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Change Is In The Wind For WRBC As Congregation Bids Farewell To Pastor Chuck McCullough

on September 10, 2017 - 11:45pm

Pastor Chuck McCullough preaching recently at Horn Creek retired today from White Rock Baptist Church after 31 years of service. Courtesy photo

WRBC News:

White Rock Baptist Church said goodbye today to Pastor Chuck McCullough. Pastor Chuck, as he is called fondly by members of the congregation, has been senior pastor at White Rock Baptist Church since July 1 of 1986. He said he feels God has been leading him to leave the church because that is what is best for the church.

He has been pastor of White Rock Baptist Church for 31 years. The church has flourished under his leadership, but he is excited about where God will lead the church in the future. 

White Rock Baptist Church was started in 1969 as a mission outreach from First Baptist Church in Los Alamos. In 1970, the new church bought property along N.M. 4, and in 1972 the first church building was completed on the property. A second building was completed in 1978. In August 1997, a sewer backup in a county line caused a major flood in the building on a Sunday morning. The old building had to be decontaminated. 

The church met in Pinon School gymnasium until the third building was completed in 1998-99. The new building was built on a vision to “build for those who will come”. The current church has about 150-200 regular attendees. In the life of the church, five senior pastors have served, and five youth pastors. The Church has had 45 Vacation Bible Schools, 22 years of AWANA (ministry for children K-6th grade, which includes Bible Memory and fun and games). WRBC supported a mission church in Santa Fe from 1985-95. White Rock Baptist was an operations center during the Cerro Grande Fire and served needs of 10,000 displaced people. The church members participated in mission trips to Brazil, and to Mexico with Hands of Mercy to build a one room home. For the past 25 years the church has gone on an annual retreat to Horn Creek, Colo., in late summer.

Currently, White Rock Baptist has a Sunday service at 9 a.m., followed by Sunday school for all ages. Tuesday's at 6:30 p.m. is indoor volleyball. White Rock Baptist serves a McBaptist breakfast to seniors at 8 a.m. Wednesdays. At 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays starting Sept. 20, a BASIC meal will be served, followed by AWANA for elementary youth, youth group for middle school students and small LIFE groups at 6:30 p.m. for adults. Thursdays youth meet in discipleship groups with adults from the church. Youth groups meet at 6 p.m. Sundays and 8 p.m. Fridays. 

The youth group also participates in community projects. This summer, the youth and adults built a beach volleyball court. The past year they had fun on a ski trip to Wolf Creek, a week Fuge retreat at Glorieta, a 30-hour Famine to raise money for World Hunger, Jemez Rock climbing and camping and a three-day Escape Los Alamos. 

The church is the sending church for two missionary families, the Blakes to Niger and the Jones to Tijuana, Mexico and well as other missions. Bring your kids and costumes by on Halloween for Trunk or Treat.

White Rock Baptist wants to treasure those who have gone before, and to build on their investment “For those not yet here”. The new intentional interim candidate is scheduled to preach Sept. 17.


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