Leadership

Pastors & Staff

Howell Scott

Senior Pastor

Pastor Howell Scott began serving as First Baptist Carlsbad’s Senior Pastor on October 13, 2019. Howell graduated from George Washington University in 1988 and from Florida State University College of Law in 1991. Following law school, Howell moved back to his hometown, Lake Placid, Florida, to begin his law career. After spending three years practicing law, Howell answered God’s call to the Gospel Ministry in December 1993. In preparation for ministry, Howell and his wife, Brenda, moved to Louisville, Kentucky where they both attended The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, graduating with Master of Divinity degrees in December 1997.

Since entering full-time ministry, Howell has served as Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church, Poinciana, Florida, Pastor of Grundy Baptist Church in Grundy, Virginia, Senior Pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Alamogordo, New Mexico, and, prior to returning to New Mexico, as Senior Pastor of Ramoth Baptist Church in Stafford, Virginia.
 
Howell and Brenda, who were married on July 18, 1992, have been blessed with three sons: Stephen (21), Jacob (19), and Andrew (14). In addition to serving in the local church, the Scotts enjoy spending time with their family, outdoor recreation, travel, and sports. Although born and raised in Florida, the Scott family loves New Mexico and is thankful to answer God’s call to serve alongside the people of First Baptist Church Carlsbad.
 
Howell has often been asked how he went from lawyer to pastor. He tells people that he once was in law, but God called him to grace. He loves to preach God’s word and to share the life-transforming message of hope, forgiveness, and redemption found in the Gospel of Christ. Howell’s favorite verse of Scripture is found in Isaiah 26:3, “You will keep the mind that is dependent on you in perfect peace, for it is trusting in you. Trust in the LORD forever, because in the LORD, the LORD himself, is an everlasting rock!”
 
Pastor Howell would love to connect with you personally and answer any questions you might have. Please feel free to email, call, or drop by the church office.

Kevin Pence

Associate Pastor of Music and Worship

Kevin is originally from Sugar Land, Texas.  He accepted Christ at the age of nine and was baptized at FBC Sugar Land.  Kevin was called into the ministry as a college student at Houston Baptist University.  It was while at HBU that Kevin met his wife, Amy.  The couple were married in 1986.

Kevin is a graduate of Houston Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He has served churches in and around the Houston area and has been on staff at FBC Carlsbad since 1992.

Kevin’s life verse is Colossians 3:16.  He enjoys serving the Lord through music and missions.  Kevin has had the opportunity to be involved in sharing the Gospel and leading worship locally, as well as internationally, and has been blessed to be a mentor to musicians through ministry, training, and education.

Kevin has served in leadership positions in the Pecos Valley Baptist Association and the Baptist Convention of New Mexico.  Kevin and Amy are also involved in the New Mexico Disaster Relief ministry.

Kevin is a member of the Carlsbad Wind Symphony, the Carlsbad Community Concert Association, the New Mexico Singing Churchmen, and the Carlsbad Automotive Restoration Society (CARS).
 
If you would like to contact Kevin, click the button below. He would love to connect with you.

Garry Schwalk

Associate Pastor of Education and Administration

My wife's name is Peggy.  We have two children, Tim Schwalk and Leslie Bundick and three grandchildren.

I was licensed to the Gospel Ministry, February 1, 1970 and ordained to the Gospel Ministry, January 2, 1977.  I have a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Wayland Baptist University and Masters of Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Seminary.

I have served churches in Zeigler, Illinois (Education and Youth - 2 years), Pampa Texas (Minister of Preschool and Children - 9 years), Roswell, New Mexico (Associate Pastor - 16 years), Dumas, Texas (Minister of Education / Administration - 4.5 years), Ruidoso, New Mexico (Minister of Education and Outreach - 6 years) and have been at First Baptist Carlsbad (Associate Pastor Education/ Administration) since June 2012.
I have had the privilege through the years to serve Lifeway as a Ministry Multiplier, Baptist Convention of New Mexico on the State Sunday School and Vacation Bible School Teams and Pecos Valley Baptist Association as their Associational Sunday School and Vacation Bible School Director.

My favorite saying through the years has been “Life is full of choices…Let’s choose God.”

If I can help in any way, call or email me  using the "Contact" button below.

Michael Davidson

Associate Pastor of Students and Singles

I’m Michael Davidson, I was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. Although I grew up in a Catholic household, I became a Christ-follower at the age of 16 in a Baptist Church. A few years later, I surrendered to God’s call into full-time ministry. I began serving in children’s ministry, youth camps, and my college group. To better prepare for ministry, I attended college at Southwestern Seminary. In God’s grace and kindness, I met my wonderful wife Emily there in 2016. Since then life has been a bit of a whirlwind: we both graduated from college, had our first daughter Delaney, moved to Arkansas to serve in a church, and just recently had our second daughter Kennedy. The Lord has been so faithful during this busy season!

I love pouring into youth and young adults because they are in a unique stage in life of forming their beliefs about God and the world around them. My youth pastor had a huge impact in my life, and I owe my passion for the younger generations to him.

I’m a self-proclaimed nerd as I like playing chess and reading, but I also really enjoy camping, hiking, and a good game of ping pong. I like studying apologetics, keeping a pulse on culture, and learning about various worldviews in order to engage our lost world with the truth. My wife and I spend our (limited) free time chatting in coffee shops, watching a good movie, and hosting game nights with friends.

Nancy Burt

Preschool Coordinator

I have been married to Doug since August 24, 1978.   We have two daughters, Tiffany Brown and Jessica Campbell and have five granddaughters, Peighton & Aubrie Brown, and Hannah, Mattie and Abby Campbell.
I taught preschool at the First Methodist Preschool in Carlsbad for 10 years and Kindergarten for Carlsbad Municipal Schools for 27 years.
I have a Bachelor of Science in Education from Wayland Baptist University and a Masters of Education from Eastern New Mexico University.
I have worked with young children all of my adult life and love their fresh perspective on life and faith.  My greatest joy is helping the little ones come to know our Lord better.
If there is anything I can do to help you and your children feel more comfortable at our church or in any other way, please call or email me with the "Contact" button below.

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