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IMG-3455Justin Trevino, Pastor

A native of Las Cruces, Justin was born in 1985 to a loving Roman Catholic family. In 2003, at the age of 17, God was pleased, through a friend and classmate who shared the gospel with him, to pull him out of the bondage of sin, the emptiness of false religion, and the snare of seeking salvation by self-righteousness. Through the gospel, Justin’s eyes were opened to see the irresistible beauty and saving power of God's crucified and risen Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the need of seeking refuge in Him.

Following his conversion to Christ, he joined a local church where he heard the Bible taught week after week by a faithful pastor. He immediately acquired an insatiable desire to know and make known the truth and excellencies of the God who called him out of darkness into His marvelous light. This desire eventually matured into a longing to preach and shepherd God's people, but being unsure of the calling and how to pursue this longing in a way that would result in long-term fruitfulness, Justin decided to move his family to San Antonio, Texas, to submit and sit under the preaching ministry of Grace Community Church.

Upon contacting one of the pastors of Grace Community Church to inform him of the desire to move his family and join the church in San Antonio, the pastor inquired of Justin’s background, his thoughts about ministry, and his current situation in Las Cruces. What was intended to be a conversation informing the pastor of the decision to move to San Antonio turned into a conversation about the possibility of remaining in Las Cruces to plant a church with the help, mentorship, and support of the church in San Antonio.

After heeding the pastor’s counsel to pray and seek the will of God, it became abundantly clear to Justin and his wife that they were to remain in Las Cruces and plant a church with the help and encouragement of Grace Community Church in San Antonio. Towards the end of 2012, Grace Community Church in Las Cruces began as Justin and his wife stepped out in faith, clinging to God’s faithfulness and His undying passion to glorify His Son, while also relying on the power of His Spirit and the sufficiency of His Word to save and sanctify a people for Himself.

Justin is joyfully married to Lanae, and together they’ve been blessed with five amazing children. As a bivocational pastor, he also works full-time for Stellar Solutions as a Systems Engineering Technical Advisor on White Sands Missile Range. The teachers and preachers that have and continue to shape him include Tim Conway, Albert Martin, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Paul Washer, John MacArthur, John Piper, Conrad Mbewe, Steve Lawson, R. C. Sproul, Sinclair Ferguson, and Derek Thomas. His favorite authors include G. K. Beale, Geehardus Vos, Michael Horton, John Frame, Charles Spurgeon, Octavius Winslow, J. C. Ryle, Jonathan Edwards, John Bunyan, and the English Puritans of the seventeenth century.