Their view: It is OK to acknowledge your weaknesses

Curtis Shelburne, pastor of 16th & Ave. D. Church of Christ in Muleshoe, writes a weekly religion column for the Portales News-Tribune website. Here’s his most recent effort:

Their turn: Give thanks for big, small things in life

CURSTIS SHELBURNE, pastor of 16th & Ave. D. Church of Christ in Muleshoe, writes a weekly column for the CNJ website. This is his latest submission:

Volunteers planning food drive

Polly Kennedy Pastor Bonita Knox and about 80 community volunteers are converging Sunday to participate in the National Communities Responding to Overcoming Poverty Hunger Walk 2011. Knox is enthusiastic about the cause. “I am just hosting this year. It is a community effort,” she stressed. “This has been going on for about five years now, […]

Clovis pastor working to import hay from Iowa

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With a surplus in Iowa and a shortage in the Southwest, a Clovis pastor is working to bring hay to area farmers and ranchers in need. “We’re gauging the need and seeing where we can be the hands in God’s work. You never know until you ask,” said Bonita Knox, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, […]

Their view: Bigger not necessarily better

Bigger not necessarily better Curtis Shelburne is pastor of 16th & Ave. D. Church of Christ in Muleshoe. This is his most recent weekly online column he writes for Freedom New Mexico.

Reader-submitted content: Habitat for Humanity volunteers break ground on new project

By Marge Rhode Last Thursday at 5:30 p.m., approximately 40 friends and neighbors joined the Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors, Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield and our newest prospective homeowner, Sonia Dunlap, to hold a short groundbreaking ceremony at 2100 West Manana Blvd. in Clovis. After a short opening prayer, Brumfield spoke regarding the need […]

Our people: Clovis pastor keeps busy

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Clovis resident David Dawson has lived in Clovis for 38 years. He spends his time doing many things including being a singer, songwriter, producer, motivator and pastor. If you know Dawson, you’re wondering why he didn’t list coach. He said he’s not a coach, he’s a motivator. “Coaches have to understand the player is the […]

Birthdays — Sept. 19

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Green [image #3, align=right, size=medium] Bishop W. C. Green, pastor of First Church of God in Christ (3400 Vinton Street), celebrated his 80th birthday on Sept. 14. His wife, Angie L. Green, his family, and his church family wish him a happy belated birthday. We love and appreciate you.

Getting to know: New pastor says Portales good fit

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David Heflin is the new pastor at the Church of Christ at Third Street and Kilgore Avenue. Heflin and his wife, Katie, and their children Josiah, 6, Micah, 4, and Rebekah, nine months, moved to Portales in January. Heflin is from north Texas and his wife’s parents live in California so they were looking for […]

Jan. 27, 1961

According to the Portales News-Tribune, Rev. Clinton E. Vanzant, pastor of the First Assembly of God at Mansfield, Ohio, and son of Rev. Earl G. Vanzant of Portales Assembly of God, will be ministering to the local Assembly in both services Sunday.

Getting to know: Pastor comes from family of faithful

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Todd Terry is a pastor at Faith Triumphant Church. Background: People who know him call him Pastor Todd. He was born in Portales in the 1960s and grew up on his grandparent’s (Dave and Juanita Terry) dairy farm. He attended school in Floyd and Portales. Terry’s father, James Terry, founded Faith Triumphant Church in 1980 […]

Getting to know: Pastor enlists in ministry after service

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Donald Hay is a pastor at Church of God in Portales. Background: Pastor Donald Hay and his family first came to Portales in 1982. He was born in Florida, but his father worked in construction and the family moved around a lot. Hay served a 27-year career in the U.S. Air Force as an avionics […]

Getting to know: Preacher enjoys developing sermons

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Dora Church of Christ Pastor Gary Simpson was born and raised in South Africa. His family has also lived in the United Kingdom. His wife, Robin, was born and raised in Portales and they met through a friend. They have been married for 16 years and have three children, Charlyn 10, Sarron, 7, and Chantelle, […]

Getting to know: Pastor seeks to change perception of church

Pastor seeks to change perception of church Brian Townsend, 40, moved to Portales eight years ago to become the pastor at the Baptist Student Union, located just across the street from Eastern New Mexico University. Townsend is married to Cherie and the couple has four children: Christian, 17, Brennan, 12, Cara, 10, and Bryce, 6. […]

Elida pastor follows calling after college

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Freedom New Mexico Amy Jordan has been the pastor for Elida Methodist Church for the last four years. Prior to that, she served another four years in the same capacity at a church in San Jon. A graduate of Portales High in 1981, Jordan has two children: daughter Katie Palmer, a youth minister in Clovis, […]

Getting to know: Pastor improves skills

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Freedom New Mexico David McVey, 53, is in his fourth year as pastor of Central Christian Church in Portales. David and his wife Lola, who have three children — Joshua, Jo and Will — moved to town in 2006 after living in Charleston, W.Va. McVey is originally from Grundy, Va., and is on course to […]

Getting to know: Pastor adds title to name after mistaken identity

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Freedom New Mexico Steve Smith has been the pastor at University Baptist Church in Portales for the last 14 years. A graduate of Portales High and Eastern New Mexico University, Smith is married to his wife Kathy and has two sons: Jeremy and Timothy. His last job before moving back to Portales was preaching the […]

Getting to know: New pastor avid fisherman

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Michael Brunk is the new pastor at First United Methodist Church of Portales. He moved here from Albuquerque two weeks ago with his family and is still unpacking the boxes in his office. He has been a pastor for 30 years and he was born in Virginia. What got you interested in being a pastor? […]

Getting to know: Pastor helps congregation find place in ministry

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Walter Huber serves as pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church. He was worked at several churches over his 37 years in the ministry. What is your philosophy of leadership in the church? I believe that the church is the body of Christ and the body of Christ is made up of many members. In fact, the […]

Pastor was quick to condemn

A few days ago a friend of mine invited me to her church, a large, spectacular and impressive conglomerate of buildings and fun. From the moment the usher opened the door, the churchgoers welcomed us with friendly smiles and open arms. The place was impressive, with a coffee shop, (Starbuck’s coffee), a bookstore, a large […]