Our Ministry Team


Dave McFadden - Lead Pastor

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Dave has been the lead pastor at FBC since July 2006. He and his wife, Donna, have three grown children, each of whom is married. Their oldest son, Josh, and his wife, Tiffany, live in Austin, Texas. The next oldest, Jeff, and his wife, Laura, live in New Braunfels, Texas. They have three daughters, Esmee, Emma, and Echo (the youngest member of the family); and one son, Enoch. Their youngest, Jill, lives in Wichita, Kansas with her three sons, Max, Beaux, and Jaxon.

Donna teaches school in Muleshoe at DeShazo Elementary, where she teaches 4th grade English Language Arts. Donna leads a Connection Group at 10:45 a.m.

Dave has been pastoring local churches for over 40 years. He holds both a master's and doctorate degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is an online professor for Rockbridge Seminary and for the religion department at Eastern New Mexico University.

Dave and Donna enjoy spending time with each other, their kids, and grandkids, doing yardwork, going to movies, and eating out - especially at Juanito's in Portales every Thursday night. 


Garnet Blaney - Youth Pastor

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Garnet and his wife, Misty, have a son, Samuel, who is a high schooler; and an "adopted" son, Rashad, who is "out of the nest." he and his wife, Misty, are also foster parents. Misty serves as our church's Financial Secretary.

Garnet was called on August 28, 2016 and began his service with FBC on September 18th that same year.


Sara Keller - Children's Minister

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Sara joined the staff in December of 2014.  She is a New Mexico native, originally from Albuquerque. She is a graduate of the University of New Mexico with a degree in Elementary Education. She also holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership as well as a certificate in Early Childhood Education from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, California. She has served in children’s ministry leadership for 8 years.  She enjoys working with and ministering to children and their families and is excited to be serving at First Baptist!

When she gets the chance, she loves to spend time with her family in Albuquerque, especially her sister and her two nephews, Wyatt & Jackson.


John Vaughn - College Pastor

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John is an airman, serving at Cannon Air Force base and serves as a volunteer staff member. He is taking online classes with Liberty University and hails from Little Rock, Arkansas. John is married to Kristan. they have one daughter, Kendall.


Wayne Anderson - Lead Worshiper

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Wayne and his wife, Becky (who is one of our musicians and plays the piano) live in Clovis. Both are retired from Clovis ISD.  For several years, Wayne was the administrator of the music program for the Clovis school district. Wayne leads our Celebration Worship and directs our Worship Choir and musicians. He also leads our annual Christmas and Easter programs, which are among the best attended services we have at FBC each year.


Ron & Vicki Banister - Celebrate Recovery Leaders

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Ron and Vicki have led our Celebrate Recovery ministry since January 2017. God has used them in wonderful ways to build a great leadership team and an effective program involving several people in dealing with their hurts, habits, and hang-ups.


Mikayla Costales - Church Secretary

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Mikayla is a graduate of ENMU, receiving a bachelor's degree in archaeology, graduating Suma Cum Laude with a 3.8 GPA. She plans on acquiring her master's degree in the future. Mikayla's husband, Nathan, is still working on his degree. Mikayla and Nathan attend the First Presbyterian Church here in Portales, where she sings as part of their choir. We are glad to have her as part of our office staff.


Misty Blaney - Financial Secretary

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Misty is the wife of our Youth Pastor, Garnet Blaney. She and garnet have a son, Samuel, and an adopted son, Rashad. They are also foster parents. Prior to coming on staff at First Baptist Portales, she and garnet were house parents at the New Mexico Baptist Children's Home.



We are currently looking to hire a new custodian. Click HERE to learn more.


Ronnie Johns - Assistant Custodian

Ronnie is married to Linda. they have two daughters, Kaleigh and Kelsey. Ronnis also serves as a Deacon.