Meet Our Staff

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Dr. James T. Runyon
Senior Pastor

Called to ministry as a teenager, Pastor James worked as an engineer, a pilot/flight instructor, and more before committing to full-time ministry. Immediately after God changed his heart to become a minister, he entered Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and earned his Master of Music and Master of Divinity.

While working as a full-time Music Minister, he earned a Doctorate from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Pastor James has been Senior Pastor of First Baptist Los Lunas for more than 10 years.  While Pastor, he has served on the Los Lunas City Council and is a black belt instructor in Taekwondo at Impact Martial Arts and Fitness in the evenings.

Pastor James has also written five books and enjoys restoring Grand Pianos in his spare time. He and his wife, Cindi, and their four grown children love to serve God by serving others.


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Brandon Campanella
Youth & Outreach Pastor

New Mexico born and raised, Brandon Campanella and his wife, Thalia, live in Los Lunas, NM. Brandon graduated from Artesia High School in 1999 when the Lord then led him to Wayland Baptist University. After receiving his Bachelor of Arts in 2003, Brandon moved to Albuquerque and felt the Lord calling him to teach. He taught in New Mexico public schools for 8 years and received his Master’s in Education from the University of New Mexico in 2007.
Even while he enjoyed teaching, he began to feel the Lord calling him to ministry in the spring of 2013.

Brandon responded to the call and the Lord acted quickly by providing him the opportunity to serve as the Youth Pastor of his home church – First Baptist Church of Los Lunas! Saved at age 15, Brandon has felt and seen the Lord acting upon his life, preparing him for this moment. He has been blessed with a tremendous family with deep roots in New Mexico and, above all, a strong desire to serve and love the Lord. Brandon, Thalia, and their two daughters, Tayden and Jaidaa, are thrilled and humbled by this opportunity to do the Lord’s work and serve the youth of Valencia County.


Dr. Stephen C.M. Long
Teaching & Care Pastor

Pastor Steve has been a bivocational pastor since 1996 and has practiced law since 1977. He came out of semi-retirement to serve the teaching and care needs of the family of God at FBC.

UNM awarded Pastor Steve his Juris Doctor degree in 1977, and he received his Master of Divinity (2009) and Doctor of Ministry (2015) degrees from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. He is proud to be a New Mexico Aggie (BBA, 1973). Try telling him an Aggie or lawyer joke he hasn’t heard! The Lord has blessed Pastor Steve and his wife, Barbara, with two children and three grandchildren.

Pastor Steve is the author of From Gethsemane to the Cross, a chronological account of Jesus’  arrest, trial, and crucifixion. His passion is teaching people to read and understand Scripture and guiding them through life’s challenges.

Pastor Steve is a trustee for Gateway Seminary of the SBC and an adjunct faculty member in its Doctor of Ministry program. He has served the Baptist Convention of New Mexico and the Central Baptist Association in many capacities.

He is a veteran and former cowboy who aspires to be a Taekwondo master like Pastor James or a Storm Chaser — but he’s thought better of it. He loves the sea and sailing.


Cindi Runyon
External Ministries Director

Bio coming soon!

 


Jessica Madrid
Ministry Assistant

Jessica Madrid is a born and raised New Mexican, who has attended First Baptist Church of Los Lunas for 8 years. Jessica was called to ministry work here at First Baptist Los Lunas in 2023 and has cherished every moment. Jessica uses her love of baking to create fresh-baked goodness for the Branch here in Los Lunas. She enjoys it so much that she started a home business with her sister Alicia, Sweet Tooth Bakery in 2023.

Jessica has a love for art, nature and enjoying the small things in life. She has been blessed with wonderful parents, siblings, and extended family, not to mention an amazing church family.