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Women's Fall Bible Study
Sep. 9/10 - Nov. 18/19, 2014

Leadership


Elders
In the New Testament Scriptures, the leaders of the local church are variously called elders, pastors, and overseers. The words are used interchangeably in Scripture (see Acts 20:25-32; 1 Peter 5:1-2) to show that the leadership of the church should be a single-layer structure of godly men, accountable to each other, the Scriptures, and, of course, ultimately to God. Together this "multitude of counselors" (Proverbs 24:6) shepherd the flock of God, spiritually and practically.

This means that elders are pastors and pastors are elders, though some are paid for their time given to the church and some are not (1 Timothy 5:17); some are freed up from external jobs, able to devote full-time work to the ministry, and some juggle full-time jobs with their shepherding responsibilities. Some elder-pastors will serve in more prominent roles (such as the teaching ministry), while others will serve less in less visible areas. With a variety of gifts, each elder offers a unique contribution to his specific area of ministry. Regardless of each elder's role and prominence, the New Testament models a plurality of equal leaders.
Tim Bradley
Tim Bradley
Counseling/Children/Family
Elder and Staff

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I have lived in Albuquerque for most of my life, but took an eight year detour through Las Cruces where I spent three years in school at New Mexico State University, worked, married, and lived life with my wife, friends, and church family. I returned to Albuquerque in the fall of 1996, earned my BBA from the University of New Mexico, worked, watched our family grow, and have lived here ever since. I am the seventh of eight children with two older sisters, four older brothers, and one younger brother. I was saved by God's grace and calling in my first semester at NMSU, and grew by grace through participation in campus ministries and the local church. I am humbled and blessed to have walked with the Lord for twenty years now, and serve Him in my family, community, and DSC. I married my incredible wife, Marce, in the summer of 1995, and we have been blessed with five children. Our oldest is deceased, then we have four in the home: son Kade, daughter Addison, son Quinn, and son Tate, "The fruit of the womb is a reward" (Psalm 127:3b). We love outdoor activities, light saber fights, and tickling. We also like remodeling our house (my prior line of work) and just all around building and breaking stuff (although Marce doesn't really like the messes made when breaking stuff). Marce and I started attending DSC (formerly Riverview Fellowship) in November 1996. We have participated in many studies and community groups, served during Vacation Bible School (VBS), and led men's huddles and counseling classes. Marce loves serving in the Elementary and Nursery ministries, VBS, and Meal Ministry.
Ron Giese
Ron Giese
Administration / Leadership Development
Elder and Staff

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I was born in Madison, Wisconsin. Up until a senior in high school, I thought that it was through our own good intentions and actions that we got closer to God. The cross and person and work of Jesus were not in my thinking in any way. A friend started telling me that the answer was in the Bible, and kept bringing me to who Jesus was and what He did on the cross. Looking back now, I can see that God's good Spirit revealed truth to me that I had never considered, nor was able to consider with my own efforts. I trusted in Christ's finished work, His paying the penalty for my sins, and sensed a new life that has been with me ever since. Eventually, I returned to Madison there for graduate school to study Hebrew at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After a Ph.D. there, I taught Hebrew and biblical studies for seventeen years at Liberty University (Lynchburg, Virginia) and the seminary there. I enjoyed several administrative roles at Liberty, and when DSC had a staff opening for an administrative pastor, I was ready for a change. After our first visit, I fell in love with DSC: its focus on God's glory, its interest in missions, the staff, and the people. Thus we ended up moving here in January 2007. My wife Karla is a family nurse practitioner, now specializing in endocrinology. We have three children, Danielle and Ben, who are still in Virginia, and our youngest, Jared, still with us here and at UNM. I like reading, studying history, travel, missions, and hiking and bike riding around Albuquerque.
Trent Hunter
Trent Hunter
Administration and Teaching
Elder and Staff

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I was born in 1981 in Columbus, OH, but grew up in the suburbs of three cities: Chicago, San Francisco, and St. Louis. I came to faith in Christ in 1995 after a friend in my eighth grade homeroom class invited me to church. I reasoned that going to church would actually help compensate for the trouble I was causing at home. Within a matter of months I came to understand the gravity of my problem as a sinner, and the glorious grace of God in Jesus Christ. By God's grace, I believed the gospel and was enveloped into the life of that church. A year later, when my English teacher required the class to interview someone in our ideal vocation, I interviewed my pastor. I perceived no greater honor than to lead God's people in treasuring and spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. That same desire led me to pursue theological training at Moody Bible Institute. There, I met my wife, Kristi. We were married following graduation in 2003. She is gentle, faithful, diligent and merciful—a gift. After two years in St. Louis where I served as a Minister to Youth and Director of Christian Education, we moved to Louisville, KY in 2005. There, I attended The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and worked in sales for a Verizon retail group. In 2010, Kristi and I moved to Albuquerque, NM, where I now have the pleasure of serving here at DSC as pastoral assistant. Kristi and I are honored to be parents of three children: Carson, Madalyn, and Shae. We enjoy biking, going to the park, hospitality, reading, and wrestling.
Ryan Kelly
Ryan Kelly
Teaching/Preaching
Elder and Staff

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I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. It was in my junior of high school that God powerfully and savingly revealed to me His saving grace. Not long after, I attended Liberty University, graduating with a B.S. in Religion in 1996. It was that summer that I married my "sunshine," Sarah.

I stayed at Liberty for my seminary education in no small part because I had the chance to serve on the staff of our home church and Sarah was invited to teach piano in Liberty's music department. After a busy two years, I finished with an M.A.R. and an M.Div.

In 1998, we moved to Oxford, England where I began doctoral studies in historical theology. Sadly, we were forced to move to back to the States in 1999 when we could no longer fund the high cost of Oxford tuition and living. Just the same, our time in England confirmed that I had a far greater desire to pastor and preach than to research and teach.

From 1999-2003 I did just that, pastoring in a small church context in Denver, Colorado (Sarah's home town).

In August 2003 God provided the wonderful opportunity to come to DSC and serve as the Pastor for Preaching. We love Albuquerque and DSC, and hope, if God wills, to be here for a long time.

Somewhere along the way, I also returned to my doctoral studies, now through Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. My research is in the history of intellectual thought, focusing on the theology of the Puritan John Owen (1616-83). Lord willing, my dissertation should be completed and defended sometime in 2012.

In addition to pastoring and occasional educational efforts, I serve as a Council Member of The Gospel Coalition and help lead the NM Regional Chapter of The Gospel Coalition.

Sarah and I are blessed with four wonderful kids: Autumn, Katelyn, Gillian, and William. Our home is a busy and happy one, by God's grace. In our spare time we enjoy a very disparate blend of music, reading, dirt biking, hockey, and laughing.
Clint
Clint
Missions and Community Groups
Elder and Staff

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I was born and raised in a medium sized town in eastern New Mexico called Clovis, home of the fighting Wildcats. My parents were faithful to take me to church growing up. I also had some really good friends who took faith in Christ very seriously and challenged me to do the same. In college I was mentored by a faithful brother named Todd who spent time teaching me what it meant to know and follow God through Christ as revealed in the Scriptures, and to live for God's glory among all peoples. I think that as I was invested in by godly men in college and challenged to understand the gospel and communicate it to others, God really got a hold of me and taught me what it meant to be saved by grace. I earned a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering from New Mexico State University—go Aggies! While in college, I met my new best friend and future wife, Joanna. After I graduated from NMSU, we got married and moved to Albuquerque where I worked as a Hydraulic Engineer, earned my Master's of Science in Civil Engineering, and Joanna finished her Bachelor's degree in Nutrition. I worked as an Engineer for three years before joining the staff here at DSC. Joanna and I began attending DSC in late 2005 and quickly began serving along side the Global Missions team at DSC until the opportunity came up in 2008 to join the staff as the Missions Director. We really love serving and growing along side the members of our community group and the fellowship we share with the body of Christ at DSC. Joanna and I have one child, Nicholas, whom we adopted in 2011 from Uganda. We hope to add both more adopted and some biological children to the quiver, Lord willing.


Tim Ragsdale
Tim Ragsdale
Local Missions
Elder

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My wife Lisa, our children (Jenna, Leslye, Jonathan, and Keith), and I came to Albuquerque in 2001 as my final duty station in the U.S. Air Force. Now retired from the USAF and working as a defense contractor, we are thrilled to be able to put down roots in Albuquerque. I was raised in White Oak, Texas where I had strong men (of conviction) influencing my life—particularly coaches. I cannot recall a time in my life when I did not sense God's call. I made a profession of faith in high school and began a roller-coaster faith journey. Now I recall this as God bringing me "the scenic route" to where I am today—still repenting, believing, learning, and growing. In 1980, I was blessed to become part of the Calvary Chapel movement where I learned to love the Word of God and gained valuable ministry experience (taught the new believers class, ran a ministry to Jehovah's Witnesses, taught an apologetics class for JWs and Mormons at the school of ministry, did campus ministry on the University of Arizona campus, played in the praise bands, etc.). As Scripture continually revealed a bigger God and a smaller me, doctrinal conviction led me to spend time in the Presbyterian (PCA) and Christian Reformed Churches where I was blessed with opportunities to serve as an elder and licensed preacher. DSC was a perfectly timed gift of God's grace to our family. Though my formal training is in engineering (M.S.), I love studying theology and apologetics. When I grow up, I still want to go to seminary, but for now, I am blessed to serve at DSC with my wise, gifted, and beautiful wife Lisa, and a group of elders who literally came as an answer to prayer.
Ken Wesselman
Ken Wesselman
Deacons / Marriage Ministry / Family Ministry
Elder

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I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1958 and raised in the Catholic church. My initial faith was not in Jesus alone, but Jesus plus being a good person. In 1969 our family (my parents, two older brothers, and an older sister) moved to Albuquerque. Upon graduating from the University of New Mexico in 1982, I entered the United States Marine Corps. In the fall of 1983, God opened my eyes to the wonder and kindness of His grace. Ephesians 2:8-9, "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast." I married my wonderful wife Julie in October of 1984, and our family began to grow. In 1985, I transferred to the United States Navy. In 1991, I left the service and began flying for Delta Air Lines, where I am currently employed. We are so blessed to have our daughter Katie, our son in law Thomas, and our sons Tim and Chris. The past twenty-seven years has flown by so very quickly. Through the trials and joys of life, marriage, and raising children, God has and continues to change my heart. In recent years seeing more clearly the sovereignty of God has brought great joy and peace. I enjoy time with my wife whether at leisure or working together, time with our kids (harder to come by these days), exercising, bicycling, and fix-it projects.
 
Deacons
In the New Testament Scriptures, there are two offices in the local church: pastors (or elders) and deacons. The deacon is a "servant" office (this is what the Greek word "deacon" means, and what we see in Acts 6 with the first deacons). However, it is also a managerial office: deacons lead others in an area of service. In Acts 6:3 "the seven" (deacons) were put "in charge" of a task. The seven of Acts 6:3 may have helped to manage around three thousand in the church at that time.

In Acts 6 we see areas that require some form of leadership, such as problem-solving and peace-making, related to an area that starts in the material realm (in this case, taking care of the needs of widows). Again, deacons give attention to more practical needs of the body. This frees up elders for the ministry of the Word (Acts 6:4). Though the needs that deacons respond to often start in the material realm, the ministry often mingles physical and spiritual needs. For example, "complaints" are handled (Acts 6:1), Stephen preaches (Acts 7), Philip preaches (Acts 8), and deacons "hold fast the mystery of the faith" (1 Timothy 3:9).
Adam Church
Adam Church
Deacon

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Sandy Beauchamp
Sandy Beauchamp
Deacon

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I grew up in sunny San Clemente, California—a surfers paradise. My earliest and fondest memories were long summer days at the beach. I moved to Albuquerque in 1987 while finishing five years in the US Air Force. Soon after, I met my wonderful wife Gina at mid-week service at Calvary Chapel. We were married in 1990.

I finished my degree in Finance and Economics at UNM and began my career as a Financial Advisor at Prudential Securities. Today, after several challenging mergers and acquisitions, I still love my work managing investments for my clients.

I became a Christian when I was 18 while I was working at a Christian summer camp in Yosemite. Although, I grew up in a Christian home, attended Christian schools and regularly attended church, my relationship with Christ was not personal or genuine until that summer in 1983. I finally understood the simple message of the gospel is that God loves me in the midst of my rebellion and sinfulness and He has redeemed me by the blood of Jesus.

Gina and I have been married for 22 years and have three busy teenagers—Ben, Emma, and Luke. We became members of DSC in 1994 then, Riverview Fellowship and lead financial management, marriage classes, and hold Bible Studies at home. As a family, we love sports, camping and sailing when we can, and garden year-round. We are adventurous travelers, but still love the simple beauty of the beach.
Greg Dart
Greg Dart
Deacon

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I was born in Washington D.C. in 1960. My family moved around the country until arriving in Albuquerque when I was in the 5th grade and have been here ever since.

I wasn't raised in a Christian home and didn't really give God much of a thought at all. For 25 years of my life I lived a totally selfish life, thinking everything was great, but deep down knowing something was missing. In 1985 a friend at work kept inviting Nancy, my future wife, and me to church. We finally agreed and heard the Word of God taught. It was through the teaching and hearing of God's Word that I was forever changed and started the long path of sanctification though our Lord Jesus Christ.

About a year later Nancy and I were married, still the best day of my life. We started up a small printing company 2 weeks after we were married and many years later still work together in it. Our Lord has grown the business and both of us as well over the years. 10 years later we started our family with two wonderful boys or I should say young men, Jared and Samuel. We have been at DSC now since March 2007 and love our church family.

We enjoy spending our spare time together skiing, hiking, mountain bike riding, going to sporting events and watching movies. I currently serve as a Deacon in various ministries at DSC with my passion being global missions, reaching the nations. Till all have heard....
Leonard Duran
Leonard Duran
Deacon

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I was born in Albuquerque, NM and grew up in a small town 70 miles west named Grants. I grew up in a very religious family, went to church every Sunday, and even served the church as an altar boy at a very early age. I knew the basics of Christianity (Jesus was born of a virgin, suffered, died, and was raised on the 3rd day to conquer sin), but I never really knew Christ. While serving the church as an adult, I began questioning the denomination and its beliefs/practices. After attending a non-denominational church my hunger grew and after searching the Scriptures, God opened my eyes to the truth of who Jesus is and how I am saved by grace through faith and not by my own works.

I am married to my beautiful wife Astraea. We have 3 daughters—Rachel, Stephanie, and Jacquelyn—and a son in law Justin. Astraea and I have a great desire for the mission field and God willing will be serving Him in that capacity some day. I enjoy doing service projects and the fellowship with others while we work.
Marvin Gibson
Marvin Gibson
Deacon

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I was born (1948) and raised in Southern California, most of those years in Santa Monica, California. My father passed away when I was four years old, but I was blessed in that my mother loved the Lord and church was always a central part of my life when I was growing up. I was always active in my church and our regional youth organization. And as a teenager, I went forward at a Billy Graham event in the Los Angeles Coliseum and accepted Jesus.

Soon after graduating high school, I joined the Marine Corps, spent a year in Vietnam, finished my university studies and entered the professional work force. By this time, I was worldly, and began to think perhaps I had "lost" my salvation. How could God love someone like me whom He had gifted and then I never used those gifts for His kingdom? I had, at that time, much too small of a view of God's grace.

In 1980, I married my lovely wife Dennie, and we moved to New Mexico to start a family. I also was part of the management team for the Intel startup in Rio Rancho. My spiritual eyes began to open when our first son was born and I knew, no matter what he did, I would always love him. And then I began to understand, than in my puny way, if I would always love my son, how much more God could love me. With hunger, Dennie and I began a church search to find a home. In the early 90's, Dennie and I found Riverview Church, meeting in an aerobics room in the Riverpoint Health Club, and we have been faithful to this church (now Desert Springs Church) since its beginning. And I confess, I was initially a reluctant "convert" to reformed theology. I spent many mornings with other men trying to make sense of "choosing Christ" or being dead in my sin until He first loved me. And in this process of going to Scripture, it became clear to me, it did not matter a bit what I felt in my heart; what mattered was what the Bible said. And for the first time, God's grace became clearer to me.

Today, after 31 years with Intel, I am blessed to be retired. Dennie and I are also blessed with four sons, three grandchildren and my next door neighbor is my mother. My hobbies are cycling (I cycled from the Canadian border to the Mexican border on the Pacific coast), photography, fly fishing and "grandfathering". My ministries have been missional. I have led teams doing light construction and doing our Christmas Store on the Navajo reservation for a number of years. And now that I am retired, my mission trips to Guatemala can be for months, rather than weeks. As a deacon, my focus area is Men's Ministry.
Brian Hendrix
Brian Hendrix
Deacon

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My wife Laura and I have been married for 20 years. We have two daughters, Rachel and Sarah. We have been attending DSC since 2003 and I have been a Deacon since 2006. I have been a teacher for the last 18 years, 16 of which have been at local middle schools. Laura is a nurse, who is blessed to be able to work from home. As a deacon, my primary focus is to work with Ron Giese in coordinating Sunday morning adult education classes and occasionally teach a class myself. We also host a community group at our home, which I lead. Laura is also involved in the Meal Ministry at DSC.

I grew up in church, and when I was 8, I "walked the aisle" and "said the prayer," as was typical of the small church I was a part of. During high school, I realized that I really did not know Jesus, so I said the "prayer" again to make sure! As I continued to grow in church I became more and more active: teaching Sunday school, becoming a deacon, leading Bible Studies, etc.... But as the years went by, Laura and I realized that we were "doing church" out of duty and obligation instead of out of a joyful response to God's grace. As I look back now, I realize that I was trying to gain favor with God and man by doing Christian duties. I believed, even if in the back of my mind, that the better I served God, the more He would favor me. It was when we realized that our children were seeing us go to church and serve out of duty, rather than out of joy, that we decided it was time to change churches.

In His great providence, God lead us to DSC. We were initially attracted to the church because it was not the dyed in the wool church we grew up with, but it was also not so focused on "seekers" that it was watered down and lacking in depth. As we sat under the elders' teaching and started reading more and more, God opened our eyes to His greatness and His great love. We have come to such a better understanding of the wretched nature of our sinfulness and, correspondingly, the amazing love of God to not only pay for that sinfulness by His death, but grant us righteousness by His life. What enormous joy we have experienced through understanding that God's work on the cross is finished and there is not a thing I can do to make Him favor me more, or less!

It is with this understanding that we seek to serve God and DSC out of a grateful response to a great God who has done great things for us. While we still fight our natural inclination towards legalism and duty, we have found the freedom that Christ so richly bestows. We no longer feel bound to live the Christian life, but overjoyed to do so. We no longer seek God's favor, but revel in the fact that it has already been given to us in full. Lest I sound too sugary, we fail miserably and often. We thank God for showing us the cycle that the Heidelberg Catechism teaches: Guilt; Grace; Gratitude. We are miserable when God shows us the depth of our sinfulness. We are awed continually by God's grace—in fact, the more weighty we understand our sin to be, the more joyful we are at God's graciousness! Finally, as a result of God's goodness and love towards us we seek to serve with gratitude and joy.
Jason Mancini
Jason Mancini
Deacon

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I was born in San Diego, California. When I was 4 years old, my family moved to Window Rock, AZ and I went to school with the Navajo people from kindergarten until the 12th grade.

At 17 I knew a guy who had a severe drug addiction and one day he was in the hospital and when they drew his blood it actually came out black. He gave his life to Christ after that and turned from a life full of drugs and prostitution and followed after Christ. I remember his testimony and thinking to myself that I didn't have anything to be saved from. I was a good kid who did what I was told and stayed out of trouble. At 18 while attending Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ the Lord chose to open my eyes to my incredibly sinful life and heart. I don't remember the exact day, but I do remember crying out to Him that my blood was black too! I felt unclean, embarrassed, and hopeless knowing in that moment that I needed a savior because I couldn't save myself. I remember asking Him to save me and to change my cold heart. He was faithful and gave me a new hunger for His Word and truth.

In my junior year of college I met my sweet wife Amy whose faith was so strong and her love for Jesus so evident that it challenged me to grow in my faith even more. After my first daughter was only a week old we moved from Phoenix to Albuquerque to start our own business. Amy and I have been married for 17 years and have 6 children: Allison, Caleb, Emma, Mahdie, Nate, and Mekie. We adopted Nate from China in 2006 and adopted Mahdie and Mekie from Ethiopia in 2010. I began attending and fell in love with DSC in 2003 and have lead the DSC Adoption Ministry since 2008. I enjoy spending time with my family, playing sports (especially wiffle-ball), traveling, and bike riding in the Bosque.
Dan Moore
Dan Moore
Deacon

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I was born in Southern California not far from Disneyland. My parents, two brothers, and one sister moved to Albuquerque in 1958. I am so blessed that my parents established church as a normal and central part of my life as a child. I never thought much about church or religion or God; it was just fun and part of our lives. As a high school sophomore, I started attending Young Life, a Christian non-denominational high school ministry. In Easter 1969, I attended a Young Life camp in Colorado. During the evening time of fun, skits, and singing, the speaker started talking about the Easter message and how Jesus had died on the cross for my sins, that He loved me, and that I could know Him personally. I had heard the Easter message many times before, but I can tell you that God opened my eyes that night to the truth of that Easter message. I didn't even know I needed God! But I remember vividly my first thought when Jesus opened my eyes. I said, "It's True." And it was true then and is now. Over the years, I have served in many ministry positions including a volunteer leader with Young Life and as an elder and worship leader in the local church. I have been at DSC since 2004 where the teaching on the sovereignty of God has changed my life. I have worked for PNM for almost thirty-five years in Large Business Marketing. I have been married for thirty-four years to my precious wife Teresa. We have two married daughters, Melissa in Tampa, FL and Tara in Portland, OR, and one son Bret who lives in Albuquerque. We are also the proud grandparents to three grandsons Emery, Matthew, and Max. I enjoy all kinds of music, sports (go Cowboys!), road trips, and a good laugh. I currently serve in a Men's Huddle, Prayer Life, and as a deacon.
Kelly Moore
Kelly Moore
Deacon

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I was born in Corona, California. My family moved to Albuquerque in 1958 so that my dad could pursue a career in air traffic control at the Albuquerque Airport. I was raised in the Presbyterian church where my parents faithfully attended most functions. My memories of the Presbyterian church teaching are mostly social, just the do's and don'ts of life, with no gospel presentation. I don't believe I was aware of my need for a savior growing up. This changed as I started to attend Young Life with my two older brothers the summer before high school. I listened to the messages of what Jesus did for me that year, then in the summer, I attended Frontier Ranch which is a camp in Colorado run by Young Life. One night, after hearing the gospel presented and given a chance to reflect on my need, I answered God's call and became a believer. I embraced that new belief and became deeply involved with the Young Life club as well as attending a new church fellowship. It was an exciting time of growth and fun with all of my new Christian friends. After high school, I continued to work in various Young Life clubs until I met and married my wonderful wife, Bari. God has taught me so much by being a husband and father. He has patiently confronted me with my pride and my responsibility, expanding my small view of being a husband and a father to the large view of a reflection of Christ and His church. DSC's teaching on God's sovereignty continues to show me how big and glorious God is and how small I am. I know I can do nothing good without God and continue to pursue the gospel and my place at the foot of the cross. Bari and I have been married thirty years this year (2011) and are blessed with three boys: Kyle, Ben, and Matt.
Doug Shawn
Doug Shawn
Deacon

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I was born in Raton, New Mexico and my parents moved to Albuquerque when I was six months old. My parents did not attend church, but I had a very good friend who did. They took me to Berean Baptist Church where the preacher gave some good "fire and brimstone" messages. To avoid going to hell, I went forward and said all the right things. I stayed in church for a few years, but after leaving high school, I walked away. I joined the Albuquerque Police Department in 1983 where I spent fourteen years in Violent Crimes/Homicide. I retired in 2003 as the Homicide Unit Sergeant. I met my wonderful wife LaVonne towards the end of my career in 1994 and we got married in 1995. LaVonne's walk with the Lord and the Holy Spirit made me realize I was "playing church" and in 2004 I truly accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Our family consists of our son Justin and his wife Tarah and grandson Alex, and our two daughters Jessica and Ashley. I have been involved with Bible Study Fellowship for eleven years and I am currently the children's supervisor for the Westside Evening Men's class. LaVonne has been involved with BSF for eight years as a class member in the Women's Class. We were led by the Lord to DSC in 2006 looking for opportunities to serve. The warm and loving reception we received from the body here at DSC encouraged us. This filled our hearts with joy and assured us we had found a church home. LaVonne and I are involved in several areas of the Hospitality Ministry and I am the director of the Safety Team.
Jim Tate
Jim Tate
Deacon

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My wife Kathi and I started to attend DSC when it was Riverview and meeting on the west side at Riverpoint Gym. So we have been here from the beginning of DSC. I was installed as a deacon six years ago. I am a community group leader and Kathi and I enjoy working in the nursery. I also serve as Vice Chairman of the Hope Christian School Board of Directors and have been a board member since 1992. I am the Project Manager for the school, overseeing new construction as well as projects related to risk management for all three campuses. I am a native New Mexican, a graduate of the University of New Mexico, and have been a real estate broker for thirty-four years as well as a licensed New Mexico general contractor. I served on the Board of Directors of the Albuquerque Pregnancy Center (CareNet) for ten years, and held the office of president for four of those years. I have been involved with Bible Study Fellowship International where I have held the position of discussion leader for an accumulative eighteen years. I am a member of Hope Foundation, Inc., and serve as Chairman. Kathi and I have had three daughters and four granddaughters who call me "g-daddy."
 
Staff
Marcia Ash
Marcia Ash
Nursery
Staff

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The youngest of five children, I was raised in the small town of Haviland, Kansas, located on the prairie in southwest Kansas. Haviland was the home of Friends Haviland Academy and Friends Bible College. In the fall of 1965 while I was a high school student in the Academy, the Lord brought a young man to the college to study for the ministry. We began dating and Terry and I were married December 29, 1967. The following year, Terry graduated from college and we moved to western South Dakota where he pastored a country church. While in SD, our two children, Gabrielle and Jeff were born.

In 1973 the Lord directed us to Albuquerque where Terry pastored a church for the next 20 years. In 1995, the Lord led us to DSC and began to provide opportunities for Terry and I to serve in Children's Ministry. I coordinate the DSC Nursery Ministry volunteers and regularly get to cuddle, play with, read to, blow bubbles for, and enjoy the wonderful little ones that God has given to the families of DSC.

I was blessed to be born into a family that loves and serves the Lord. At an early age I recognized my sin and my need for a savior and was saved by the grace of God. However, it was only as a young adult that I came to realize that I couldn't walk a life of faith in my own strength and that I needed to daily lean on God's grace. Over the years I've learned to rely on the great faithfulness of my Heavenly Father to teach, correct, guide, encourage, and give joy in the journey.
Terry Ash
Terry Ash
Children / Pastoral Care
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Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, I was bountifully blessed to grow up in a loving home with my sister Beth and my amazing Mom and Dad. We were members of an evangelical Quaker church that taught the truths of gospel, and I was encouraged through several opportunities such as youth group, youth camp, and Sunday school to believe in Christ and receive salvation. Therefore, at a young age at Quaker Ridge Camp, I was saved by the grace of God. I began to sense a call from the Holy Spirit to prepare for ministry, so after high school graduation, I went to Friends Bible College in Kansas. There, I not only studied for ministry, but met Marcia, whom I've been happily hitched to for forty-three years. After college, I served as pastor of a country church in South Dakota for four years (where our two children Gabrielle and Jeff were born), then moved to Albuquerque where I served as a pastor for twenty years in the "war zone." In 1995 we came to DSC (then called Riverview Fellowship) and I began to get involved on staff as part-time children's pastor, eventually coordinating the children's ministry full-time as God gave the grace and the blessing to do that. I presently have the incredible blessing of shepherding the preschool Sunday school at DSC and of serving others in Jesus' name through pastoral care.
Tim Bradley
Tim Bradley
Counseling/Children/Family
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I have lived in Albuquerque for most of my life, but took an eight year detour through Las Cruces where I spent three years in school at New Mexico State University, worked, married, and lived life with my wife, friends, and church family. I returned to Albuquerque in the fall of 1996, earned my BBA from the University of New Mexico, worked, watched our family grow, and have lived here ever since. I am the seventh of eight children with two older sisters, four older brothers, and one younger brother. I was saved by God's grace and calling in my first semester at NMSU, and grew by grace through participation in campus ministries and the local church. I am humbled and blessed to have walked with the Lord for twenty years now, and serve Him in my family, community, and DSC. I married my incredible wife, Marce, in the summer of 1995, and we have been blessed with five children. Our oldest is deceased, then we have four in the home: son Kade, daughter Addison, son Quinn, and son Tate, "The fruit of the womb is a reward" (Psalm 127:3b). We love outdoor activities, light saber fights, and tickling. We also like remodeling our house (my prior line of work) and just all around building and breaking stuff (although Marce doesn't really like the messes made when breaking stuff). Marce and I started attending DSC (formerly Riverview Fellowship) in November 1996. We have participated in many studies and community groups, served during Vacation Bible School (VBS), and led men's huddles and counseling classes. Marce loves serving in the Elementary and Nursery ministries, VBS, and Meal Ministry.
Ian Byrd
Ian Byrd
Facilities Supervisor
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I was born in the year 1978 in the most excellent city of Austin, TX but was raised in the North Dallas suburb of Richardson, TX. It is there that I would "pray the prayer" at a very young age as was common in the southern baptist church. It wasn't until middle school that our youth pastor spoke about this God in a much more tangible way and it began to make sense and wasn't just some prayer that you pray to prevent you from going to hell. It would be a long time before I would actually begin to understand Christ and His love for me and understand my own depravity.

Beginning at the age of nine, I discovered a life long passion, the drums. I played in countless garage bands as well as had formal training through the band programs in school as well as private instruction. During a four year stint in Columbia, SC, I played in the worship bands and interned with the youth ministry alongside my former youth minister and my now brother-in-law. It was in South Carolina that I courted my wife Alyssa and we would be married there. She is the gentlest and most caring person I know, but i would later find out just what a magnificent being she really is.

We moved to New Mexico in 2003 to follow my dream of playing the drums professionally. I joined a rock band that ended up touring, writing and recording for 6 years eventually landing a record deal that would take us all over the U.S. and the occasional international date. Upon learning that we would open up for a very well known major act in the fall of 2007 things began to unravel for the band both in a business sense as well as in our personal lives that culminated with my wife and I losing our second child, Sydney, to stillbirth at 31 weeks. It is at this moment that I learned how tough and brutally loving our God is. He brought us to our knees and redirected our hearts back towards the cross through suffering, and we realized just how much we need Him. This was a defining time for Alyssa and I who continue to learn God's grace and mercy.

Currently we have two sons, Liam (8) and Henry (3) and are in process of fostering to adopt. I enjoy drumming, recording, tinkering and fixing things as well as hosting epic gatherings surrounded by believers and non-believers alike.
Ron Giese
Ron Giese
Administration / Leadership Development
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I was born in Madison, Wisconsin. Up until a senior in high school, I thought that it was through our own good intentions and actions that we got closer to God. The cross and person and work of Jesus were not in my thinking in any way. A friend started telling me that the answer was in the Bible, and kept bringing me to who Jesus was and what He did on the cross. Looking back now, I can see that God's good Spirit revealed truth to me that I had never considered, nor was able to consider with my own efforts. I trusted in Christ's finished work, His paying the penalty for my sins, and sensed a new life that has been with me ever since. Eventually, I returned to Madison there for graduate school to study Hebrew at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After a Ph.D. there, I taught Hebrew and biblical studies for seventeen years at Liberty University (Lynchburg, Virginia) and the seminary there. I enjoyed several administrative roles at Liberty, and when DSC had a staff opening for an administrative pastor, I was ready for a change. After our first visit, I fell in love with DSC: its focus on God's glory, its interest in missions, the staff, and the people. Thus we ended up moving here in January 2007. My wife Karla is a family nurse practitioner, now specializing in endocrinology. We have three children, Danielle and Ben, who are still in Virginia, and our youngest, Jared, still with us here and at UNM. I like reading, studying history, travel, missions, and hiking and bike riding around Albuquerque.
Brenda Hembree
Brenda Hembree
Administrative Assistant
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Drew Hodge
Drew Hodge
Music Ministry
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I grew up as a pastor's kid in Arkansas, and was home schooled along with three sisters and one brother. I felt the call of salvation at a young age under my father's ministry, and have seen that salvation worked out through the years. At the age of fifteen, I felt the call to ministry and have dedicated my life to it ever since. I have been writing and composing music for fourteen years. My purpose in this is to spread a passion for true worship in the church through music that exalts Christ and God's character. I became the full time Music Minister here at DSC on April 1, 2010. Prior to coming to DSC, I was on staff at TurningPoint Community Church in Palm Coast, Florida as the Worship Leader for nearly five years. I recently finished writing and recording a worship album for TurningPoint called "Cause of Our Praise." TurningPoint is a satellite church of Riverbend Community Church in Ormond Beach, Florida where I was on the Praise Team since 1998. During this time, I also wrote music and played lead guitar for the band Kanon, which won several Christian talent competitions, recorded several albums, and was signed to Vital Records in 2003. I attended Stetson University for Music from 1999-2003. I met my wife, Crissie, while at Riverbend where she worked as secretary, and we were married in 2006. Crissie earned her degree in photography at Daytona State College, and specializes in baby and family portraits. I enjoy working out and playing sports. We have one daughter, Arabella and two sons, Priest and Kanon.
Trent Hunter
Trent Hunter
Administration and Teaching
Elder and Staff

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I was born in 1981 in Columbus, OH, but grew up in the suburbs of three cities: Chicago, San Francisco, and St. Louis. I came to faith in Christ in 1995 after a friend in my eighth grade homeroom class invited me to church. I reasoned that going to church would actually help compensate for the trouble I was causing at home. Within a matter of months I came to understand the gravity of my problem as a sinner, and the glorious grace of God in Jesus Christ. By God's grace, I believed the gospel and was enveloped into the life of that church. A year later, when my English teacher required the class to interview someone in our ideal vocation, I interviewed my pastor. I perceived no greater honor than to lead God's people in treasuring and spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. That same desire led me to pursue theological training at Moody Bible Institute. There, I met my wife, Kristi. We were married following graduation in 2003. She is gentle, faithful, diligent and merciful—a gift. After two years in St. Louis where I served as a Minister to Youth and Director of Christian Education, we moved to Louisville, KY in 2005. There, I attended The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and worked in sales for a Verizon retail group. In 2010, Kristi and I moved to Albuquerque, NM, where I now have the pleasure of serving here at DSC as pastoral assistant. Kristi and I are honored to be parents of three children: Carson, Madalyn, and Shae. We enjoy biking, going to the park, hospitality, reading, and wrestling.
Ryan Kelly
Ryan Kelly
Teaching/Preaching
Elder and Staff

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I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. It was in my junior of high school that God powerfully and savingly revealed to me His saving grace. Not long after, I attended Liberty University, graduating with a B.S. in Religion in 1996. It was that summer that I married my "sunshine," Sarah.

I stayed at Liberty for my seminary education in no small part because I had the chance to serve on the staff of our home church and Sarah was invited to teach piano in Liberty's music department. After a busy two years, I finished with an M.A.R. and an M.Div.

In 1998, we moved to Oxford, England where I began doctoral studies in historical theology. Sadly, we were forced to move to back to the States in 1999 when we could no longer fund the high cost of Oxford tuition and living. Just the same, our time in England confirmed that I had a far greater desire to pastor and preach than to research and teach.

From 1999-2003 I did just that, pastoring in a small church context in Denver, Colorado (Sarah's home town).

In August 2003 God provided the wonderful opportunity to come to DSC and serve as the Pastor for Preaching. We love Albuquerque and DSC, and hope, if God wills, to be here for a long time.

Somewhere along the way, I also returned to my doctoral studies, now through Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. My research is in the history of intellectual thought, focusing on the theology of the Puritan John Owen (1616-83). Lord willing, my dissertation should be completed and defended sometime in 2012.

In addition to pastoring and occasional educational efforts, I serve as a Council Member of The Gospel Coalition and help lead the NM Regional Chapter of The Gospel Coalition.

Sarah and I are blessed with four wonderful kids: Autumn, Katelyn, Gillian, and William. Our home is a busy and happy one, by God's grace. In our spare time we enjoy a very disparate blend of music, reading, dirt biking, hockey, and laughing.
Clint
Clint
Missions and Community Groups
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I was born and raised in a medium sized town in eastern New Mexico called Clovis, home of the fighting Wildcats. My parents were faithful to take me to church growing up. I also had some really good friends who took faith in Christ very seriously and challenged me to do the same. In college I was mentored by a faithful brother named Todd who spent time teaching me what it meant to know and follow God through Christ as revealed in the Scriptures, and to live for God's glory among all peoples. I think that as I was invested in by godly men in college and challenged to understand the gospel and communicate it to others, God really got a hold of me and taught me what it meant to be saved by grace. I earned a Bachelor's of Science in Civil Engineering from New Mexico State University—go Aggies! While in college, I met my new best friend and future wife, Joanna. After I graduated from NMSU, we got married and moved to Albuquerque where I worked as a Hydraulic Engineer, earned my Master's of Science in Civil Engineering, and Joanna finished her Bachelor's degree in Nutrition. I worked as an Engineer for three years before joining the staff here at DSC. Joanna and I began attending DSC in late 2005 and quickly began serving along side the Global Missions team at DSC until the opportunity came up in 2008 to join the staff as the Missions Director. We really love serving and growing along side the members of our community group and the fellowship we share with the body of Christ at DSC. Joanna and I have one child, Nicholas, whom we adopted in 2011 from Uganda. We hope to add both more adopted and some biological children to the quiver, Lord willing.


Memo Ochoa
Memo Ochoa
Communications Director
Staff

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I was born in the capital city of Honduras, Tegucigalpa, and lived there until I moved to the States for college in the spring of 2002.

By the grace of God, my relationship with Christ began at a young age, and led me to many translating opportunities for His kingdom while in high school. This provided a gateway to attend Pensacola Christian College in Florida. After two years, I transferred to Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, where I fell in love at first sight (cheesy but true) with my gorgeous wife, Meghan. We remained in Lynchburg, and were married in the fall of 2006. After graduating with a B. A. in Communications, specifically in Graphic Design, I worked temporarily for a marketing firm.

My heart desired to glorify God through my profession by working directly with a church or mission organization. By God's grace, we relocated to Albuquerque in the summer of 2007 to become a part of the DSC family. I greatly enjoy going to Guatemala on mission at least once a year.

Meghan and I have two kiddos, Juliet and Dante. We like sipping coffee, bookstores, movies, watching our kids doing silly stuff, and perhaps fĂștbol, not football, will become the family's primary form of entertainment.
Gayle
Gayle
Finance Administrator
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I was raised in a strong Christian home with wonderful parents. I grew up in church, Christian schools, and even went to Bible college. I went through some deep trials about four years ago. During the trials, I spent time in God's Word and relied on Christian friends, pastors, and elders at DSC and trusted them as they guided me through this time in my life. God's mercies are new everyday. I am a single mom. I have two daughters, Meghan and Brooke, and I am the legal guardian to my niece, Taylor. I know God has a plan for my life and the life of my children. I am grateful for my salvation. I handle everything to do with finance at DSC. I have been on staff since 1999. My background is in finance and I am licensed in securities and life insurance. Am also very involved with Crown Financial Ministries, leading small groups, and teaching people how to get out of debt.
Chris Saiers
Chris Saiers
Technical/Resource
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I was born in San Francisco, CA. I've lived in Albuquerque since my parents moved back in early 1971. I graduated from Sandia High School in 1988. I became the sound technician for the University of New Mexico Collegiate Singers in 1989 and spent nine years with them. In 1991 a couple of friends invited me and my roommate to a Campus Crusade for Christ meeting. My roommate started going to church and accepted Christ in March. He started inviting me and sometime in April of 1991 I acknowledged the saving grace of Jesus Christ. I started attending Calvary of Albuquerque where I got involved with the sound ministry where, my now long time friend, Jay Fisher, was head of Audio. This opened doors for me to work at a local audio company called Hi Q. It was there that I got to cut my teeth on bigger bands and sound systems. In September of 1996, I was offered the sound tech job at DSC. I now oversee the audio, lighting, visual (PowerPoint, video), and computers here at DSC. I still works four or five concerts a year including, M88's Freedom Fest and working shows with the likes of B.B. King, Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt, Debbie Reynolds, Red, Hawk Nelson, and Whiteheart among others. My beautiful wife Koren and I, without a doubt have the most beautiful kids in the world—two daughters Micah and Elli, and a son, Logan. I also lead a community group here at DSC and co lead a men's huddle.
Debb Sanderson
Debb Sanderson
Administrative Assistant
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Nathan Sherman
Nathan Sherman
Youth
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I was born and grew up in Denton, Texas. At a summer camp in elementary school, I prayed that Jesus would save me from going to Hell, but it was a decision based more on the fact that there were lots of other kids praying the same prayer. It wasn't until several years later in the 8th Grade when I began to understand the depths of God's love for me in Jesus' finished work that the Holy Spirit began to shift my gaze toward the Cross.

Through times of pride and idolatry in high school and college at the University of Texas, God was nevertheless faithful to preserve me and grow me in love for Him and the Church. During my junior year in Austin, I met my future wife Marcie, who is also from Denton. By that time, through much prayer and affirmation of others, I had decided to pursue a Master's of Divinity at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. So after an incredible year of dating Marcie, we were married in 2006 and then moved to the Bluegrass State in 2007.

After finishing at Southern, we moved back to Austin to help plant Providence Church where we completed at two-year church-planting residency and internship. Nearing the end of this time, a mutual friend providentially met with Ryan Kelly at a conference. A few weeks later, Marcie and I visited Albuquerque and DSC, and we very immediately knew that this is where God wanted us.

We are thrilled to be in the Land of Enchantment with our three sons Owen, Caleb, and Micah, who are all within four years of each other. We love to read books, watch baseball, watch movies, and eat great food.
Cara Sowers
Cara Sowers
Administrative Assistant
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Julie Wesselman
Julie Wesselman
Women's Ministry
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I come from a family that has lived in Albuquerque since the 1880's. I was born here and attended school here. When I was in high school, I became interested in spiritual things and started to attend Young Life. After graduation, I attended a Young Life camp in Colorado where I was confronted with the gospel. It was at that point in time that I saw my sin and need for a savior. By God's grace, I embraced His mercy and received Him into my life. A couple years later, I went on to UNM and then graduated in May of 1984 with a Bachelors degree in Physical Education. While in College, I was involved with Campus Crusade for Christ and it was in this ministry that I began to really grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. While I was attending UNM, I met my future husband Ken. We were in class together where he attempted to take my field hockey ball away; instead he captured my heart. Years later on October 6, 1984 Ken and I were married. We have three grown children, Katie, Tim, and Chris. We have attended DSC since November of 1993. I have been involved with the Women's Ministry most of our time at DSC. There were a few years that home schooling my children prevented me from being involved. During the summer of July 2004, I was asked to take the position of Women's Ministry coordinator. It has been my pleasure to come alongside women, point them to God, and help them to be in the Word so as to see and savor Christ.