Gila Valley Baptist Church

Exalting the Savior, Equipping the Saints, Evangelizing the Sinner

Jeanne Dickerson 

died peacefully on May 9, 2020, at her home surrounded by her family.

She graduated from Lordsburg NM as valedictorian in 1953. She married Wayne Dickerson, the love of her life, on March 20, 1954. They enjoyed adventures together on the Dickerson Cattle Ranch for more than 66 years.

She had three sons and their wives which she treasured: Timothy Dickerson (deceased); Robert and his wife Katherine Dickerson of Las Cruces, NM; Jerry and his wife DaVonna Dickerson of Cliff, NM. She has four grandchildren; Christopher and Susan Dickerson of Las Cruces NM, Chelsea Fuchs, and her husband Brandon of Edgewood NM; Tech Sgt Tiffany Arwine and her husband Mike of Anchorage AK. She also has two great-grandchildren Temperance and Henry Fuchs of Edgewood NM. As a great, great, great aunt she enjoyed sharing time and adventures with her many nieces and nephews. She loved to spoil her family and church members by preparing exceptional meals.

She worshipped at the Gila Valley Baptist Church (GVBC). She demonstrated great love for her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ dedicating her life in prayer and sharing the good news that Jesus had died to pay the price for our sins setting us free.

She was a member of the Grant County Art Guild for more than 40 years. One of her prize-winning paintings “Stay Molly” can be seen in the hallway of Gila Regional Medical Center next to the surgery center. Her favorite holiday was Christmas. She loved making Christmas ornaments and custom cards.

A viewing will be at Bright’s Funeral Home in Silver City, NM Thursday, May 14th between 2:00 and 4:00 PM.

An outdoor “drive-up” funeral will be held at the Gila Baptist Church Friday, May 15th at 9:00 AM. To attend this service, you must comply with CDC guidelines. We request everyone to stay in their cars at the church drive-up service. Directly following this service, a graveside service will be held at the Mesa Cemetery. Everyone is invited who is willing to wear a mask or neckerchief and use hand sanitizer. If you do not believe in wearing a mask do not come! Our desire is to celebrate mom’s life while keeping everyone safe in compliance with all the state's requirements. Mom was always concerned with safety for everyone. These precautions would make her incredibly happy. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Instead of sending flowers please make donations to Gila Valley Baptist Church, PO Box 62, Gila NM, 88038 in her name.

Should you have any questions or concerns please contact:

Jerry Dickerson


[email protected]

Gila Valley Baptist Church is located on Highway 211 in Gila, New Mexico.

Our church is located directly across from the Gila Senior Center and Post Office.

We would like to invite you to any of our worship services, or fellowship events.

Lord, thank You for Your grace and forgiveness and new beginnings.

No matter what lies in our past, when we confess our sin,

God forgives us and gives us a fresh start.

What great cause for hope!

God’s grace offers us fresh starts.

Everyone whose heart God had moved—prepared to go up and build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem. Ezra 1:5

Sunday Worship:

Sunday School for all ages: 9:45 am 

Sunday Morning Worship Service: 11:00 am

Sunday Evening Worship Service: 6:00 pm 

Exalting the Savior,

Equipping the Saints,

Evangelizing the Sinner

A Church Potluck Lunch is held the first Sunday of each month unless otherwise noted. June 7th, 2020--tentatively

Lunch is served immediately after the Morning Worship Service.

We'd love for you to attend!

After 9 weeks, our church will be opening! Y’all come back to church this Sunday, May 24th

Sunday School starts at 9:45 am, 

Sunday Morning Worship Service starts at 11:00 am, 

Evening Worship Service at 6:00 pm. 

We will set-up speakers outside, if you are not comfortable coming into the building, you will still be able to hear the Morning Worship Service from your car.

Gila Valley Baptist Church Anniversary

In April 1960 Gila Valley Baptist Mission was started with the aid of First Baptist Church of Lordsburg. We became independent and organized as a church in May 1981. Gila Valley Baptist is now 60 years old, thank you to the 10 original, dedicated and faithful people that followed God’s will and formed the Mission. 

Gila Valley Baptist Church in Gila, New

Mexico is seeking a full-time pastor. We are a small, but very active, southern Baptist church with approximately one hundred members and very active children’s and youth ministries. Seminary attendance or training is preferred. Candidate should possess strong biblical theology, as well as, good organizational, communication, and leadership skills. Email resumes to:

[email protected]

Church Business Meetings

All members are encouraged to attend the Business Meetings that are held on the first Wednesday after the first Sunday of the month.

Business meetings

begin at 7:00 pm.

The next meeting is on

Wednesday, June 10th 

Operation Christmas Child Year-Round /Purchasing 

& Packing Ideas

Savvy shoppers know that they can impact more children around the world for eternity by looking for shoebox items throughout the year. If you start purchasing items for the box in January, by November you have made a nice Christmas box. 

May items to buy for a box: Hygiene Items

2020 Census Information

The census is available now. For people that get their mail delivered through a post office box…. you will not receive anything in the mail. You can self-respond on the web at and click “Start Questionnaire”. Then click on “If you do not have a Census ID, click here.” It takes minutes to complete! If you do not complete the online form, eventually a Census Taker will be at your home. See all the census details in the foyer or call 844-330-2020.  

Keep living for Him faithfully and waiting patiently for His plan.

Library News

 Did you know we have a church library with a wide variety of literature available for you and your family? There are books by popular Christian authors, books on spiritual growth, fiction books for kids, teens, and adults! Tons of movies with Christian values to share with the whole family. The Gila Valley Church wants you to Check out the Library! 

If you are interested in seeing something added to our collection please call the church at 535-2977. 

If you have books/videos that you’re not using, please return them so someone else can check it out.

Keep God First 

The highest form of prayer comes from the depths of a humble heart.

Youth Group

Watch for videos/updates/fun activities on the Youth Facebook page, Snapchat, or YouTube videos.


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Beau Jackson or Tammy Clifton.

Youth Group meets on Wednesday's starting at 6:00 PM at Gila Valley Baptist Church

in the Fellowship Hall.

All youth from 7-12 grade are invited!

Wednesday Youth Nights

Starts at 6:00 PM

**watch for Fall 2020 schedule**

**Schedule is subject to change 

Drive-Up Senior Celebration 

Gila Valley Baptist Church would like to invite the Cliff High School graduating class of 2020 to the church parking lot for a drive-up celebration, 


May 21, 2020, 

at 6:30 p.m. 

We invite family, friends, and all community members to join us in celebrating these graduates and their accomplishments.



Find a person today and encourage them, whether they are in Christ or not. We are to be encouragers to all whom we meet. There is already enough discouragement in this world, so be a glass-half-full person and not glass-half-empty. In fact, just be thankful you even have a glass!          (by Jack Wellman)

1 Thessalonians 5:11      “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”

God’s priority is your ​heart.

5 Reasons Your Teen should attend

Youth Group:

1. Christ, He changes EVERYTHING!

2. Fellowship

3. Support

4. Prayer

5. Joy

Nursery Workers

If you would like to help in the nursery during the Morning Worship Service, please contact Sheree Richins, Deanna Kartchner or Dawna McCauley.

GVBC Facebook Page

Gila Valley has set-up a Facebook page to help get information out to all the members. The page will have administrators that will approve members and comments to the site.

You can search for the page under

Gila Valley Baptist Church or click the link under the Information/Links page above.

If you have any questions, please see

Brenda or Tommye.

Like any organization, a church needs a way to get in touch with its congregation quickly in the event of an emergency or just for a quicker, easier form of communication. Not everyone makes it to Sunday services to hear our announcements or read our bulletin. DialMyCalls can be used for numerous announcements and to specific groups within the church. Within just a few minutes our entire church family receives a message and becomes immediately informed. As announcements need to be made, will be used. If you have any questions, visit with Brenda.

Lord, You do take our breath away with Your greatness. Thank You for reminding us of Your grandeur in Your world and in Your Word.

Gila Valley Baptist Church

P.O. Box 62

402 Highway 211

Gila, NM 88038