Valley Bible Baptist Church
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About Valley Bible Baptist Church
Valley Bible Baptist Church is a Christ centered, Bible believing, family oriented church with a vision to reach unselfishly into the community and into the world with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe in God’s power to change lives, “that if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature.”(II Corinthians 5:17) Jesus makes a difference in lives, in homes, and in communities. As such, our goal is to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to the Espanola Valley and beyond that by His power many will accept God’s free gift of salvation.
We strive to live out our calling to share Christ and build believers. This is our goal in everything we do, including Sunday School, Sunday Morning Service, Wednesday Night Bible Study, Christian School, Bible College, and Fellowship.
We are an Independent Baptist Church that loves the Lord. We are a soul winning and missionary minded church. We are a simple church that still believes in the power of prayer. We use traditional hymns and songs in worship. We still use the King James Bible and believe it to be the Word of God. We still believe that old fashioned preaching works. When the Word of God is preached, just like it was in the old days, sinners will come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and saints of God will be exhorted to live lives of holiness.
Our motto at VBBC is, “The Friendly Church That Takes A Stand”. We invite you to visit with us. We are glad to answer any questions that you might have.
Years in existence
Pastor Brian McMath grew up in New Mexico, raised on a farm near Estancia. He was saved when he was in junior high school and attended the local Baptist church in town. After graduating from high school in Estancia, he enrolled in Bible College in Oklahoma. It was in college that he met his wife, Sonia. They were married on August 3, 1984. God has blessed them with 6 children, all actively involved in serving the Lord.
After graduating from college, Pastor and Mrs. McMath remained in Oklahoma for a time. They worked on staff at Maranatha Baptist Church in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Pastor McMath served as principal of the Christian school in their church and Mrs. McMath worked as a school supervisor. They also led the youth and music programs at the church.
Valley Bible Baptist Church extended a call for Pastor McMath to the church in February of 1988. The McMaths moved to Espanola in March of that year and commenced ministry on March 20, 1988.
Valley Bible Baptist Church was established in December of 1974 as a church plant of Temple Baptist Church of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The church was then located on the west side of Espanola.
In 1986, the church purchased 3 acres of land in Arroyo Seco and began construction on a 5,000 square foot facility. That building was dedicated in May of 1987.
Pastor Brian McMath became the 5th pastor of Valley Bible Baptist Church in March, 1988. Since that time, God has continued to add to the church such as should be saved. The land and building were completely paid off in the early 1990s. The church has remained debt free from that point. God has blessed with acreage added, a parsonage purchased in 1981, a new 17,000 square foot facility, completed and dedicated in 2014, staff housing purchased in 2019, and a home and land purchased for future Bible college facilities in 2021.
In addition, the church has continued to increase in giving to world wide missions. The church currently supports 100 missionaries and gives over $200,000 annually to world missions.
We believe that Jesus is coming back soon. The harvest will soon be over and we reapers taken home. Our generation has the greatest opportunity of any previous generation.
It is our desire that the world might know that God is a living God and that this might be manifest through Valley Bible Baptist Church. This vision begins with our own valley, our Jerusalem. Our task is not completed until every person within our reach has had an opportunity to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ. But it doesn’t stop with our valley. We are actively involved in planting churches through Northern New Mexico. Many towns and villages need a solid Independent Baptist Church. But our calling goes even further, to minister in the regions beyond, to the uttermost part of the world. We are seeking and praying to train laborers for ministry both at home and abroad that all the world might know that Jesus is Lord.
What We Believe
What one believes is crucial. Doctrine will determine direction. In a world that follows every new wind of doctrine, we believe that God is unchanging.
At Valley Bible Baptist Church, our beliefs are grounded firmly in the unchanging Word of God.(II Timothy 3:16) God’s Word is our anchor. We unashamedly believe, teach and preach, and seek to live by the Scriptures.
The Local Church
We believe that God has commanded that no intimate physical activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between a man and a woman. We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery, and pornography is a sinful perversion of God’s original intent for a physical relationship between a husband and wife. (Genesis 2:24; 19:5, 13; 26:8-9; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; I Corinthians 5:1; 6:9; I Thessalonians 4:1-8; Hebrews 13:4)