Rev. Joe Whitley, Senior Pastor
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Rev. Joe Whitley, his wife, Alex, and daughter, Melinda are thrilled to soon be sharing in ministry with the gifted and loving people who are Asbury UMC. Joe is a native of Las Cruces and “cradle to grave” Methodist, who graduated from Pepperdine University, then Pepperdine School of Law. For 19 years, he was a civil trial attorney and also extensively involved in New Mexico and national politics. After clearly hearing God’s voice calling him into ministry, Joe graduated from Claremont School of Theology and began serving a United Methodist church in Los Angeles. He has also served churches in Las Cruces (including planting a new one there), and in Farwell, Texas. Joe truly enjoys fishing, camping, sports, water, and listening to live music. Most of all, Joe has a passionate love for, and commitment to, our Lord Jesus Christ and to all of God’s children and His creation.
Alex was an “Air Force Brat” who hails from Montgomery, Alabama; Okinawa, Japan; and Atlanta, Georgia. After attending school at Auburn University, she graduated from the New Orleans Montessori Teacher’s Academy and thereafter owned and directed her own Montessori Preschool for nearly 20 years in Las Cruces. For the last 5 years, Alex has taught several classes, and in the Head Start Program, in the Farwell Public Schools. For the last 3 years, she has also joyfully worked at Hamlin Memorial UMC as the church secretary. She loves to serve Christ and His church, cook, garden, read, play board games, meet new people, and explore new places.
Joe and Alex love, and are dedicated to, each other and their family. They have 2 children and 1 grandchild: Their son, Joseph, lives in Gilbert, Arizona with their grandson, William, and works for Flemings in Phoenix. Their daughter Melinda is 12 years old and will enter the 7th grade at Hoover Middle School this fall. Melinda loves Jesus, making new friends and spending time with them, playing flute, listening to music, experiencing all water activities, dancing, and playing basketball.
Gil Flores, Lay Pastor
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Born in Guadalajara Mexico, Gil comes to us by way of California – where he was the Worship Arts Pastor at the “Worship Centre” – a mega church with thousands of members and multiple campuses all throughout Central California. Gil also taught contemporary piano and ensemble at the renowned “Instituto CanZion” – the largest Spanish Christian Music School in the world – with over 100 campuses worldwide. In addition to teaching, Gil also served as a producer for musical recordings made by the students. Upon arriving in New Mexico, Gil worked for the City of Albuquerque (Department of Cultural Services) as the Technical Manager of the Performing Arts Theater at the South Broadway Cultural Center. Gil has been at Asbury since May of 2012. He first came on staff as the Director of Contemporary Music and in the Summer of 2015, he became the Lay Pastor in charge of “Acts 2” – the Contemporary Congregation at Asbury. Concurrently with his work at Asbury, Gil teaches music at La Mesa Elementary School and is the owner/operator of Qantares Music Studios. Gil has a daughter named Olivia and when he isn’t working, Gil and Olivia can be found taking walks in Nob Hill, dancing to Latin Music, playing futbol (soccer) or hunting for REAL Mexican tacos.
Katrina Ortega, Office Administrator
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I was born here in Albuquerque, NM. I worked as an EMT Intermediate for 11 years in the state of New Mexico. I have also worked many years as office staff in various places. I have two fabulous and fun youth, Cedar and Kaylana. I started attending Asbury United Methodist Church in 2007. I love my position here at Asbury and look forward to continuing to work hard, have fun, and share with everyone the love of Christ as we raise up a new generation of Christians!
Kevin Chavez, Traditional Music Ministry Director
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Terry Fisher, Mother’s Day Out Director
Eli Brito, Youth Director
Richard Ramsay, Building Manager
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Joyce Schoppe, Bookkeeper
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