WR Baptist Church says farewell to Pastor Chuck

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White Rock Baptist Church said farewell to Pastor Chuck McCullough on Sept. 10 with an ice-cream social.
Pastor Chuck, as he was called fondly by members of the congregation, had been senior pastor at White Rock Baptist Church since July 1, 1986.

McCullough said he felt God had been leading him to leave the church because that is what is best for the church. He had been pastor of White Rock Baptist Church for 31 years. The church has flourished under his leadership, but he said he was excited about where God will lead the church in the future.

White Rock Baptist was started in 1969 as a mission outreach from First Baptist Church in Los Alamos.

In 1970, the new church bought property along State Road 4, and in 1972 the first church building was completed on the property. A second building was completed in 1978. In August 1997, a sewer backup in a county line caused a major flood in the building on Sunday morning.

The old building had to be decontaminated.

The church met in Piñon School gymnasium until the third building was completed in 1998-99. The new building was built on a vision to “build for those who will come.” The current church has about 150-200 regular attendees.
In the life of the church, five senior pastors have served, and five youth pastors. The church has had 45 Vacation Bible Schools, 22 years of AWANA (ministry for children K-6th grade, which includes Bible Memory and fun and games). WRBC supported a mission church in Santa Fe from 1985-95.

White Rock Baptist was an operations center during the Cerro Grande fire and served needs of 10,000 displaced people. The church members participated in mission trips to Brazil, and to Mexico with Hands of Mercy to build a one-room home. For the past 25 years, the church has gone on an annual retreat to Horn Creek, Colorado, in late summer.
White Rock Baptist has a Sunday morning service at 9 a.m., followed by Sunday school for all ages. Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. is in door volleyball.

White Rock Baptist serves a McBaptist breakfast to seniors on Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. On Wednesday evening starting Sept. 20 at 5:30 p.m., a basic meal is served, followed by AWANA for elementary youth, youth group for Middle school students and small LIFE groups for adults at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, youth meet in discipleship groups with adults from the church. Youth groups meet on Sunday evening at 6 pm and Friday nights at 8 p.m. The youth group also participates in community projects.

This summer, the youth and adults built a beach volleyball court. The past year they had fun on a ski trip to Wolf Creek, a week Fuge retreat at Glorieta, a 30 hour Famine to raise money for World Hunger, Jemez Rock climbing and camping and three-day Escape Los Alamos. The church is the sending church for two missionary families, the Blakes to Niger and the Jones to Tijuana, Mexico and well as other missions. The community is encouraged to bring their kids and costumes by on Halloween for Trunk or Treat, White Rock Baptist wants to treasure those who have gone before, and to build on their investment “For those not yet here.”

The church encourages the public to join them Sunday when the new intentional interim candidate is scheduled to preach.