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New Mexico is home to three major tribal groups: Navajo, Apache and Pueblo. The Navajo Nation is the largest group of Native Americans represented in New Mexico. Churches minister to Navajos in Central, Mountain, Western and San Juan Associations. Apache churches are found on the Jicarilla Reservation in northern New Mexico and the Mescalero Reservation in southern New Mexico. Pueblos are divided into eight Northern Pueblos and eleven Southern Pueblos. Urban areas have residents from many tribes from across the United States.
The “New Mexico Native American Baptist Partnership” of churches was organized by the New Mexico Quarterly Baptist Indian Fellowship, April 28, 2007, at First Baptist Church of Española during the Quarterly Fellowship, with the purpose to: “Establish a working relationship among Native American congregations that unites and enables them to develop healthy Southern Baptist Churches.”
Hispanics represent more than 49% of our state population. Almost every country in Central and South America and the Caribbean is represented in New Mexico Baptist Churches. Forty-four Hispanic congregations are affiliated with the Baptist Convention of New Mexico. Congregations are located in 11 of our 13 associations. Many of our Hispanic congregations are dually aligned with both the Baptist Convention of New Mexico and Convencion Bautista Hispana de Nuevo Mexico.
Korean congregations are located in Albuquerque and Las Cruces. Albuquerque is home to Chinese and Vietnamese congregations.
Seven African American congregations affiliate with the Baptist Convention of New Mexico. These congregations are located in Albuquerque, Farmington, Hobbs, Las Cruces, and Rio Rancho.
God is blessing ministry to the deaf and hearing impaired population of New Mexico. New Mexico Deaf Ministries are led by Olen and Joyce Smith, Glorieta and Louis “Red” Flett, Belen. Deaf congregations or Bible studies are currently located in Santa Fe, Taos, Shiprock, Espanola, Albuquerque, Belen, Las Cruces, Clovis and Hobbs. New work strategies are being developed to begin ministries in both Farmington and Alamogordo.