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Published to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Gospel Light Baptist Church in Rio Rancho, NM


  • Our PastorBrent Lenentine grew up in a small town in northern Maine, and at the age of 12 at a summer camp he trusted Christ as His Saviour. After college, Pastor Lenentine moved to Atlanta, GA to pursue a very promising computer programming career. It was here that he met his wife, Jeanie. Through her in-fluence, Pastor Lenentine got into church and started to grow in the Lord, and in 1982 he committed to answer Gods call to preach. Pastor began attending a local Bible institute and upon graduation in 1984 started serving in a local church plant. After a few years, they felt Gods call to start a church in the southwest. Following this call, they took a tripto the Albuquerque Metro area in spring of 1988. Pastor felt so clearly that this is where God wanted them that they committed to return and start a church that July. The Lord has tremendously used the ministry of this great man of God. Only eternity will tell the impact of Pastor Lenentine and the dedicated servants of Gospel Light Baptist Church. We are so thankful for a preacher that has stayed faithful and dedicated for 25 years and we greatly anticipate the future of this truly miraculous ministry.

  • Laboring together Deacon Board

    Rick Pope Mike Pooler Bob Franklin Casey Padilla

    Earl Stills Dick HeintzelmanHarvey Wrobbel

    Bro. Wrobbel and his dear wife had a passion for the next generation. They led childrens church for many years and impacted hundreds of lives. Bro. Wrobbel passed away in 2010.

    Bro. Stills served on the original deacon board of GLBC. He was a gifted carpen-ter and built several pulpits and tables for GLBCs first build-ing. Bro. Stills passed away in 2007.

    Bro. Hientzelman served for many years as the church treasurer on the deacon board. He had a gift for training young men and GLBA operates a scholarship fund in his honor. Bro. Hientzelman went to be with the Lord in 2010.

    Bro. Pope is head deacon and also oversees our missions program. He has served on the deacon board since 1999.

    Bro. Pooler is an adult Bible class teacher and also teaches in the Bible Institute. He has served on the deacon board since 2006.

    Bro. Franklin serves as a head usher and volunteers many hours serving as our bus mechanic. He has served on the deacon board since 2006.

    Bro. Padilla and his wife, Connie, serve as childrens Sunday School teachers and captain Bus 4. Bro. Padilla has served on the deacon board since 2006.

  • Kyle PopeBro. Pope and his wife, Celeste, have two wonderful children, Maddax and Caitlin. Kyle is a product of the youth group of GLBC and has been serving on church staff since 2006.

    Mark LenentineBro. Mark and his wife, Lacey, have one child, Carter. He has been on church staff since 2009 and serves as the youth pastor and music director. Christian Amaro

    Bro. Amaro and his wife, Ashley have one girl named Alexia and another child on the way. Christian is a second-generation preacher and has been the spanish pastor since 2011.

    Jeremy LenentineBro Jeremy serves as the outreach direc-tor and serves in a variety of other capacities. He has been on staff since summer of 2012

    Church staff

  • Second Location

    1030 Veranda Dr

    Marvellous in our eyes

    Gospel Light

    Baptist Church


    its doors

    July 31, 1988

    First Location1708 Southern Blvd

    The need for more space arises as this young

    church continues to grow Fall 1989GLBC moves to a larger rented facility

    Pastor, Mrs Lenentine

    Mark & Jeremy

    Spring 1989

    1988 Rio Rancho is a small, developing com-munity of less than

    30,000 1990

    The population

    of Rio Rancho n


    exceeds 30,000

    and is

    poised for more


    This is the LORDs doing; it is

  • GLBC conti


    to grow and



    the church w

    as renting

    4 of the 6 un

    its at

    1030 Veran

    da Dr

    A growing church of vision for the growing City of Vision


    Fall 1993

    After much prayer and sacrificial giving the property at 1500 Southern Blvd was

    purchased and a ground break-ing ceremony was held Fall 1993

  • Grand Open


    for facility

    at 1500 Sou


    Blvd held on


    sixth anniv


    July 31, 1994

    Gospel Light Baptist Academy is foundedFall semester 1999

    Gospel Lig


    Baptist Ch

    urch breaks

    ground to e

    xpand facili


    Fall 2000 2000

    Rio Ranchos popu-lation tops 50,000, and is now known as one of the fastest growing communites in the southwest US

  • Grand opeining service for second-phase expansion July 2001

    Grand opening service for third-phase expansion and new auditorium

    October 2011

    2010 Rio Ranchos population has now reached almost 90,000, and Money Magazine ranks Rio Rancho 51 on their 100 best US cities to live in

    Gospel Light

    Baptist Church breaks

    ground for third phas



    October 2010

    Ribbon-cutting ceremonyOctober 23, 2011

  • Reaching the

    Family Vacation Bible SchoolChildrens Ministries

    Suffer the little children to come unto me... for of such is the kingdom of God Mark 10:14

  • Bus Ministry Vacation Bible SchoolBus 1 Bus 4

    Bus 2

    Bus 5over 200 kids

    received Christ as Saviour last

    year, and over 50 were

    baptized during this miraculous week!

    Bus 3

  • Teen Group

    Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the Believers...1 Timothy 4:12

    More than

    40 young people

    who grew up

    in the youth

    group have g

    one on to tra


    for full-time


    service at a

    Bible college

  • Rocky Mountain

    teen campWhere God meets us on the mountain

  • The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Proverbs 1:7

    Est. 1999 1st - 12th grade

  • Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it Proverbs 22:6

  • AdultMinistries

    Adult Bible Classes

    Family picture dayEaster Sunday 2013

  • ActivitiesChristmas Progressive Dinner

    Annual Couples Retreat

    Potluck Fellowships

    Valentine Banquet

  • 1988


  • 2001


  • The Jordan FamilyMissionaries to the Dominican Republic

    The Stidham FamilySenior PastorBible Baptist ChurchNew Port Richey, FL

    The McGraw FamilyAssistant pastorHigh Street Baptist ChurchColumbus, OH

    The Harris FamilyMissionaries to the American Prison System

    The Hernandez FamilyMissionaries to the Amazon River Basin

    Training laborers for His


  • Cindy StacyMissionary toZambia, Africa

    The Kalgren FamilySenior PastorEmmanuel Baptist ChurchPierce City, MO

    The Jasper Whiston FamilySenior Pastor Bible Baptist ChurchRangely, CO

    The Bob Whiston FamilyChurch planting teamAlaska

    The Whitehouse FamilyFull-time evangelism

    The Robertson FamilyMissionaries to Chile, South America

    Families that GLBC has sent out or had a part in sending out to full-time works across America and around the world

  • Gospel Light Baptist ChurchMissions Programsupporting

    serving in

    60 missionaries36 foreign countries

    In 2012, GLBC contributed over

    $100,000 directly to missionsaries and mission

    works around the world

  • New Lifediscipleship program

    Gospel Light BaptistBible Institute