New Pastors

Two Pastors Join the Texico Conference
December 21, 2020

CORRALES, N.M. – The Texico Conference and members of the Albuquerque Heights Seventh-day Adventist Church and Los Ranchos Seventh-day Adventist Company were pleased to welcome Antonio Cano as their new pastor on Oct. 1, 2020.

Cano has served as a pastor for more than 20 years. His experience includes leading churches in California, serving as an evangelist for the Central California Conference and working with multiple Adventist schools and academies. 

Cano moved to Albuquerque with his family in January of 2020, but he is no stranger to New Mexico. As a young man, Cano lived in Southern New Mexico, where his father pastored several districts. His wife, Melanie, is very supportive of his ministry and is currently teaching at Sandia View Christian School. They have two children, a daughter, Eliana, and a son, Lucas.

Cano’s passion in ministry is to have an intimate personal relationship with Christ and meet the needs of people while discipling others to do the same. The Cano family is excited about the opportunity to share their love as they serve in New Mexico. 

“We are excited to be in Texico and are looking forward to what God has in store for us here at Albuquerque Heights and Los Ranchos,” said Cano. “We are trusting in Him as we work to accomplish His purposes in these churches and the surrounding communities.”

Also joining the Texico Conference is Raul Alvarez, who will be serving the Southern New Mexico district, which includes the Las Cruces Spanish, Deming Spanish, Deming and Silver City Seventh-day Adventist Churches. Alvarez is a recent graduate of Southwestern Adventist University, where he served as student association president. He double-majored in theology and business. Alvarez is originally from Cuba and his family currently lives in Florida, where his father is also a pastor. Alvarez is a wonderful pianist and is looking forward to serving his new churches and making lasting memories. 

We are very grateful that God has led the Cano family and Alvarez to the Texico Conference. It is our prayer that God will bless them greatly as they share their ministry gifts and their hearts.

By Debby Márquez 

Communication Director