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Pastors & Staff

Ty Houghtaling

Lead Pastor

Ty Houghtaling, Lead Pastor (M.T.S. from SWBTS)
Ty is married to his beautiful wife, Jennifer and they have two boys, Clay and Cael.  He's a lifelong Artesia resident and has a heart for our community and seeing them reached with the love of Christ.  

Mike Wright

Associate Pastor of worship

Mike is married to the beautiful Jennifer and they have 2 sons! Mike has served for over 30 years in churches located in Missouri, Louisiana, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Illinois. He surrendered to the Ministry at the age of 20 after serving on a mission trip to Native Americans in South Dakota. He and his family have a huge heart for God, music and missions! 

Ben Cox


Ben is married to his beautiful wife Katrina and they have the sweetest daughter. Ben is passionate about discipling students and coaching kids to win through life in Christ in our sports program.

Meet the team.

Leslie atkins

Financial Manager
All things financial, Leslie is the go-to guru to keep things "balanced"!

toni cano

Ministry Assistant
Making you feel welcome and greeting you with a smile, Toni is the face of our church office and Total Life Center building.

Jeanette Williams 

Our sanctuary and bible study classrooms always look great because of Jeannette's diligent work.

James Allen

Cleaning places and spaces is what James does, James is always willing to lend a hand.

Benny Boyse

Key Man
Locking and unlocking for various events, Benny keeps our TLC open for our early morning walkers.