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Joseph Bunce, BCNM executive director, and his wife, Sharon, introduced new staff members from churches across the state at the 2017 BCNM Annual Meeting at First Baptist Church, Bloomfield.

Every Baptist Convention of New Mexico Annual meeting includes an opportunity for new church staff who are in attendance to introduce themselves. At some meetings, the line stretches off the platform and almost to the rear of the room. In other years, the line is shorter.

Before Executive Director Joseph Bunce's report on Tuesday evening of this year's meeting, he asked new church staff who had arrived on the field in New Mexico since last year's convention to come up on stage and briefly introduce themselves, tell what church they are serving and a little bit about their ministry. Nine new ministers lined up to cross the stage. Bunce and his wife, Sharon greeted each individual, couple, or family as they exited the platform.

Below are photos of this year's new staff. Other churches welcomed new staff members, but they did not attend the annual meeting. Only those attending are pictured here.

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Each year at the Annual Meeting, the BCNM welcomes church ministerial staff members who are new to the state. Derick Wilson, minister of worship arts, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Farmington, and his wife, Beverly, are returning to New Mexico for ministry after several years of serving in the Northeastern United States. He began May 1, 2017.

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Each year at the Annual Meeting, the BCNM welcomes church ministerial staff members who are new to the state. Stephen Baum, First Baptist Church, West Albuquerque, explains that he has become pastor of the church where he was raised, after serving there. He and his wife, Nikkie, are parents of three daughters.

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Each year at the Annual Meeting, the BCNM welcomes church ministerial staff members who are new to the state. Daniel Elias, worship pastor, First Baptist Church, Bloomfield, moved to New Mexico March 15, 2017. His wife and two children joined him a few months later after the school year ended.

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Each year at the Annual Meeting, the BCNM welcomes church ministerial staff members who are new to the state. Calvary Southern Baptist Church, Bloomfield, called Philip Coleman to serve as pastor, after he served as interim. He and his wife, Dana, have two children.

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Each year at the Annual Meeting, the BCNM welcomes church ministerial staff members who are new to the state. Lindrith Baptist Church called James Benshoof to serve as pastor in May 2016. He and his wife, Ruth, are parents of four grown children.

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Each year at the Annual Meeting, the BCNM welcomes church ministerial staff members who are new to the state. Mayhill Baptist Church called Matt Henslee to serve as pastor in April 2017. He and his wife, Rebecca, are parents of four daughters.

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Each year at the Annual Meeting, the BCNM welcomes church ministerial staff members who are new to the state. Calvary Baptist Church, Alamogordo, called Raymond Derrick to serve as pastor in July 2017. He and his wife, Jan, have two children.

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Each year at the Annual Meeting, the BCNM welcomes church ministerial staff members who are new to the state. Central Baptist Church, Clovis, called Michael Kirby to serve as pastor. Michael and his wife, Heather, have two children.

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Each year at the Annual Meeting, the BCNM welcomes church ministerial staff members who are new to the state. Pedro Ramirez-Flota is serving as church planter/pastor at Nueva Esperanza, Deming, along with his wife, Dollybeth Chacon-Valverde.

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Each year at the Annual Meeting, the BCNM welcomes church ministerial staff members who are new to the state. First Baptist Church, Santa Fe, called Reed Redus as pastor. Reed and his wife, Amy, have two children. He began serving the church July 2, 2017.

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