CARLSBAD (BNM) – Ed Buerkle, who has pastored in New Mexico for more than two decades, accepted the position of senior pastor at Otis First Baptist Church. He started his new ministry on Aug. 9.
For 20 years, Buerkle served as pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, Raton, until accepting the new pastorate in Carlsbad this summer. Before pastoring at Calvary, Buerkle served as senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Rochester, Texas.
Buerkle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical education from Florida Bible College in Hollywood, Florida. He earned his Master of Divinity degree with Biblical languages from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas.
Buerkle is a bi-vocational pastor. Besides pastoring the church, he drives a school bus for the Carlsbad Public Schools. While in Raton, Buerkle drove buses for the Raton Public Schools and the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron during the summer months.
Buerkle, and his wife, Sheralyn, have been married 43 years. They are the parents of three children: Nathan Buerkle (Mary Jane) of Haskell, Texas, Joey Buerkle (Chanel) of Jayton, Texas and Karin Toscano (Jesse) of Zephyrhills, Florida. The couple has six grandchildren: Jesse Jr., Madison, Michael, Ariel, Tabitha and Amelia.
“As a Southern Baptist minister, I affirm the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message.” Buerkle wrote in his résumé. “I believe very strongly in the Cooperative Program, especially in giving toward missions.”