Twelve Associations choose to affiliate with the Baptist Convention of New Mexico.  Associations are defined either by geography or by affinity.

Each association has its own leadership and contact information. 

John Torrison

John Torrison

John Torrison, Director of Missions
2517 Wyoming Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87112
FAX 505-292-8638

The Central Baptist Association representing nearly 40% of the population of New Mexico, with its over seventy churches and missions, reflects the diversity expected from a geographical area that includes metropolitan, suburban and rural. Its churches and missions range in attendance from 10 to 2000 plus, are traditional to postmodern and rural to inner-city. Nineteen of them are ethnic/language congregations that worship in at least six languages. Central Association seeks to serve these churches and missions with the priorities of church development, starting new works, cooperative missions and evangelism.

Dennis Harris, Moderator
PO Box 23
Datil,  NM 87821

From the Rio Grande Valley to the Arizona border, from the Gila National Forest to the Cibola County line, Mountain Baptist Association is along Highway 60, with branches to Alamo and Reserve.  Mountain Baptist Association consists of six churches and one seasonal preaching point.

Dusty Marshall, Director of Missions

1328 Scenic Drive
Alamogordo, NM 88310

The Mountain Valley Baptist Association consists of 23 churches and 1 mission in Lincoln and Otero counties of south-central New Mexico. Originally Lincoln Association (founded in 1887) it is the oldest association in New Mexico founded even before the BCNM. With a great diversity of churches and missions,the association serves congregations in small mountain communities to larger churches with different cultural, ethnic and social groups including the large military community of Holloman Air Force Base and White Sands Missile Range. Although the population of southern New Mexico is not exploding as some other parts of the state, there is a steady increase of growth that demands a continual witness for Jesus Christ. Acts 1:8 is our theme as we are on mission for the Lord at home and around the world.

Murrell Howell, Moderator
PO Box 1
Eagle Nest, NM 87718


The Northeastern Baptist Association is made up of 13 churches and 1 preaching point. NEBA covers 16,360 square miles with a population of 54,326 people. That is 3.32 people per square mile. The population is 67% Hispanic, 31% Anglo, and 2% other. The median income for our association is $27, 173. NEBA has beautiful mountains and rolling grasslands. We have ski slopes and recreation areas, lakes, fishing, and ranching. We have one major university, New Mexico Highlands University and one technical school, Luna Vocational School. We have The Armand Hammer United World College of the American West which has 50 American students and 200 foreign students. NEBA was organized in 1908. Many of the communities of Northeastern Baptist Association have been here since the days of the Santa Fe Trail.

Eric Frye

Eric Frye, Director of Missions
1010 Ridgeway Place
Farmington, NM 87401
FAX 505-327-0604

The San Juan Baptist Association is a cooperating network of 32 Southern Baptist churches, on mission, to communicate the Good News about Jesus Christ. From the Navajo communities around the Four Corners Monument, to Chama, NM in the Rocky Mountains to the east, and southward across the Eastern Navajo Checkerboard country, our churches resource each other and share fellowship in the Gospel.

In addition to our present member churches, we are presently partnering with the leaders of the Hogan Si’ Ani American Indian Cowboy Church near Mexican Water, AZ, the Rockin’ J Cowboy Church in Farmington, and the Tooh Worship Center in Shiprock as they plant new churches. The Korean American Church in Farmington is also in the process of being established.

Who We Are

Who we are, as peoples and communities, may be more important than any definition of our association. We reflect the many differing cultures of the Four Corners Area and Northern New Mexico. Our churches are multi-cultural,New Mexico-style gatherings of believers – in our cities, villages, and countryside locations. Included in our primary mission field are the 15 congregations that minister to the peoples of the Navajo and Jicarilla Apache Nations.

The Sangre de Cristo Baptist Association is comprised of churches and congregations in North central New Mexico, including Rio Arriba County, Los Alamos County, Santa Fe, and Taos County. We are a family of culturally diverse congregations working together to fulfill the purposes of the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.

Zach Souter, Moderator
5512 Lovington Highway
Hobbs, NM 88240
FAX 575-392-1564

John Hinze

John Hinze


Pecos Valley Baptist Association
304 N. 7th (Mail to: Box 267, 88211)
Artesia, NM 88210
FAX 575-746-6264

Pecos Valley Baptist Association is located in the heart of the Pecos Valley in Artesia, New Mexico. We consist of 33 churches, one preaching point and three outreach centers. We are currently in the process of beginning an additional preaching point. Pecos Valley Baptist Association stretches from Roswell to Loving, encompassing all of Chaves and Eddy counties. Our outreach centers, located in Roswell, Artesia and Carlsbad meet the physical and spiritual needs of those in their communities who are hurting and searching for answers. Visit us at our website at

James Underwood

James Underwood, Director of Missions
Box 453
Las Cruces, NM 88004
FAX 575-522-0257

The Rio Grande Baptist Association is located in Las Cruces (Spanish for City of the Crosses). Our city is nestled in the fertile Mesilla Valley, between the Organ Mountains and the banks of the Rio Grande. We are located at the crossroads of Interstate 10 and 25. Las Cruces blends a unique variety of cultures, historical sites and enjoys 350 days of sunshine per year. We are quickly becoming a popular southwestern destination. The city of Las Cruces has a population of 78,000 people with surrounding Dona Ana County having a population of 175,000. We were one of Inc. Magazines top 20 “Boomtowns” in 2007 and in previous years been rated one of the “Best Small Metro Area to do Business” by Forbes/Milken Institute, one of the “Best College Towns to Retire” by Money Magazine and one of the “Dream Towns to Retire” by AARP. Our association consists of 30 churches and missions from Anthony to Truth or Consequences along I-25. James Underwood is the part-time Director of Missions and Pastor of Primera Iglesia Bautista. For 40 years we have sponsored the Small World Friendship Literacy Program which is considered the oldest volunteer English literacy program in the area.

Southwestern Baptist Association
PO Box 2926
Silver City, NM 88062


The Southwestern Baptist Association is comprised of 14 churches, 3 mission congregations, and 2 preaching points, spreading across southwest New Mexico. Our churches and missions minister to a diverse group of people in Grant, Hidalgo, Catron and Luna counties. Southwestern Association exists to assist Southwestern Baptist Association churches in carrying out the Great Commission. As we partner together we are able to support a variety of ministries that build up believers and reach the lost world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

David McFaddenDavid McFadden

David McFadden, Director of Missions
1100 W. Manana
Clovis, NM 88101

In a special called business meeting on July 19, 2020, messengers from Eastern Baptist Association and Tucumcari Baptist Association met to discuss and ultimately approve the dissolution of both Eastern Baptist Association and Tucumcari Baptist Association and to form a new merged non-profit corporation called Tri-Area Baptist Association.

This association exists to equip churches by leading them to cooperate with one another, helping churches impact lostness, encouraging fellowship, nurturing spiritual maturity, and facilitating mission involvement.

Core Values

Cooperation – Realizing we can accomplish much more together than on our own, we value fellowship and partnership.

Missions – We encourage our churches to fulfill the primary religious purpose for which they were established as stated in Matthew 28:18-20.

Support – We respond to different churches at different stages with different solutions.

Diversity – We rejoice that God created different people and churches  to reach different people groups.

Western Baptist Association
Box 2496
Milan, NM 87021


The Western Baptist Association is located in Gallup, New Mexico. Our primary mission points are located on the Navajo, Zuni and Laguna-Acoma Nations. We presently have 16 churches and missions with five being Native American.