On July 4th, 1937, First Baptist Los Lunas officially became a church. Their purpose was to bring the Life and Light of Christ to the little pass-through Village of Los Lunas, NM. Unfortunately, the original congregants were met with significant resistance from the outside that included the destruction of mail, the stealing of chairs, and the prohibition of singing during Worship with the threat of arrest.
However, our original group of believers was able to remain strong and continue singing, which brought people from the surrounding area in to listen.
With very little money, the congregation finally built a building on Coronado Street. It had no floor, only 75 chairs, a piano, a pulpit (which the pastor at the time built himself), lanterns, and a wood-burning stove. In July of 1961, the church sold the building and moved to its current location, and here we are today, meeting our congregation and community with open arms.
What our church has to offer the community:
- An always growing number of children and young families!
- A parent-led school: First Los Lunas Christian Academy begins this fall!
- Vacation Bible School every summer for over 60 years.
- Awana Bible & Service training progam for kids through the school year.
- Discipleship Classes and weekly Bible Studies.
- Women’s & Men’s Ministries & Events.
- A small band where anyone can play their instrument for the Lord.
- Food pantry serving nearly 80 families a month.
- Branch Coffee Shop: Serving the community with free coffee to police officers, free tutoring throughout the school year, resume help, free venue for music & art teachers, music nights & free events – not to mention an elevated coffee experience, book & gift shop, school band instruments, guitars and much more.
The future of First Baptist Church of Los Luas is full of hope and possibility. Many ideas for growth of our ministries are always in discussion, and many are put into action. We plan to renovate The Branch, begin classes at First Los Lunas Christian Academy this fall, and are trusting God to provide additional space for us to grow into (busting at the seams now!).
In all, God has been gracious to us through many troubles, loss and growing pains. But we persist in “Reflecting the Light of Christ in Los Lunas!