Mesilla Park Community Church Staff & Leaders

  • Dennis  Diaz

    Dennis Diaz

    Dennis and his wife TJ have been married since 1981 and have three children Jessica, Ryan, and Tiffany. Dennis holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from New Mexico State University and a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been in full-time ministry since 1980, serving with Campus Crusade for Christ/Athletes in Action, 11 years as a Youth Pastor and as Senior Pastor of Mesilla Park since 1993. He has also been on several short term mission trips to Mexico, Sweden, Finland, and East Asia. Besides Jesus, Dennis' passions are his family and sports. A member of the New Mexico State University Sports Hall of Fame, 'Big D' enjoys lifting weights, playing golf, basketball, football, and racquetball, and watching any sport that isn’t played or preformed on ice. He is also a national record holder in the Senior Olympics for both shot-put and discus and can bench press 200 lbs. He is a die-hard Dallas Cowboy fan, remaining loyal despite their current mediocrity . “24” is his favorite television show and he wants to be Jack Bauer when he grows up. TJ is very active in ministry. She has worked in youth ministry since 1981, is a deaconess, has a ministry to senior adults and has a gift of service that keeps her busy meeting the needs of others 24/7. Outside of the church she is a substitute teacher with the Las Cruces Public Schools. Her hobbies are animals, stained glass, woodwork and keeping Dennis in line.