Leadership

PASTOR & ELDERS

Clifford Chavez

Head Pastor

Hi, I’m Clifford Chavez, presently serving as Senior Pastor of Grace NM in Los Lunas, New Mexico.
     Just a little about myself, I was born in Belen, New Mexico in 1954 into a family of 12. I have 2 brothers and 7 sisters, all currently alive. My parents, both deceased, raised us in a very stable loving environment where I received a very solid foundation for my faith. My father was a hard working laborer for the Bureau of Reclamation which meant a very modest income raising a family of 12. Growing up we as a family we never once ate out at a restaurant or ever went on a vacation but here is where the old adage comes in, "You don’t necessarily want what you don’t have”. That being said, we were, at least I was, pretty much always happy and free of worry or care.
     As I mentioned prior, I received a solid foundation for my faith in God. He was always real to me but I always had this nagging thought of the afterlife, heaven or hell. As I was finishing up my senior year of high school I listened to the message of the Gospel and how salvation was a free gift of God and it could me mine if I would forsake my sin through repentance and submit my life to Him. I never felt so free in all my life! That’s when my life changed for the better. A few years later I met the girl of my dreams and we were married after a 3 month courtship in the summer of 1975. At the time we were very much involved with our church and life pretty much revolved around Jesus and His teachings. We went on to have 5 children of whom we now credit our 11 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
     The majority of our first twenty years of marriage consisted of making a living (at times I worked three different jobs) and serving the Lord through our church. It was then after 20 years that we came to a crossroad and decided that the Lord was moving us out of a comfort zone we had built and it was time to move on. We checked out a church in Los Lunas named Los Lunas Christian Church and after attending a few Sundays we never looked back. Since that time we built lasting relationships, got involved with missions and eventually I was selected for a position as an Elder.
     The church (Los Lunas Christian Church) went through some rough times, and after a series of different Pastors, I was asked by the Elders in the year 2006 if I would pray about filling the vacancy of Senior Pastor. Chris and I prayed and said yes to the Lord. I retired from both my position as a high school instructor and as a general contractor and never looked back. I’ve been pastoring this body of believers with the help of a wonderful God fearing board of elders for 14 years and it has been a truly rewarding experience. I know that the days ahead are going to be challenging, as I am a firm believer that we are living in the last days as prophesied in the Scriptures, but I am confident that we will see almighty God’s hand in all we do and will continue to experience His abundant love and guidance in all we do.

     Thanks for reading, I hope you were able to get to know me a little bit; I in return would love the opportunity to get to know you! Be blessed and Maranatha!

Randy Abeyta

Elder

Hi, I'm Randy Abeyta, an elder of Grace NM.
     I've been a believer for 33 years and have attended Grace since 1990. I enjoy spending time with my wife Sandra of whom I've been married to for 37 years, my oldest son Randolph and his wife Julie, my younger son Sergio, granddaughter Janessa, great granddaughter Neveah, and my baby Adalena. My hobbies are hunting and fishing and my favorite cars are Mustangs!

Christopher Kent

Elder & Youth Leader

Hello! I'm Christopher Kent, the youth director and elder of Grace NM.
     My wife Andrea and I have been married for 17 years and we have four amazing, beautiful daughters. Our family has been attending Grace for over 10 years and back in June of 2019 my wife and I started leading the Forge youth group. We have a heart for our youth and while we realize they are our future, we also know the impact they can have right now.
     In our free time we enjoy.....oh, who are we kidding?! Between work, homeschooling, having 4 children, running a youth group, and other obligations, we don’t have much free time. But right now we are just so thankful for where God has us in this season of life and are truly embracing it. We are very humbled to be assisting our youth in their daily walk with God.

Tim Romero

Elder

Hi, I'm Tim Romero, an elder of Grace NM.
     My wife Brenda and I have been married for 38 years. We have 5 children, 8 grandchildren and two dogs.  I own a small business here in Los Lunas while Brenda is a part-time seamstress and a full-time Gramma.  We have lived in Los Lunas for 34 years and enjoy spending time with our family, traveling, working in our yard, and watching the Washington Nationals!

Kevin Sanchez

Elder

Hi, I'm Kevin Sanchez, an elder of Grace NM.
     My wife Cecilia and I began our new life together when we were married in June of 2017.  We have two adult daughters; Sonia and Mikayla.  After we were married, we have been actively seeking God’s direction on how we can be more involved in His works and advancement of God’s kingdom.
     Some of our ministry interests are international missions, serving the local homeless with basic practical provisions, and serving in our community kitchen. In and among these ministries is our heart felt calling to be prayer warriors for the lost, broken, and ill, as well as praying for spiritual strengthening of the body of Christ.
     Things we like to do outside of work and church are spending time outdoors camping/fishing/hunting, gardening, crafting, working out in the yard, and spending time with family.

Pete Weh

Elder

Hi, I'm Pete Weh, an elder of Grace NM.
     My wife, Serena and I have been members of Grace NM since 2001. Through the years we have been involved in many of Grace’s ministries. Currently, Serena, our son Eric and daughter-in-law Francesca, and daughter Abby are all volunteers on the worship team. Our youngest daughter Stacy helps with the usher ministry. We love our community here in Los Lunas and enjoy helping with the various outreaches. Our love for God is the strongest bond we have and our love for one another keeps us united as a Church family. When I'm not at work, I am busy helping Serena with our small family farm, and enjoying quality time with my family.

STAFF MEMBERS

Wendy Bersche

Administrator

Hi, I'm Wendy Bersche, the administrator of Grace NM.
     I have been on staff at Grace for over 25 years serving as administrator. I always say, “Thank you, God for the best job I have ever had." However, it has never been a "job" for me, but instead, a ministry calling. The bulk of my experience in serving the church in the office, came from working in the hotel field alongside my father. I worked all kinds of jobs, from maid to manager and all jobs in between. I thrive in doing multiple tasks simultaneously and that is definitely something that I find myself doing on a daily basis at Grace. I hope to work here many more years. In fact, I say that working Monday through Thursday with a 3 day weekend is about as “retired” as I ever want to be.

Brandon Gonzales

Media & Sound Director

Hey ya’ll, I'm Brandon Gonzales, the media & sound director at Grace NM.
     Grace became my home church in 2007 and I joined the staff in 2012.  Over the years it’s been a rough, interesting and fun journey with Jesus. I answered the call to ministry at a young age; starting at the age of 12, I began learning how to run the mixing consoles and I instantly fell in love with it. Music and the art behind it is something I have always loved. I believe the audio and visual elements are huge parts of worship and that the art/sound connection behind them in itself is worship.

Caleb Proctor

Web & App Manager

Hi! I'm Caleb Proctor, the website and app manager here at Grace NM.
     I have been a part of the Grace family since I was about 8 to 10 years old. This is where my faith in Jesus Christ has developed and strengthened over the years. I'm so blessed to be apart of this church family! The first time I got involved at Grace NM was when I started drumming on the youth group worship team as a 15-years-old and I've been drumming here ever since!
Today I'm a part-time staffer doing something I truly enjoy: creating art, managing our app and website, serving my church family with the fun talents God has given me, and doing my part to make the name of Jesus famous in my sphere of influence.

     A few things I like to do in my free time: study the Bible with a group, be with family and friends, play my drums, snowboard, hike, bike, go camping, sit around a campfire and eat s'mores, and design art.