In 1993 Dennis, wife TJ and their three children, Jessica, Ryan and Tiffany, came to Las Cruces from Ft. Worth, Texas to pastor Mesilla Park Church. Since that time, the church has grown from 40 senior adults to a diverse church of more than 2000 members and regular attenders. After years of fruitful ministry together, TJ entered into eternal life in May of 2016 after an 11 year long bout with stage 4 cancer. She is greatly missed by the many she touched with her servant spirit, unwavering faith and contagious joy.
Dennis holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition from NMSU and a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been in full-time ministry since 1980, serving as a missionary with Campus Crusade for Christ/Athletes in Action, a youth pastor for 11 years and as Senior Pastor of MPCC. Alongside of his ministry, Dennis has also served on staff as a track and field coach at UC Irvine, Baylor University and NMSU.
Besides Jesus and the church, Dennis' passions are his family & sports. A stellar track and field athlete while attending New Mexico State University, "Big D" was voted into the NMSU Sports Hall of Fame in 1994 and continues to hold school records in the shot put and discus. He enjoys lifting weights, competing in Master's and Senior track and field competitions, playing golf, basketball, hiking and watching sports, especially the Dallas Cowboys.