7/3 Life Story

By Laurie Stone: PNT Correspondent Pacheco was pillar of strength, man of honor Robert “Bobby” Pacheco Jr. called a man of honor, support and discipline. He was a pillar of strength to as many people as he was an example. According to family and friends, Pacheco was an excellent teacher that had an initiative and […]

Pastor resigns from First Baptist

Freedom Newspapers The pastor of First Baptist Church in Portales resigned two weeks ago, and is in the process of searching for another job out of state. Philip Fike said he left the church because God is calling him to a different area. He said because he is searching for a job out of state, […]

Church attendance slow before, after holiday

By Michelle Seeber About 100 people attended the Christmas Eve Service on Wednesday at the First Baptist Church of Portales. Many were members and regular church attendees of the service that provided music accompanied by a trumpet, a French horn, a violin and a guitar. If there were any at the service who hadn’t attended […]

Local pastor to head state convention

Darrel Todd Maurina By Darrell Todd Maurina Freedom Newspapers Darrell_Maurina@link.freedom.com The pastor of one of Portales’ largest churches recently added to his list of responsibilities. On Oct. 29, the Rev. Philip Fike, pastor of First Baptist Church of Portales, became the first vice president of the Baptist Convention of New Mexico. The role makes him […]