The Singing Churchmen of the Baptist Convention of New Mexico are back together again, after a year off due to Covid-19 restrictions. The last time the group sang together was for the celebration of life for Clark Henderson, former worship pastor at Sandia Baptist Church, Albuquerque.
Henderson passed away unexpectedly a year ago. He had been an active member of the Singing Churchmen ministry.
John Torrison, Central Baptist Association’s director of missions, expressed, “We miss the fellowship, leadership, and friendship of Clark. He was an anchor to the group.” Mike Wright, associate pastor of worship at First Baptist Church, Artesia, said, “We miss him dearly.” Wright continued, “We celebrated Clark's life at Worship for Life Camp this summer. Clark had an influence in each of us.”
Henderson loved teaching and training the next generation of worshippers at Worship for Life Camp. Churches across New Mexico have been impacted by the training Henderson gave to students during Worship for Life Camp year after year. “When I grow up, I want to be like Clark,” Wright shared.
The Annual Meeting of the Baptist Convention of New Mexico was also the first time the Singing Churchmen have practiced together in the past year. Danny Marsh, minister of music and media at First Baptist Church of West Albuquerque, expressed that he was “looking forward to ministering to the convention during the Annual Meeting.”
Marsh said has enjoyed fellowship with the other Churchmen member again. He also spoke about being “pleased to have Craig leading us.” “Craig” is Craig Sundheimer, associate pastor of music ministries at First Baptist Church, Rio Rancho. He has taken the role of director for the Singing Churchmen. Torrison also mentioned the excitement the group felt about Sundheimer's leadership. The Churchmen’s previous director, Lamar Morin, left his position as the BCNM’s Leadership Development Team leader and as director of the Churchmen to become the lead pastor at Hoffmantown Church, Albuquerque.
Group members said the Churchmen are looking forward to planning rehearsals and concerts in the spring of 2022.