Meet Our Staff

Rev. Dr. MJ Romano, Pastor

MJ is excited to have served the First Pres family since 2004.  Her passions in ministry are in worship leadership and family ministry, and she loves a good potluck (maybe too much!).  Her husband Chris Ludwig teaches science at La Junta High School, and they have two children, Elly and Karl.  MJ stays active in the community through the Ministerial Association, Associated Charities, Wake Up Breakfast Committee, Fire Department chaplaincy, , plus various school activities with her children.  She also teaches philosophy and ethics at Otero Junior College.

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Dean Rees, Organist

Dean is the organist for the church and is a music teacher at Washington Primary School in Rocky Ford. He is active in many musical events throughout the valley including Picketwire Players productions, Grand Theatre productions, and is the director for the OJC Student and Community Choir.



Matthew Beard, Chancel Choir Director

A graduate of Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, Matthew teaches band and art at La Junta Jr/Sr High School. He comes to us with a wealth of energy and imagination, as he seeks to serve Christ by enriching the musical gifts of our Chancel Choir and musicians.



Arah Minck, Children's Evangelist

Arah is a faithful member of the church and a mother of four beautiful children. She is also an active rancher with love and respect for all of God's creatures. In her spare time her hobbies include crafting, crocheting, and spending time with her husband and kids.




Toni Cook, Treasurer

Toni has been a member of the church since 1976. She is a retired elementary teacher and elementary school principal. She loves to spend time with her family, travel and play bridge.



Kathy Parker, Secretary and Bookkeeper

Kathy Parker has been a member of the church since 2009 and has served as church secretary since August of 2010. She is retired from the East Otero School District as the Technology Director and volunteers for the Otero Museum and the Arkansas Valley Community Concert Association. In her spare time, Kathy loves to read, play bridge, and do genealogy.

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Christina Mackey, Child Care Coordinator

Christina Mackey has been with the church since childhood. She is an active member and loves spending time with kids. Her family consists of her husband David of 15 years, daughters, Brittney-15, Alyssa -14, Elizzabeth -1, and her son David II -9. She is currently attending OJC and stays busy with her kids and all of their activities. She enjoys reading, puzzles and spending time with her family.