CLOVIS (BNM) – As of Nov. 4, Eastern and Tucumcari Baptist Associations are under the new leadership of David McFadden.
The associations have been without an acting director of missions since the retirement of Dan Pearce on April 30, 2019. Pearce had served in that capacity since 2005.
A search committee was formed in May to begin searching for a new director. The committee consisted of six men, three from each association. Once the committee agreed and announced their candidate for the position to both associations, they also called for a joint association meeting on Oct. 15. The host for the meeting was Grady Baptist Church. The meeting intended that the candidate, David McFadden, would be elected as the next DOM for the two associations, and McFadden was elected to the leadership position by secret ballot. His official start date as the new DOM was Nov. 4.
According to the association's newsletter, "He's off to a running start!" McFadden presented his first three initiatives to the associations at the October meeting. The first one was to merge Tucumcari and Eastern Associations into one network of churches. The second initiative was to create a network of churches that connects member churches with resources, support, assistance, and opportunity for ministry and mission. And thirdly, the associations would become a network of churches that develops and maintains meaningful partnerships. Those partnerships would be with the New Mexico Baptist Children's Home, the Eastern New Mexico State University Christian Challenge and the Foundations of Faith Dairy Ministry. In his role, McFadden will serve the 42 congregations in the Portales, Clovis and Tucumcari areas.
McFadden became the pastor of First Baptist Church, Portales, on July 2, 2006, where he served until his election to his new position.
Following his graduation from New Mexico State University in 1977, McFadden attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. There he received a master of divinity degree in 1984 and a doctor of divinity degree in 1988.
McFadden and his wife, Donna, are both native New Mexicans. Together they have served churches in Arizona, Oklahoma and Texas, before returning to New Mexico.
The McFaddens have three children: Josh, and his wife, Tiffany, of Austin, Texas; Jeff and his wife, Laura, of New Braunfels, Texas; and Jill and her husband, Jeremy, of Conroe, Texas; and ten grandchildren.