ALBUQUERQUE (BNM) – Krista Peterson, the Baptist Convention of New Mexico’s children’s ministry specialist, resigned effective June 30, 2020. BCNM Executive Director Joseph Bunce announced her departure to the State Mission Board on May 22. Peterson joined the BCNM’s missionary staff in July 2008.
In 2008, Peterson stepped into a newly created position at the BCNM as the associate director of children’s and women’s ministry on the Leadership Development Team. There, she provided training throughout the year for preschool and children workers and assisted churches with Vacation Bible School. She organized and planned all children-focused summer camps and oversaw the State Bible Drill and Speaker’s Tournament.
Peterson also responded to church requests for training in preschool and children’s areas, ministry policies, and child safety and security. During her tenure, she launched the Young Lives Ablaze Conference held each spring. Many children have received salvation through programs Peterson designed uniquely for them. As the women’s ministry director, she planned and coordinated annual women’s events.
Before serving with the BCNM, Peterson previously served 11 years as minister to children at Sandia Baptist Church, Albuquerque. She was the church’s first children’s ministry staff person. In addition to her children’s ministry responsibilities at Sandia, Peterson also participated in and helped with the church’s women’s ministry. She served on the BCNM’s leadership team for VBS and Bible study. She served as Central Baptist Association’s VBS director and planned and directed children’s camps for the BCNM.
Baptized at the age of 8, Peterson sensed the call to serve God full time four years later at a Girls in Action summer camp. Peterson graduated from Sandia High School, Albuquerque. She earned a Bachelor of Behavioral Science degree in elementary education (1992) from Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Texas. She also earned a Master of Arts degree in religious education (1988) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas.
While attending seminary, Peterson held two teaching positions. She was a first-grade teacher at a day school in Fort Worth, Texas, and a kindergarten teacher at a child development center in Arlington, Texas. She also interned with the minister of children at First Baptist Church, Arlington.
Peterson will continue using her experience in and knowledge of children’s ministry as the director of children’s ministry for Sandia Presbyterian Church, Albuquerque.