price.
In recent years, the church has refined its understanding of how to guide ministry candidates and has become more intentional with that guidance, he said. When someone expresses an interest in ministry, the church notices and acts. It offers discipleship and ministry experiences in that person’s interest area. Candidates also learn what vocational ministry means.
The church guided the current five young men through battles with doubt, confidence and mistakes. They studied God’s Word together and worked to become more consistent in their prayer lives. The church said that their personal study time increased, their insight deepened, and their vulnerability changed.
Colton Watkins, son of Beatrice and Dwayne Watkins of Mena, Arkansas, serves as youth minister at South Seminole Baptist Church, Seminole, Texas. His education includes studies at Liberty University and Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas. Watkins is in a dual program to receive his Bachelor degree in Christian studies and his Master of Divinity degree from Sioux Falls Seminary, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Watkins said he remembered coming to TMBC as a broken man. Through the time and love invested in him, the Lord healed him emotionally and spiritually.
Mark Rohrer is the son of Cris and Cyndi Rohrer of Lubbock, Texas. Mark is a student at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Yadi, are church planters of Redeemer Church, Odessa, Texas. About his time at TMBC, Mark says, “Being able to meet with the pastors and glean wisdom from them was priceless, preparing me to become a church planter. Watching the men of the church be Biblical fathers and husbands encouraged me to emulate them to make my marriage stronger.”
Preston Bova and his parents Craig and Lori Bova, attend Taylor Memorial Baptist Church. He is currently enrolled in Boyce College, Louisville, Kentucky, pursuing a Bachelor degree in worship and pastoral studies. He plans to continue his studies at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, pursuing a Master of Divinity degree. Bova said he saw the Lord’s faithfulness through his personal and spiritual highs and lows while during his discipleship experiences at TMBC.
Jesse Gore is following God’s calling to serve as a full-time worship pastor. He holds a Bachelor degree from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, and a Master of Music degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. His parents are Jesse and Penny Gore from Odessa, Texas. Jesse called his time at TMBC “a God-orchestrated opportunity” for him to experience the Lord’s sovereignty. He said those experiences clarified that leading God’s people in worship was God’s calling for him.
Garrett Price is pursuing God’s call to be a student pastor. He is the son of Glenn and Teri Price of Hobbs. Garrett grew up attending Taylor Memorial Baptist Church and currently leads the church’s student ministries. He plans to graduate from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Missouri, in 2022. He is working to earn a Bachelor degree in biblical studies and a Master of Divinity degree. Garrett said having mentors like the pastors, who taught and preached the Word and lived it, encouraged others to always look to Jesus.
The Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s director of student ministries, Sam Swann, presented a charge to the men. Buck Wheat, a former TMBC youth director and current pastor of South Seminole Baptist Church, Seminole, led a time of prayer.
Taylor Memorial Baptist Church encouraged the five young men, challenged them and allowed them to grow through opportunities to preach, teach, and lead various age and diverse groups. The Bible teaches, “… commit to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2). Prayer is one foundation upon which the five young ministers can gain confidence in their calling, can understand Scripture and biblical theology, learn how to shepherd people and overcome their mistakes. The congregation coveted to pray for their wisdom, protection, faithfulness and courage to do the right thing. The church also encourages them via texts, emails, letters, cards and messages on social media.