Senior Pastor, Aaron Crawford

Pastor Aaron came to us in March of 2018 from a multi-site church near Los Angeles.  He has been married to his wonderful wife Missy for 12 years and they have two little boys.  Aaron has a BA in Philosophy from UCLA and a Master of Divinity from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary.  He loves to read, but hates how long it takes.

Youth Pastor, Bruce Gale

Bruce came to us in September of 2019 from the west side of Albuquerque.  He and his wife Shannon have been married since 2002 and they have three sons.  Bruce has a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Master of Science in Computer Science from Colorado Technical University.  He loves to read, play board games, and spent time playing with his boys.

Worship Leader, Joy Hocker

Joy, Cameron, and their daughter Lily Hocker joined Monterey in 2019.  She is a third-generation worship leader, and has been immersed in worship ministries her whole life.  She loves learning new instruments and her favorite passage of Scripture is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, which tells us to "rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances."

Secretary, Elizabeth Keller

When you call Monterey, you'll probably be talking to Liz.  Calling her the Church Secretary doesn't do her justice.  She's really the glue that holds things together Monday through Friday.


to reach, receive, and raise up every generation of our community for Jesus Christ.


We are investing time, energy, prayer, and resources toward each generation; from babies, to kids, to youth, to young adults, to parents, and grandparents, and even great grandparents!  Young people bring energy into the church.  Senior adults bring wisdom and stability.  Every generation matters, and we're committed to having an age-diverse congregation.  You can see that in our blended worship, our staff, and even in our announcements.

Relevant in our Community

We believe Jesus Christ placed our church building on the corner of Lomas and Loyola so that we would be a beacon of His love to the community around us.  Toward that purpose, we are building solid relationships with the schools in our area, starting with Chelwood Elementary.  We are hosting events for the community and making sure our neighbors know we care about them.  If Monterey Baptist Church were to suddenly disappear, we want to make sure the community around us would notice.


Spiritual growth starts by reaching people outside the church with the good news about Jesus Christ. When someone shows up on a Sunday, the next step is to receive them with the love of Christ.  We believe every person that walks through the door is a gift from the Lord.  Then, when someone is with us, we must give them ways to grow and become more like Christ.  So "reach, receive, and raise up," is really our commitment to growth... from unchurched, to churched, to Christlike and still growing.