OUR LEADERSHIP STAFF

Our staff members recognize the importance of our personal relationship with God as the foundation of our service to this congregation and to our community. We believe in building environments where healthy growth (spiritual, emotional, numerical etc.) can happen. And we desire to produce a laity-driven congregation where the staff serves as developers of ministries and equippers of people. Therefore we will be a resource to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.

 

 

Meet the Staff 
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Senior Pastor
Darren Skinner
 

 

Pastor Darren L. Skinner has served Hobbs, First UMC for the past seven years.  Darren has been married to Sheila since 1997.  He met her in Idalou, Texas where she was a member of the choir of FUMC, Idalou.  “Sheila is my joy and rock.  She makes me laugh and keeps me from being so serious.”  She is excited about the opportunities in Las Cruces.  She brought to their marriage two children, Joseph and Philip.  Joseph, 25, is a graduate of Texas A&M University with Agronomy degree (Crop and Soil Sciences).  He lives in Katy, TX working on an Ag research farm.  He is engaged to Kendall Kincade, a 5

th grade teacher. They will marry June 11th

of this year. “We are excited about Joe and Kendall and their marriage, they are a fine couple.”  Philip, 23, is a Lance Corporal in the USMC stationed in Camp Lejeune, NC.  While in the Marine Corps he has driven, worked on, and fired the M1A2 Abrams tank.  He will be released from his service tentatively in May of this year.  Phil has been accepted into the Criminal Justice program at Sam Houston State University.  His current plans are to begin in the fall.  Together Sheila and Darren have a son, Benjamin, who is a sophomore at Hobbs, High School.  He is a member of the band and a PlayStation aficionado. 

Darren began his ministry in the NWTX Conference serving church in Coahoma/Big Spring, TX, O’Donnell/Draw, TX, Idalou, TX, Denver City, TX and Hereford, TX.  He is a graduate of Angelo State University with a Bachelor in Music Education and received a Master of Divinity from Oral Roberts University. Darren is one of the lead consultants for the Conference Healthy Church Initiative and is working on becoming a certified coach.   

“I am excited about coming to St. Paul’s Las Cruces.  I have heard many wonderful things about the church and look forward to have fruitful ministry with the members of the church.  I love your tag line, ‘transforming the world from the heart of Las Cruces.’ My desire as pastor is to encourage, challenge, and lead people to grow into a deeper relationship with Jesus and with others.   I know together we can carry on the fine ministry of transformation that Eddie has begun and continued there.  Please be praying for us as we make this transition from Hobbs to Cruces.  Know you are in my prayers as well.”

St. Paul’s is called to pray for Rev. Skinner’s future ministry among us and for his family that God will bless this transitional time for all of them and our congregation as well.

Paul
Pastoral Assistant
Dr. Paul Duerksen
(575) 526-6689, Ex 1006

“Pastor Paul” (as he’s been called for years) retired from active clergy status in the New Mexico Conference in 2011.  After settling in Las Cruces to be near his children he was hired part-time as the visitation pastor at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.  Though his duties have changed over the years, he still enjoys serving Jesus Christ with others, teaching the Bible, visiting the sick, and training others in how to become mature Christian disciples.  He teaches our “Discipleship Pathways” course monthly to all who wish to join the church and oversees some of St. Paul’s Care Team.

Doug
Dr. Doug Weeks
(575) 526-6689, Ex 1009
Doug was born in Mississippi and grew up in Pueblo, CO and Gary, IN.  He married Rosanne Sgroi in 1977.
Doug earned his undergraduate degree from Samford University, his Master of Music and Doctorate degrees from Washington University in St. Louis, MO.  He has taught elementary school music and continues to bless the youth of Las Cruces with his originally written musicals for summer music camps and various other productions.  Dr. Weeks has worked with churches since 1974 in St. Louis, Columbus, MS and now here.
Doug and Rosanne have two children, Ryan (Baltimore, MD) and Bethany (Denver, CO)
They also have 1 dog, 1 cat, 14 chickens, 14 dove and a wonderful flower garden.  His drink of choice is iced tea.  He likes the color red, Caliche’s custard and raisins.  He prefers Wal-Mart to Target (but tries to avoid both), La Fiesta apple fritters over bagels and going to a the Fountain theater or watching a movie at home.  His favorite place to eat is Andele”s Dog House.  And the most important question asked in Las Cruces:  Red or Green…..Doug says Green!!
 
 
 
Director of Family Life Ministries
Colette Bullock
(575) 526-6689, Ex 1007
 
 
Mark
Church Administrator
Mark Ewing
(575) 526-6689, Ex 1002

Mark moved to Las Cruces as an infant and St. Paul’s has been the only church home he has known.  His earliest memory of St. Paul’s is as a preschooler in worship sitting beside his grandmother and waiting for the ‘Angels’ (choir members) to enter the choir loft in the pre 1965 sanctuary.

Mark joined St. Paul’s staff in 1982 as an administrative assistant and became the Church Administrator some two years later. Mark graduated from NMSU with a BA (Sociology) and completed his certification in Church Finance and Administration from Emory University in 1993. 

Mark is married to a native Las Crucen, Lupita, and they celebrated their 40th anniversary recently.  They have 2 children, Michelle Culberson, who is married to Brian, both are teachers in the Lordsburg School District, and Brandi VerPloegh who is also married to a Brian and resides in Albuquerque.  Brandi is a Bank Examiner with the OCC and Brian is a charter school teacher.  Mark and Lupita have 1 grand child, Mackenzie VerPloegh who was born in April 2016.

Mark believes there is still much work to be done in our community reaching people for Christ, and he looks forward to the privilege of making disciples for Christ and transforming lives from the heart of Las Cruces.

Barbara
Church Secretary
Barbara MacDonald
(575) 526-6689, Ex 1004

Barbara was born in Garden City, Kansas and raised in Hobbs, New Mexico. Barbara is the proud mother of one son that lives in Albuquerque and two daughters that live in Phoenix. She has one grandson who is now 21 years old.

Barbara began her secretary position at St. Paul’s in June of 1998. What an experience it has been and she says she has made sooooo many wonderful friends.

Barbara enjoys singing in “The New Desert Harmony Chorus” where she has been on the board in many positions. She enjoys singing in trios, quartets and small groups.

Presently she has discovered altering/decorating cigar boxes and wine and liquor bottles to be a hobby she really enjoys.

 

 
Lucy Cedillo for webpage Director
St. Paul’s Child Development Center

Lucy Sedillo

(575) 526-6689, Ex 1001

Lucy M. Sedillo is the mom of  Sterlyng who is 7 years old (but she will be turning 8 mid March) and Brevyn who is 6.  They both attend Highland elementary and are involved in children’s theater. Lucy is a Las Cruces native. She graduated from Mayfield high school in 1986 and has had twenty years of managerial experience.  She was an Allstate manager for 15 years and was a retail manager before that for 5 years. From 2008 to 2014 Lucy ran her own home preschool while attending NMSU. She graduated with honors December of 2015 with a bachelors in Early Childhood Education. Lucy enjoys hiking whenever she get a chance and painting or drawing whenever the time permits. She spends most of her free time with her children, taking them on new adventures or just relaxing watching movies or reading books together. 

Youth Ministries
Shiela Skinner
(575) 526-6689
 
Chilren’s Ministries
Sheryl Barnham
(575) 526-6689