Our ministry team
Gordon smith, senior pastor
Pastor Gordon set out on a journey towards ministry not long after beginning his personal relationship with Jesus at age 26. He heard the word, “Go,” so when the opportunity to join a group of men ministering at a detention center came, he went. God had saved him from a life of addiction to drugs and alcohol and he knew his personal testimony would connect with some of the men in the prison. Soon he was bringing the word into a juvenile detention center as well as seeking out opportunities to minister in his local church. He taught the Jr. High Sunday School class, became the Adult Sunday School coordinator, joined the choir, and when his Senior pastor asked him to preach, he knew God was calling him into full time vocational ministry. He heard of the Nazarene Bible College, and understood that was where he needed to go to prepare for ministry.
With his new bride in tow, they left for Colorado Springs and the journey began. He jumped right in, taking every opportunity he could to preach, teach, serve and pray. He played the bass guitar on the praise team, preached at local nursing homes, and the KOA campground and became the small groups coordinator for his new church. When Gordon graduated, he took his first full time ministry position as the Senior Pastor of Dewey church of the Nazarene in Oklahoma. He has served in Albuquerque, New Mexico as the Associate Pastor to Families, and has now been the Senior pastor at La Junta First Church of the Nazarene since January 2014. He currently serves the Arkansas Valley Community as a volunteer fire chaplain, volunteer police chaplain,, secretary for the Ministerial Alliance, and teaches at PCS. Denominationally, he is currently an adjunct professor for Nazarene Bible College, Trustee for Northwest Nazarene University, is on the Colorado District SDMI council, and teaches regularly for the Colorado District Training.
Now, 20 years after being saved, and 12 years into full-time ministry in the Church of the Nazarene, it is amazing to see how God has blessed his ministry, his beautiful family, equipped him for the calling of pastor, and provided for every step he has taken in obedience of the call to “Go.”
ian hyde, associate pastor
Ian and Marcia Hyde originally hail from Marshalltown, Iowa and have been married for twelve years. Ian has an A.A.S. in Flight Operations from Cochise College, a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Northern Iowa, and an MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary. While deployed with the Army as a UAS (drone) operator in Afghanistan in 2013, Ian discerned his call to full-time ministry; having been introduced to (and falling in love with) the Nazarene Church while he was stationed at Fort Drum, New York. Prior to coming to La Junta, Ian served as a hospice chaplain in Colorado Springs.
Marcia is a CAPPA certified birth educator with a B.A. in Graphic Design (University of Northern Iowa), who is passionate about bringing people to Jesus and teaching expectant mothers and couples about birth and motherhood. They have three children: Samson, Adelynn, and Conan.
The Hydes love hiking and camping, playing video games and watching classic movies, and having deep conversations around cups of coffee or a campfire. They are excited to be a part of the La Junta Church of the Nazarene family as we all share God's love with each other and the surrounding community.
gary addington, minister of visitation
Bio coming soon!
denise balicki, children's director
Bio coming soon!
sarah pierson, facilities manager
Bio coming soon!