Grace Covenant Church
Grace Covenant Church
The PCA is dedicated to starting new churches. Grace Covenant Church (GCC) is one of many church plants planned for 2004. GCC has a mother-daughter relationship with University Presbyterian Church located across from NMSU. Together we hope to establish a movement of the gospel in Las Cruces, Southern New Mexico and internationally.
Sunday Service is at 10:15 am
Location: 3111 N. Main St. Las Cruces, NM
Douglas L. Coyle, Ph.D., Senior Pastor
Doug is the organizing pastor for Grace Covenant Church. He grew up in Las Cruces and graduated from Mesilla Valley Christian School. He received a B.S. in Business Administration from San Diego Christian College in California, where he also served as Student Body President and played four years on the basketball team. He attended Westminster Theological Seminary, CA and received his Masters of Divinity in 1995. During his first year in Seminary he married Jennie.
After serving as an Assistant Pastor and taking classes towards a Masters in Philosophy at San Diego State University, Doug and his wife Jennie moved to Waco, Texas where he began to work on a Ph.D. at Baylor University. In 1998, Doug and Jennie moved to Las Cruces with hopes of planting a church. Doug served as an Associate Pastor for University Presbyterian Church as he worked toward planting the daughter church.
In February of 2004 Grace Covenant Church began meeting. In February of 2005 Grace Covenant Church became a particularized church. In December of 2005 the church purchased a 12,500 square foot building on the corner of N. Main and Elks across from the Lowe’s (3111 N. Main St). Doug and Jennie have four children, Hunter, Noah, Connor and Davis. In May of 2006 Doug completed his Ph.D. from Baylor University. In December 2007, Jennie completed her Master’s in Communication Studies from New Mexico State Unviersity. Doug and Jennie both enjoy sports and coaching thier sons teams. Next, to watching the Phoenix Suns, Doug enjoys the light reading of Cornelius Van Til. Doug can be reached at 575-526-5577.
Adam Shields, Assistant Pastor
Adam was born in Richmond, Virginia and grew up in various parts of the state including Lynchburg, VA and Bristol, VA. Adam came to know Jesus as his King and Savior at the age of 15 through the ministry of Young Life. After high school he headed off to Carson-Newman College, in Jefferson City, TN, where he was involved with Campus Crusade for Christ. It was through a small group that he was stirred to the pursuit of God and the beginning of a call to ministry.
Adam graduated from CNC in 2002 with dual majors in Religion and Human Services, and then took a semester break before beginning his seminary studies at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL in January 2003. Upon graduation from RTS in the Spring of 2006, he worked briefly as an Assistant to the Pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Oviedo, FL. Beginning in the Fall of 2006, he began a two year pastoral internship at Eastwood Presbyterian Church in Montgomery, AL. While in Montgomery he had opportunities to preach, teach, coach boys basketball for Eastwood Christian School, participate in missions and outreach, as well as take part in various parts of the life of the church.
In October 2008, Adam joined Grace Covenant Church as Assistant Pastor where he helps lead and equip in the areas of teaching, worship, youth ministry, college ministry, outreach and missions. In 2010, Adam had the privilege of marrying his wife and best friend, Jessica – a story told and still being told of God’s grace!
Adam enjoys playing basketball and tennis, engaging the arts of film, literature, and music, and spending quality time with friends and family in good conversation. He is an avid fan of traveling, Mellow Yellow, and since becoming a resident of New Mexico….green chili!
Presbyterian Church in America (PCA)
The birth date of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) is December 4, 1973. (But our spiritual roots are in the Protestant Reformation.)
We came into existence because we felt strongly the need for a Scriptural, evangelical and reformed witness for Christ. We wanted to be a part of a denomination which honors God and His Word. We desired a believing fellowship which is committed to evangelism, Christian education and training as top priorities in the Church. We felt that ministers and church officers should affirm without compromise the great biblical beliefs of Christianity.
Many of our churches separated from their denomination because of the compromise of our basic Christian doctrines. After years of sincere efforts to call our former denomination to revival and renewal we were led by God to withdraw and form a new body. The new denomination began with 250 congregations and 50,000 members.
Presently, the PCA is one of the fastest-growing Presbyterian denominations in North America, and is among the fastest growing of all denominations. We now have over 1,500 churches and more than 310,000 members in the United States and Canada with at least 66 Presbyteries. We have great Bible teachers such as R.C. Sproul, Tim Keller, and Randy Pope. The late D. James Kennedy began the ministry of Evangelism Explosion out of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, PCA.
Together we are lifting high our banner of love and testimony to Jesus Christ our Lord, locally and globally. The PCA has over 600 long term missionaries, 430 short term workers and 6,500 two-week workers serving worldwide. The PCA has also established one of the fastest growing campus ministries, Reformed University Fellowship (RUF). We now have campus ministers on over 80 college and university campuses across America. The PCA also has its own college, Covenant College, and seminary, Covenant Seminary.