Our Mission & Vision

First Baptist Church, Artesia exists to 
EXALT the Savior and to reach the world by leading people to KNOW Christ, to GROW in Christ, to SERVE Christ, and to PROCLAIM 
Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.
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Leadership Team:

We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the people of First Baptist Church, our community and the world.





Ty Houghtaling, Family Life Minister

Email Ty: ty@fbcartesia.org

Ty is married to his beautiful wife, Jennifer and they have two boys, Clay and Cael.  He's a lifelong Artesia resident and has a heart for our community and seeing them reached with the love of Christ. As a former teacher and coach for the Artesia Public Schools, Ty enjoys leading our recreation ministry and getting families involved in ministry and recreation together.

Mike Wright, Worship Minister
Email Mike: mike@fbcartesia.org

Mike is married to the beautiful Jennifer and they have 2 sons! Mike has served for over 25 years in churches located in Missouri, Louisiana, Florida, and Kentucky.  He surrendered to the Ministry at the age of 20 while on a mission trip to an Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He and his family have a huge heart for God, music and missions!
Rick Sullivan, Pastor Emeritus
Email Rick: rick@fbcartesia.org
Pastor Rick pastored First Baptist Church from 1995 - 2015. He has served First Baptist Church and the community of Artesia faithfully for over 20 years. We are honored to uphold him as Pastor Ermeritus. 

Support Staff

Holly Delgado, Office Manager
Email: holly@fbcartesia.org

Holly is married to her handsome husband, Billie, and they have 3 crazy FUN kids (stair-stepped in age whoa!)! She is a lifelong Artesia native and LOVES her job. She is passionate about the Lord's work, adoption and prayer!

Christina Villa, Ministry Assistant
Email: christina@fbcartesia.org
Christina is married to her husband Edel and they have 3 wonderful kids who keep their schedule full of activities! She is the first smiling face you see when you enter our church office.
Leslie Atkins, Financial Manager
Email: leslie@fbcartesia.org
Leslie is married to her husband Lance and they are kept on the go with their son's sports teams! She loves being able to work with the people of First Baptist!
Benny Boyse, Building Security and Office Assistant

Rosie Galvan, Custodian (Education  & Worship Center Building)


James Allen, Custodian (Total Life Center Building)

Randy Dippel, Custodial Supervisor and Maintenance