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About Us

Welcome to Bethel Baptist Church!

Where our  Mission  is:
"Following Christ's living example by loving, reaching, and teaching people, no matter the cost."  Here you will find information concerning our church and its ministries. We hope you find your time spent here a blessing. Our church is a warm and loving church, and we want you to feel comfortable and at liberty to call on us for anything you need. Feel free to browse through the various areas of our website and learn about our fellowship.  If you are considering relocating to our area, we would love to have you be

our guest for Sunday Morning Bible Study and Worship.



When you visit our church, you will find:

 A caring congregation that will gladly welcome you

Preaching/teaching that is centered on the Word of God

Ministries to meet the spiritual needs of every age

A corporate outlet for truth-filled and moving praise and worship

Bethel Baptist

Church Staff

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Senior Pastor

Pete Crook

Before coming to Bethel, Pete and his wife Allison served from 1996-2012 as overseas missionaries with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. They served 8 years in Ecuador, South America and the remaining time in Central Asia. Pete then served as a state missionary in partnership with the Baptist Convention of New Mexico. He was called as the pastor of Bethel in October 2018. 

Pete has a BS in Agriculture (Wildlife Biology) from New Mexico State University and an MDivBL from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. 


Pete and Allison were married in 1993 and have a daughter, Emily, and a son, Jacob. Pete loves spending time with family and being outdoors hunting, fishing, or just "tramping around".


One of Pete's favorite life verses is:

"The world and its desires pass away, but the one who does the will of God remains forever."

1 John 2:17 


Music Director

Mary Gonzalez

A "pastor kid" raised here in Roswell, Mary grew up singing in church and continues that today as our Music Director. She and her family have served in the community all her life. Besides leading the music mistries of Bethel since 2015, she was also the choir director at Goddard High School and Berrendo Middle School. Besides singing, she loves spending time with her children and grandchildren. 

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Student Ministry

Jorge Puentes

Jorge started working in youth ministry at a very young age. He served as a youth leader and Sunday School teacher for two years at Westside Baptist Church in Fontana, CA. Shortly after graduation, he joined the armed forces as an Army Medic.

He was injured during his time in service and was honorably discharged and went through a rehabilitation period. He then became youth pastor at Community Christian Church of San Bernardino where he served from 2013 to 2021. 

Jorge and Petra were married in 2002 and have a son, Jorge III and a daughter Abbygail. Jorge loves everything outdoors and Christian Camp culture.

Jorge looks forward to leading young people to be salt and light to the World. And that is a Bible passage that has much meaning to him.

"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its taste, how can it be made salty? It's no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven." 

Matthew 5:13-16

To "become salt" is to live in a manner that shows others the unconditional love of Christ by how we treat them and each other. To "become light" is to live in a manner that guides others to the truth of God's Word, and the power of the crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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Church Secretary/Ministry Assistant

Lenora Bowles

Lenora began wording as the church secretary of Bethel in 2010. She was born and raised in Southeastern New Mexico and married the love of her life, Robert Bowles, in 1980. She has one son and six grandchildren, who are the joy of her life. 

A Bible verse that speaks to her is: 

"Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us - to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever, amen".

Ephesians 3:20-21

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