The CBA held its first annual meeting in 1908 and was officially organized in September of 1909
The Central Baptist Association is a network of Southern Baptist Churches in Central New Mexico. The geographical area of the Association encompasses about 40% of the states population centered around the Albuquerque metropolitan area including Bernalillo, Rio Rancho, Bosque Farms, Los Lunas, Belen, Cuba, Jemez Pueblo, Mountainair, Edgewood, Sandia Park, Tijeras, Cedar Crest, Moriarty, Estancia, and Vaughn. We have recently added churches from Santa Fe and Gallup.
The seventy plus churches of the Association reflect the diversity expected from metropolitan, suburban, and rural areas. These churches range in attendance from 10 to over 2,000. They are traditional to postmodern, and rural to inner-city. Nineteen of these are ethnic/language congregations that worship in at least 6 different languages.
So in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
John Torrison is the Central Baptist Association’s Director of Missions. John has been ministering in the Central Baptist Association for over 32 years. He began pastoring in 1984 at FBC Carrizozo, NM then was called to Central Baptist Church Grants, and in 1990 he was called to First Baptist Church Tijeras, NM. He pastored FBC Tijeras for nine years when the Lord led him to start Vista Grande Church, Sandia Park, NM. After leading Vista Grande Church for thirteen years God called him to accept the call to serve as Central Baptist Association’s Director of Missions, where he serves 82 churches in central New Mexico. John has been married to his wife Trudy for over 47 years. They have two daughters, Jamie, who is married to Brian Coey live in Albuquerque, NM with their three children, Ashleigh, Hunter, and Kassie. Their other daughter, Sarah is married to Rob Slusser and they live in Raleigh, NC. They have two children, Mckenzie and Cameron.
Bethany Anderson is the Office Manager for the Central Baptist Association. She holds a degree in Communications from UNM, and has worked in various administrative and assistant roles her entire adult life. Bethany has been married to her husband, Evan, for 3 years. Evan is a Special Education Math teacher at a local middle school. They are both active members of Restore Church, a church plant that meets in Albuquerque’s International District.
Contact Bethany at [email protected], call (505) 205-5278, or call the office (505) 243-2707
Our Executive Board for 2023.
Stephen Baum, Chairman
Pastor, FBC West Albuquerque
Pastor, FBC Cuba
Pastor, Mountain Valley Baptist Church
Pastor, Del Norte Baptist Church
Member, First Bilingual
Pastor, Vietnamese Baptist Church
Pastor, FBC Estancia
Pastor, Rio Church
Pastor, Eastern Hills Baptist
Member, FBC West Albuquerque
Pastor, FBC Bosque Farms
D'Ann Craft, (Treasurer)