Staff of Tabernacle Baptist Church


  • Pastor Michael Coffman

    Michael Coffman was married on December 3, 2004 to a lovely young lady named Lisa Jolean Holton, with whom they now have 5 kids: Alison, Matthew, Gabriel, Ethan, and Colton. He was saved that same year on June 15th at Silver State Baptist Youth Camp after spending several years trying to convince himself he was already saved. Two years later, on June 16th, also at Silver State, he answered the call to surrender his life for full-time ministry. Then just six months later he and his wife moved to Oklahoma City to attend Heartland Baptist Bible College where he graduated in May of 2010.


    Since graduating Bible College, he’s had the privilege of serving God as youth pastor at Bethany Baptist Church in Lubbock, Texas from May 2010—June 2013. He then answered the call to plant a church and began serving as a church planting intern at Faith Baptist Church in Wesley Chapel, Florida from June 2013—June 2015. He then planted Christway Baptist Church in Zephyrhills, Florida and pastored from June 2015 —March 2018.


    Then on October 14, 2020 the Lord called Michael Coffman to Tabernacle Baptist Church where he became the pastor. He considers it an honor and privilege to serve along side such wonderful people for the cause of Christ.

  • Associate Pastor Peter Merlo


    Pete Merlo surrendered to preach in the summer of 1977.  


    After graduating from Roswell High in 1978 he attended Oklahoma Baptist College receiving his degree from Baptist Bible College West in Denver.  


    In 1985, Tabernacle Baptist Church sent out Steve Whicker and Pete to be the founding pastors of Community Baptist Church in Franktown, Colorado.  Pete served as Associate Pastor there until 1994 when he became Senior Pastor of Bible Baptist Church in Silver City, NM.  He pastored there until 2005.  


    Upon moving to Roswell, he has been an Associate Pastor at Tabernacle since August 2005.  


    Pete and Tamera were married in 1987 and have one Adult son Ian.