Pastor Stephen C. DeutschStephenisgratefultohavebeenraisedinaChristianhome.Hisfatheris anHonorablyRetiredPresbyterianMinisterandhismotheraretiredsocial worker.Hewasbornoverseas,butgrewupprimarilyinthemid-west(Indiana andMichigan).HegraduatedwithaBachelorofScience(pre-med)degreefrom OralRobertsUniversityinTulsa,Oklahoma,andstilllovesscience.Hereadily talksbugsanddissectsfrogsforschoolclasseswhengiventhechance.His MasterofDivinitydegreeisfromAustinPresbyterianTheologicalSeminary.He wasordainedinthePresbyterianChurchin1990whenhestartedservingthe DexterandHagerman,NewMexico,congregations.Helaterreceiveda Certificate of Advanced Studies, also from the seminary in Austin.Stephenhasservedthehighgoverningchurchovertheyearsinseveral capacities:PresbyterianYouthCouncilChair;PresbyteryModerator;Council Chair;NationalPresbyterianYouthMinistryCouncilandhehasservedasa memberorchairofvariouscommittees. Locally,he’sinvolvedasvolunteerHospital Chaplainandisthecurrentpresidentofthe localMinisterialAlliancewherehehelpsco-ordinatecommunityworship servicesandfooddrives.Helovesworkingwithyouthandchildren, serving5yearsastheFineArtsSiteDirectorfortheDexterafter-school program.StephenisastalwartadvocateandhenchmanforthelocalCafe ChaChaChaPecosValleyTeenCenterlocatedinDexter.Heisalsoa bulwark for the choir.StephenishappilymarriedtoAmyandadoreshisthreechildren: Brianna,NickandBen.Inhissparetimeheenjoysrunning,woodworking, piddlin’inthegarden,hikingandbarbecuing.ServingtheDexterand Hagermanchurcheshasbeenhisjoyandblessing.Hewillreadilyexplain thathehasneverknownbetterchurchfamilies.Heappreciatesthese congregations’ love, support and generosity.Our hope in God is not unfounded, our Lord is alive and the Holy Spirit is truly our Counselor and Friend. Stephen is convinced that God’s purposes for us are more than wonderful...
Youth Minister, Anna Chaney
Anna Miles Chaney was born and raised in the Pecos Valley and has attended Dexter First Presbyterian her entire life. Anna played sports in high school, enjoying great success in Volleyball and Track. She graduated in 1999 from Dexter High with honors.She attended New Mexico State University where she met her amazing husband, Kyle Chaney, the last week of her freshman year. Anna graduated in 2003 with a degree in Clothing, Textiles and Fashion Merchandising, a Minor in Business Administration and Marketing. She was blessed to have Kyle, an English teacher, read all of her papers. She never made below an “A” ever again! Anna and Kyle were married in 2003 and moved to Albuquerque and then to Santa Fe. Anna worked at a department store as an assistant manager. It didn’t take her long to discover this was not the job for her! She only lasted two years, but that was long enough for Kyle to get his masters in English at Unversity of New Mexico, then it became his turn to work. They moved to Hobbs for about 9 months after asking God to help them find their place in life. God responded with a very rewarding job for Anna at the church where she grew up. Back to Dexter it was and after a while she even got paid for doing what she loved! God blessed the family again when Kyle landed an awesome teaching job at NMMI in 2006 and the fun hasn’t stopped yet. Anna and Kyle enjoy hanging out with the Youth Group kids and sharing the “Good News” about Jesus Christ. But nothing compares to how much they love their sweet baby Stella.
“No eye has seen,no ear has heard,no mind has conceivedwhat God has preparedfor those who love Him,”I Corinthians 2:9
Jeannie is happily married to Mark Rodgers. She is the mother of two children and has five grandchildren.She can answer all your questions or get you in touch with someone who can.
Music Director, Genia Devenport
Genia has been adult choir director at First Presbyterian Church in Dexter for at least ten years. She enjoys playing violin and guitar, teaching herself guitar while in college. She played in orchestra in high school, college and for one year with the Roswell Symphony Orchestra. She has sung in church choirs all her adult life. Genia was born in Durham, North Carolina, and was raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. She attended Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology in 1976. She continued post-graduate studies in Houston, Texas, graduating with a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy from Texas Woman’s University in 1978. She relocated to New Mexico in 1980 where she and her husband, Darel, married and bought a small farm in Dexter. Darel and son, Dustin, raise cattle, horses and alfalfa. Genia is currently working professionally as a physical therapist providing early intervention, school based services and home health physical therapy to children and adults with disabilities.
Jeannie Rodgers,Church Secretary
Commissioned Lay Pastors
Pianists:Amy Deutsch, Gina Visser & Mary Lynn Bogle
Wendy Vaughn, Treasurer
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