At First Baptist Church, you’ll find welcoming people, a message of encouragement, refreshing music, and great programs for the family. We are a church of people like you who care about loving God and loving others, while reaching the community, city, state, and around the world for Christ. We are a Bible teaching church of Prayer and Missions. We look forward to meeting you. Come enjoy the morning with us.

Sunday Services

9am Traditional Worship Service
- Adult, Children, and Youth Bible studies
10:45am Contemporary Worship Service
- Adult and Children Bible studies 
Evenings Choirs; Adult and Youth Bible studies

Wednesday Services

6pm Intercessory Prayer
6:15pm Encounter: Corporate Worship & Prayer
- Kids In Action (grades 1-5)
- Youth LifeSource

Our Ministries 

Jesus told us, his disciples, to make disciples of all nations. One of the most important values of First Baptist Church is our mission to the world. It begins in our own community and spreads overseas to every nation. In order to help accomplish this, we offer a variety of ministries for a variety of ages. 

adult ministry

Our adults enjoy a rich time of Bible study and fellowship on Sunday mornings in conjunction with corporate worship. Our classes are open to everyone, so you're encouraged to try different ones until you have found the class that's right for you. Classes cover a variety of materials from Beth Moore studies, Explore the Bible, Bible Studies for Life, Masterworks, and others. Read more… 

children's ministry

Children are very important people at First Baptist Church. Much time and thought is devoted to making sure each child has a memorable experience at our church. Our preschool meets downstairs and children’s programs are upstairs in KidsZone for grades 1-5. Read more…

music ministry

Words of praise and worship fill the Scriptures and it’s our responsibility and privilege to worship our great God through music. Read more…

senior adult ministry

They bring a wealth of experience, wisdom, and energy to the whole life of the church. Some people may retire from their jobs, but they never retire from serving the Lord. Read more…

stephen ministry

Our congregation equips lay people to provide confidential, one-to-one Christian care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. Volunteers go through 50 hours of training to be equip to become a Stephen Ministry Caregiver. Read more…

youth ministry

We are here to create a safe and vibrant environment where all students can feel welcome and grow in their faith together. Read more…

Come, let’s sing out loud to the LORD! Let’s raise a joyful shout to the rock of our salvation!
Psalm 95:1 


Amazing Things Campaign

Check the progress on our land purchase and its development and payoff. Learn how you can contribute to the future of First Baptist Church in Las Cruces. 

camps and forms

Need to find info about summer camps or turn in a form for an upcoming activity? You’ll find what you need on our Camps/Form page


We publish each Sunday sermon on our Sermons page in mp3 format along with any outline materials, so you can easily listen to it whenever you want and wherever you are.

Social Media

Using media to spread the gospel is a requirement in today’s world. In an age of widespread technology, we have a stewardship to use these tools as best as possible for kingdom purposes. In following with this, we provide a Twitter feed and these Facebook pages to help share information with you: 

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Romans 12:12 


EncounterEncounter – Wednesdays 6:15-7:30pm

Come and experience a whole new way of approaching our Lord. Wednesdays at 6pm starts a time for personal reflection and devotion to intercede on behalf of others and to pray with one of the ministers of the church. At 6:15pm the corporate time of prayer begins. Together we praise God. We ask Him to us how to walk closer to Him. We lift up our needs and the needs of others. This is followed by a time of spiritual preparation to face the world. Finally, we return to a closing time of praise and adoration. This is a worship-based approach to corporate prayer. Childcare provided, along with Kids In Action for grades 1-5. 

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit

Matthew 28:19

About Us

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOrganized in 1899, First Baptist Church has grown from meeting in people’s homes and rented buildings, to having its first church building in 1913. We have helped several churches throughout the valley get their start and we maintain a mind for missions.

What We Believe

We follow The Baptist Faith & Message statement as adopted by the Southern Baptist Convention.


Leadership Team

Dr. Joe Bunce
Interim Pastor
Mike Edwards
Music/Worship Minister
Richard King
Adult Education Minister
Larry Henson
Senior Adult Minister
Alisa Vandevender
Children’s Minister
David Wilson
Youth Minister

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Hours & Directions

Office Hours: Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm

Church Location & Address: 106 S. Miranda St., Las Cruces, NM 88005 (map)

Telephone & Fax: Tel: 575.524.3691 | Fax: 575.523.6994

After hours emergency: 575.526.9321


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FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF LAS CRUCES, NM is extending its application period and continues to accept applications and referrals for the position of senior pastor. Sunday worship attendance 500+. Applicants should meet the position requirements as reflected in the church’s “pastor profile”. Send resume or referral letter to Pastor Search Committee at psc@fbclascruces.com (electronic submissions are encouraged), or mail to Pastor Search Committee, First Baptist Church, 106 S. Miranda, Las Cruces, NM  88005. 

The pastor profile presented below was developed by the Pastor Search Committee – relying principally on scripture, but with consideration of preferences expressed in a congregational questionnaire — for use in publicizing the Senior Pastor vacancy. The characteristics described below are intended to provide guidance to both the Pastor Search Committee and to those who may wish to either apply for the senior pastor position or refer candidates to the Pastor Search Committee.


The next pastor of First Baptist Church of Las Cruces will evidence the characteristics outlined in the Scripture, e.g., 1 Peter 5:1-4;1 Tim. 3:1-7; etc., for a Christian leader. He will be a man of vision, spiritual discernment, and leadership who joyfully accepts his responsibilities as pastor. He will lead the church in fulfilling the Great Commission.

He will have the gift of preaching, be an effective communicator of the Gospel, and inspire unity. He will provide encouragement and guidance for church leaders and committees in planning, coordinating, and evaluating the activities of the church. The pastor will encourage, coordinate and supervise the ministries and efforts of the pastoral and support staff. He will provide leadership in developing and recommending strategic goals and actions and have skills to motivate lay leaders to achieve these goals.

Our next pastor will be a man of prayer — warm, outgoing, friendly, approachable, and able to relate to all age groups. His style of leadership shall be characterized more by influence and persuasion than by control and coercion. He will be inclusive in spirit and a proponent of the historic Baptist distinctives, including the primacy of scriptures, the dignity and worth of every person, the priesthood of the believer, freedom of conscience, and religious liberty.

He will be comfortable leading in a variety of worship styles, demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ to others with an open and caring spirit. He will recognize the heritage of First Baptist Church of Las Cruces and seek out ways to create an open, hospitable, and discipling atmosphere for seekers who are unfamiliar with basic Baptist beliefs and doctrines. 

Preferably, our new pastor will be seminary trained, with an advanced degree and will have at least five years’ experience as a lead pastor of a reasonably sized congregation with multiple pastoral staff that practices both traditional and contemporary worship styles.


First Baptist Church of Las Cruces (established 1899) is located in Las Cruces, a culturally diverse city in southern New Mexico with approximately 100,000 residents (57% Hispanic, 38% white non-Hispanic). An estimated 214,000 people live in Dona Ana County. The largest employers are New Mexico State University, White Sands Missile Range and related contractors, the agricultural industry, the two regional hospitals, the City of Las Cruces, and Dona Ana County. Las Cruces is 45 miles north of El Paso, TX, and Juarez, Mexico. Las Cruces has an excellent public school system and is the home of New Mexico State University, the state’s land-grant university, and its affiliated Dona Ana Community College which have a combined enrollment of approximately 28,000 students (full and part time).

The Church has 1534 resident members. During 2013, Sunday morning worship attendance was in the 500 to 600 range. (2 services –contemporary and traditional) and is averaging about 540 in 2014 with an average SS attendance of 380 in the third quarter, 2014. 2013 actual budget receipts were $1,358,000. Budgeted receipts for 2014 are $1,360,000. The Church operates a preschool and childcare center (Baptist Child Development Center) with an annual budget of $475,000.

The Church employs four full-time ministerial staff (Ministers of Education, Music/Worship, Youth, and Children) and one part-time senior adult minister in addition to the senior pastor. The church is located in downtown Las Cruces; however, in anticipation of future re-location of our worship facilities, we have purchased an 18.5 acre site east of the downtown area in a location projected to be the very center of the city’s future population growth. FBC is a mission oriented church, supportive of the Cooperative Program and associational missions. Many of the Baptist churches in the area were started through the mission efforts of First Baptist Church. FBC subscribes to the Baptist Faith and Message with the 2000 version included as part of our Constitution and Bylaws.

The senior pastor is the spiritual leader of the congregation. He also works with the ministerial staff, the trustees, business administrator, financial assistant, and a number of church committees in the administration of the church’s personnel, finances, facilities, and programs.