Are you looking for a place to belong? Do you desire to be a part of a community where grace and truth are taught and practiced? You’ll find that here at Bethel. We are a multi-generational fellowship of believers that seeks to fulfill the Great Commission and live out the Great Commandment, starting in Alamogordo and going to the very ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). Bethel is a Christ-centered, Bible teaching and preaching church on mission to share the life-transforming power of the Gospel with our families, friends, and neighbors.
Bethel began as a church plant in September of 1951, when 55 men and women from First Baptist Church of Alamogordo stepped out in faith to start a new mission work in the area. Meeting in a small building on 10th Street, the church soon outgrew its facilities. In 1956, Bethel dedicated a new worship facility at 900 Jefferson and added an education building in 1959.
In 1963, the church purchased property on Scenic Drive that would become Bethel’s new home. During the 1960s, the church continued to grow, adding new believers as well as members from a sister church, Heights Baptist Church. With more people coming into the church, the leadership began to plan for the future. In May 1973, the original Worship Center on Scenic Drive was dedicated as the S.D. Davis Building and in 1977, a Gymnasium was dedicated as the Andy Hendrix Center.
Because of continuing growth, the church agreed in 1989 to build a new Worship Center and to renovate the existing Davis Building. The new Worship Center was dedicated on December 22, 1991. This beautiful 500 seat sanctuary, which includes a picturesque window looking out into the Sacramento Mountains, is currently being used as Bethel’s primary Worship Center.
Responding to a need for more Bible study space, the church once again expanded its campus, dedicating a new Education & Conference Center on March 6, 2011. This modern facility, with 11 classrooms, fellowship kitchen, and prayer room, houses weekly Bible study classes in addition to hosting fellowships, conferences, seminars, and community events.
For nearly 65 years, God has richly blessed Bethel Baptist Church. By God’s grace and for His glory, we have seen our fellowship of believers continued to grow and impact our community and world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Like the original 55 men and women who stepped out in faith to begin Bethel, we are called on to step out in faith to continue the mission which they started. No one is here by accident or coincidence. God has brought us here for such a time as this. The best days for Bethel are out in front. The mission continues . . .
Matt Celoria was born in Roswell, New Mexico and grew up singing gospel music with his family. The Celoria Family Singers sang in nearly 1,000 churches across the United States for over a decade. As a teenager he surrendered his life to preach the gospel.
He earned his Bachelor’s degree from William Carey University, where he met his wife. Upon graduating with a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Matt served at churches located in Mississippi, Arizona and Oklahoma.
Matt and his wife, Amber moved to Alamogordo with their four children, Michael, Paige, Luke, and Asher in 2015 and was called as Bethel’s Senior Pastor in January of 2018.
Pastor Jon was born in San Diego, California, but raised in North West Montana. Jon has worked in youth ministry since 2001 serving in Montana, Seattle, Louisiana, and joined Bethel in August of 2010. He has a B.A. of Psychology with an emphasis on Youth and Family counseling from Louisiana Tech University and a Master’s of Theology from Liberty University. Jon and his wife, Amanda, have four children, Josiah, Hannah, Sarah and Isaiah. Besides spending time with his family, Jon’s hobbies include playing guitar, gardening, watching Netflix, and although he enjoys all football, he especially cheers for the San Diego Chargers. Favorite scriptures of his are found in Philippians, Ruth, Romans, and Acts. Jon loves working with the students of Bethel Baptist Church and desires them to “grow closer together as they most importantly grow closer to Christ”.
Pastor of Music and Worship
Stephen has served Bethel as Associate Pastor of Music and Worship since August, 2012, after serving churches for 30 years in Florida, Texas, Georgia and Tennessee. After receiving a B.A. in Music (Piano and Vocal Performance) from Tennessee Temple University in 1984 he continued to serve in full-time ministry. Both he and his wife, Vicki, attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Forth Worth, TX where they graduated with a Master of Music degree in 2001. Their children, Stephanie and Nathan, are both graduates of Dallas Baptist University and reside in Dallas, TX. Stephen’s priorities are to lead the church in worship and develop worship-leading choirs and musicians of all ages.
Children’s Ministry Coordinator
Kristen was born and raised in Alamogordo, NM. She has attended Bethel her whole life. Kristen graduated from Alamogordo High School in 2008 and attended New Mexico State University, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in General Business, in 2012. During her time in college, she also attended Olympian University, receiving her Cosmetology License in 2010. After 3 years in the Cosmetology business, Kristen was led by God in a different direction. With a heart for children, God led her to serve at Bethel, in July 2013, as the Children’s Ministry Coordinator. Kristen’s hobbies include binge watching Netflix, crocheting, crafting from Pinterest and baking. Some of Kristen’s favorite Scriptures include the book of Philippians and James!
Terry has been a member of Bethel Baptist Church since 1978. Married for nearly 30 years, she and her husband have two daughters. Raised a military brat, she understands what the lives of military families entail and the sacrifices they make to defend our great country. Terry also has a passion for children and shares that TOTS started in 1977 as a mom’s day out program on Tuesdays and Thursdays. TOTS now offer a 2 day a week program or a 4 day a week program for families and she feels so deeply blessed to have had the privilege to start as a teacher in 1991 and then later became the director of this awesome preschool. Terry shares the belief that we are empowered with the privilege and command to plant Christ’s love as seeds in the precious lives of our TOTS children and then water them with God’s love through our wonderful staff to help them grow, “God’s Growing Garden.” God gave us as parents and teachers in Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Terry states that Christ is her foundation, her rock and her redeemer.
Richard (Dick) has served at Bethel as the Financial Secretary since October of 2015. He and his wife (Carolyn) retired and moved to Alamogordo and joined Bethel Baptist in the fall of 2011. Prior to moving to Alamogordo he served as the Financial Secretary of Trinity Baptist Church in Lincoln Nebraska for 25 years, as well as being an Elder. He is a retired Navy Master Chief Petty Officer with over 28 years of service. He also has a Degree in Business Administration. He and his wife have 3 grown and married daughters and 7 grandchildren.
Cheryll serves as Administrative Assistant to the Senior Pastor and has been on staff at Bethel since April 2010. Her primary responsibilities at Bethel are to assist the Senior Pastor in his ministry. She also maintains the annual church profile and serves as Church Clerk, in addition to assisting various church events and activities. She has been actively involved in the Women’s ministry, as well as a facilitator for many of the Discipleship classes offered at Bethel. Cheryll enjoys cooking and crafts. She and her husband, Jeff, have three sons, Travis (wife Sarah) , Garrett (wife JeriAnn), and Chancelor (wife Tina). She has been a member of Bethel Baptist since April 2004.
Joining our staff in October 2010, Jeff does just about whatever is needed on the campus at Bethel Baptist Church, including leading the preparation of our Wednesday Night Meals. Born and raised on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, Jeff is an avid Green Bay Packer fan. He and his wife, Cheryll moved to Alamogordo in 2001. Jeff interests include traveling, motorcycles, tractors, and antiques, but he mostly enjoys spending time with family and friends.