Staff of Tabernacle Baptist Church

  • Pastor Randy and Mrs. Sherry Rhoton

    Randy & Sherry Rhoton


    Randy and Sherry have been serving in ministry since 1976.  

    They started as missionary interns at Tanglewood Baptist Church, Odessa, Tx.  After finishing a one-year internship they served as missionaries on the Navajo Reservation from 1977 to 1981.  

    Randy accepted a call from the Grace Baptist Church, Milan, N.M., first as youth pastor and then as lead pastor.  They served at Grace Baptist for 4 years.  During a Mission Conference at Grace Baptist the Lord led Randy and Sherry to go to the mission field of Costa Rica.  During deputation they lived in Roswell, N.M. and attended Tabernacle Baptist Church. 

    In August of 1986, Randy, Sherry and their three children moved to San Jose, Costa Rica.  They served as church planters, in camp and children ministries, leadership training and outreach ministries for over 30 years in Central America.  

    In November on 2017 their sending church, Tabernacle Baptist Church, called Randy as the lead pastor.  Randy and Sherry moved back to Roswell in January 2018.  They are excited about being back in the Southwest where they started their ministry adventure 40 years ago!


    Randy and Sherry have 4 adult children, three of them are married and they also have 8 grandchildren.  

  • Pete 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.