Responding to God’s Call: Tobin Savage Ordained

April 10, 2024

GRANTS, N.M. – On Feb. 10, the Grants Seventh-day Adventist Church hosted the ordination of its pastor, Tobin Savage. During the special Sabbath-morning worship service, Texico Conference leaders performed the ordination ceremony.

Savage was born a fifth-generation Seventh-day Adventist in Loma Linda, Calif., where his parents were youth leaders in the Azure Hills Seventh-day Adventist Church. The family later moved to La Vida Mission in Northwestern New Mexico. 

Savage attended both Campion and Thunderbird Adventist academies, where he immersed himself in flying and various other pursuits. During a student week of prayer that Savage presented, he first sensed God’s call to ministry. After graduation, and with much prayer and counsel, he enrolled at La Sierra University as a physics major, later changing to religion when his call to ministry became more clear. It was at La Sierra University that he met and married Rebekah, who has had a career as a special education teacher. They have been blessed with two children.

Upon graduation, Savage taught at Holbrook Indian School, where he also served as an associate pastor. Savage has a broad background in various technical fields, with a degree in instrumentation and controls as well as being a journeyman electrician. Several years later a full-time call to pastoral ministry opened the door to pastor in Dubuque, Iowa. 

After Iowa, Savage served as a bivocational pastor, working for Chevron Oil Company and pastoring churches in Aztec, N.M., and Rangely, Colo., for the Rocky Mountain Conference. A few years ago, he and Rebekah moved to Ramah, N.M., where a call to full-time pastoral ministry was once again extended in mid-2022. 

“We are grateful and delighted that Savage was ordained to the pastoral ministry,” says Lee-Roy Chacon, Texico Conference president. “It was a pleasure to be a part of this special event and see how God has led him in his life. We pray God’s great blessings for Savage and his ministry for many years to come.”

By Debby Márquez
Communication Director