December 2, 2021
Dear Pastor/Friends,

I want to congratulate our Lubbock First Church congregation on the election of Rev. Gary Young as their new pastor. Gary and Cori are certainly not newcomers on the West Texas District. Gary has served as an associate pastor at Lubbock 1st for many years and as our District NYI president. 
I am a delighted about his election! Gary is much loved by the First Church congregation and is deeply rooted in the community. I know that great days are ahead!
The Youngs follow Pastor Michael Page and Dee Ann, who have served Lubbock 1st amazingly over the past decade. Michael is retiring in mid-December and will be devoting much of his time pursuing his passion for serving and encouraging retired Nazarene ministers through The Barn ministry, and currently assigned pastors, missionaries, and Christian workers through the new 501(c)3, Shepherd to Shepherd Ministry.
Under Pastor Page’s leadership Lubbock 1st has seen significant growth, statistically, financially (their debt was completely liquidated), and spiritually. Michael serves as our Lubbock Zone coordinator and has served as CNMC board chair…and has been a valuable member of the ministerial credentials board. I am delighted that they will remain on our district.
I am also pleased to announce another new church plant (Church Type Mission). Dr Pedro Cruz and His wife Justita will be returning to our district in February to serve as our pastoral couple at Snyder First Church where they will also be starting a new Spanish-language international ministry. We love Dr. and Mrs. Cruz!
As you receive this newsletter Susan and I will be traveling to the Lubbock Zone Christmas Party and preparing for this Friday evening’s east-side zones Christmas party. It’s going to be a busy, but exciting, December. Susan will be able to accompany me to all but one of the zone parties. We look forward to seeing you and giving you this year’s ornament.
December 2                        Lubbock Zone – Lubbock First
December 3                        Eastside Zones – Arlington First
December 6                        Amarillo Zone – Garden of Dreams
December 9                        Lamesa Zone – Lamesa Church
December 10                      High Plains Zone – Red River Steakhouse in McLean
December 12                      Whichita Falls Zone – WF First Church
I urge you to register soon for this year’s Shepherd’s Sabbath ministers and spouses retreat. Please find the registration link in the promotional below. Pastors, please make sure your district licensed and retired ministers know that they are welcome.
Finally, our hearts were deeply saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Pastor Becky Adams, who faithfully served our Big Spring and Lantana congregations. Becky was such a wonderful member of our district team, and a gracious and talented Lead Pastor of the Wister, Oklahoma congregation. Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to Wes and their children.

For you and with you,

Pastor David Downs
Our district treasurer, Dan Davisson, has prepared the West Texas District 2021-2022 "Funding The Mission" report as of December 1, 2021. Pastors, please pay close attention to your church's contributions so far this year. Please make every effort to encourage your people to faithfully maintain their giving for others. 

Click here to download the report.

Just a reminder that if you are bringing on staff (paid or unpaid), according to Manual paragraph 211.13, you must receive District Superintendent approval. Please reach out to the district office to request an associate application form that will need to be submitted to us once it is completed. Also, we will need a background check completed on the applicant. If you would prefer, the district office can run the background check but we will need you to submit the information and the cost of $16/applicant.
Rev. Zack Smithson
WT District Secretary
Medical Ministry Opportunity - The Well Health Center
Seeking volunteers: APRN, PA, MD or DO

Established in 2019, The Well Health Center is a primary care clinic serving the unique multi-cultural community of Cactus, Texas. The right volunteer will have a heart for ministry and be open to collaborating with a team of visiting providers.

  • An active and unrestricted Texas or Compact license required
  • Spanish and other language skills are a plus, but not required
  • A one week commitment is required
  • Housing is provided on-site

To apply contact: Dr. Deb McCullock DNP, MS, APRN-CNP, Interim Executive Director
Phone: 405-517-3114
District Calendar

December 15                    District License Application Packets Due

January 11                        Ministerial Credentials/Education Boards, Amarillo First
January 14-16 Shepherds' Sabbath, Abilene, TX
January 17-18                   Ministerial Credentials/Education Boards, FW Northside
March 10                          Annual Pastor’s Reports Due
April 20-22                       Vision Conference and District Assembly, Fort Worth First
June 5-10                          Family Camp, Arrowhead Camp & Retreat Center
June 13-17                        CRAVE Youth Camp, Arrowhead Camp & Retreat Center
July 18-22                         ACTIVATE Children’s Camp, Arrowhead Camp & Retreat Center
[806 Airport Fwy., Suite 206, Hurst, TX 76054 ]  [817-479-8611]  []