When quarantine started, we made a commitment to follow the government's safety guidelines and to keep preaching the gospel.  After we closed the doors to the church building, we started broadcasting our worship services online.  Our ministries either took a break or found a way to operate online.  We did some midweek Bible studies and church history lessons on Facebook.  We maintained a healthy prayer ministry, our food pantry, and we kept in touch with our local schools.  During that time we found that God used our activity online to open some new opportunities and start some new relationships. 

The Governor has started to allow churches in New Mexico to meet (with restrictions), so we have reopened our church building on Sunday mornings, and we will be following all the current restrictions from the CDC and the State of New Mexico.  

That means, for now... 

  • Our seating capacity is at 25%, so we've added a worship service.  We now have two services: 9AM and 10:30AM.  
  • The rows have been adjusted for social distancing.
  • Masks are required.
  • We have installed hand sanitizers.
  • We are discouraging hugs and handshakes.
  • We have giving stations so we don't have to pass the offering around.
  • We won't have congregational singing.  
  • On Sunday morning there is no children's ministry or youth ministry, so if you bring your kids to church (and you should!) they'll be sitting with you.
  • Beyond the worship service, our ministries are still in "quarantine mode."

For those who are uncomfortable coming to the building at this point, we will be live-streaming our 10:30 church service every Sunday to our Facebook page and here, under the "Sermons" tab on our website.  


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 13 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 spend 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."

Bookkeeper, Elizabeth Keller

Office Administrators, Brittany Wendland and Shannon Gale


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.