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Howell Scott

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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 (20), Jacob (18), 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 stop by.


Associate Pastor Music / Worship

Kevin Pence

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Associate Pastor Education / Administration

Garry Schwalk

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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 with the "Send Email" link below my name.

Associate Pastor Students/Singles

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Preschool Coordinator

Nancy Burt

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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 “Send Email” link below my name.

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