Pastor -- Charles Lord
Charles Lord grew up in Oklahoma, where he felt God's leading into ministry in his teens. After attending Central State University of Oklahoma and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, he has been serving Christ in full time ministry positions. He has served as a youth pastor, church planter, bivocational pastor and senior pastor in Oklahoma, New Jersey, Arizona and now New Mexico.
With a heart for reaching people with the life-changing message of Christ, he has also been involved with several foreign mission trips to Mozambique and once to Ukraine.
He is married to Christie and they have four daughters, two wonderful sons-in-law, and a beautiful granddaughter.
Life is our ultimate journey. It takes you many places and into the paths of many people. God has been so good to bring Charles here to Vista Grande Church. We hope you will join us as we journey together.
Youth Pastor -- Michael Harding
I am Michael Harding and I grew up in southern New Mexico. I am married to my wonderful wife, Emily, and we are the proud parents of a little girl, Joanna. I went to Hot Springs High School in a small town weirdly named Truth or Consequences. I spent 9 years serving our country in the Army National Guard. It was on my 3rd and last deployment, in Egypt of all places, that I finally submitted to God's calling on my life. This took me from the light infantry to Bible School at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. I studied Evangelism, Bible, and Psychology in preparation for the Lord's calling on my life.
Emily and I have a passion for discipling teens and helping them to make their faith their own. It is my goal and vision that any student that comes through our ministry here at Vista Grande Church would know why they believe what they believe and be equipped and ready to share that belief with others by the time they leave. We long to make Christ known to a lost and dying world and want our students to catch that vision. If you would like to get to know us more, we would love to share our testimonies and hear yours.
Some things I enjoy doing when I have free time are reading, Crossfit, backpacking, and all things sports-related. I play guitar and the djembe, and I love hanging out with teens and getting to know them and their interests. So, if you're interested in sports, music, gaming, etc., I want to get to know you and come alongside you in your interests to help you glorify God with the gifts and talents He has given you. We are big on discipleship here, so if you are a teen that wants to be discipled, we would love to invest in your life and help you know Jesus more.
Music Ministry Team Leaders
James Bartz, Jarrod Flaming, Kirk Davis, Charles Lord