ALBUQUERQUE (BNM) – Del Norte Baptist Church, Albuquerque, called Michael Vallandingham as their senior pastor on Sunday, June 28.
Vallandingham and his wife, Tara, have been married since 1994. They have six children. Two children are adults, and the couple adopted four children after being their foster parents. Jordon is their oldest daughter and is married to Nate Shipman. Jonathon is a sophomore at Spurgeon College/Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. The Vallandingham’s adopted two sets of siblings. They adopted one set, Abel (10) and Ruby (9), in 2016, after fostering them for three years. They adopted Samuel David (4) in 2018 and his sister, Hannah (2), in 2019.
Vallandingham grew up in a minister’s home. His father was the music, youth and education minister in a couple of Oklahoma churches. Vallandingham was saved at the age of eight and surrendered to full-time Christian service at the age of 17. He surrendered his life for ministry at Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center in Davis, Oklahoma. It was the summer between his junior and senior years of high school.
Vallandingham holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and History from Oklahoma Baptist University, Norman, Oklahoma. He attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, earning a Master of Divinity. He continued his education at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Kansas City, Missouri, where he received a Doctorate of Ministry in Church Revitalization.
Vallandingham has served Eastern Heights Baptist Church, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, as the senior pastor since 2010. Before that, he served as senior pastor at First Baptist Church, Wewoka, Oklahoma, from 2004-2010. From 1999-2004, he served as senior pastor at Vamoosa Baptist Church, Vamoosa, Oklahoma, and was the senior pastor at First Baptist Church, Wister, Oklahoma.
Other ministerial positions held were assistant chaplain for the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Oklahoma; bi-vocational pastor at First Baptist Church, Red Rock, Oklahoma; and part-time youth pastor at First Baptist Church, Greenfield, Oklahoma.
The family plans to move to Albuquerque and begin ministry at Del Norte on Aug. 2.