ALBUQUERQUE (BNM) - Dennis G. Dunn, II, celebrated 25 years as pastor of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, Albuquerque, during a formal banquet May 17.
The black-tie affair - billed as Pastor and First Lady Dunn’s 25th Anniversary Gala - was held at Albuquerque’s Marriott Uptown and featured dinner, dancing, and entertainment by musician Phil French and comedian Marcus D. Wiley, according to an event announcement released by the church.
The anniversary celebration continued through the weekend, with a 25th Anniversary Celebration Service on Sunday, May 19 at the church. Attendees were encouraged to dress in silver and black.
Dunn and his wife, Laverne, began serving at FMBC in 1992, two years after moving to Albuquerque. The church describes itself as a “multicultural congregation with a local and foreign missions focus,” which echoes its mission statement: “The church without walls, going in a new direction.”
Highlights of Dunn’s tenure include the founding of First Fruits Christian Academy in 2003, and two major expansions of the church’s worship facilities, including a 23,000 square foot Family Life Worship Center in 2007, which also houses the academy. According to its website, FMBC currently has “over 28 ministries serving Albuquerque’s west side communities.”
In addition to local ministry expansion, Dunn has led the church on several mission trips and partnerships. According to its website, “FMBC’s mission team has ministered in Guyana, South America; Hong Kong, China; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; San Pedro Sula, Honduras; Managua, Nicaragua; and Belize, Central America. Working side by side with local villagers, church members, and community workers, FMBC missionaries have taught and shared the love of Jesus Christ in communities and prisons to local and high-ranking government officials while helping repair church buildings and feeding the poor. FMBC also supports Compassion International Ministries, which organizes and directs the financial support and sponsorship of thousands of children, abroad.” Stateside, FMBC supports Albuquerque-based organizations Project Share and Noon Day Ministries.
According to his biography, Dunn’s “fervent hope and steadfast faith in God compels him to continue to lead and partner with the FMBC family to reach higher heights and do greater works for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”