History of Gila Valley Baptist Church

               Gila Valley Baptist Church began on Easter Sunday, April 17 1960 as a mission of the First Baptist Church of Lordsburg, New Mexico. Ten people joined together to form the mission group. Construction of the church began in 1979 with church members providing the labor and was debt-free upon completion. The new building was dedicated on May 24, 1981, and our congregation was constituted as a church.

               Gila Valley Baptist Church has had five pastors and two interims: Kenneth Henderson, 1981-1988, Horace Kennedy, 1988-1989 (interim), Walter Huber, 1989-2002, Tar Henderson, 2004-2016, Dan Grindstaff, September 2016 (interim), Pastor, November 2016-July 2019, Nathan Peterson April 2021-present.

               The people of Gila Valley Baptist Church have been the recipients of God's wonderful blessings throughout the years. By God's grace, we have remained faithful to live out our mission of Exalting the Savior, Equipping the Saints, and Evangelizing the Sinner in our community. This church remains strong being built on the solid foundation of Jesus Christ, guided by God's Word and empowered by the Holy Spirit. May we continue to mature as disciples of Christ, demonstrating love, generosity, commitment, and unity all for God's glory.

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. 

 Eddy was able to load the 30th Anniversary Service videos onto the church's YouTube channel. You can find it at this link: Gila Valley Baptist Church YouTube channel link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClMSrP9XbvTtiAkD26cUiOw

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Gila Valley Baptist Church

P.O. Box 62

402 Highway 211

Gila, NM 88038