Our Staff

Jerry W. Beaver, Senior Pastor

Jerry was born and raised in Virginia. Jerry grew up in an unsaved home. In his teenage years, he got into rock music, and played in various heavy metal and rock bands locally. One of his co-workers invited Jerry to attend Gateway Baptist Church in Blacksburg, Virginia. After the service he got saved.  Shortly after being saved and baptized, Jerry was called into the ministry. While in Bible College he married Heidi, and upon his graduation, he was called to be the pastor of Victory Baptist Church in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, where he was pastor for almost ten years. 

Dr. Jerry Beaver is now the senior pastor of TBC. Pastor Beaver has a Masterís degree in Biblical Counseling, and holds a PhD in Biblical Studies  He has authored several of books:  Walking Through the Valleys of Life, based on Psalm 23, which has sold over 10,000 copies,  and currently being translated into Spanish.   Likewise Jerry and Heidi co-authored the book Christian Modesty, A Matter of the Heart, and If You Only knew Me.  Pastor Beaver also has a couple of ministry websites that he runs, www.jerrybeaver.net www.baptistgrowth.com

The Beavers have four children: Seth, Samuel, Isaiah, and Isaac.

Onsy Whicker, Pastor Emeritus

Pastor Whicker was one of the early missionaries to South Korea, in which he was very well known for his work there.   He also pastored in Washington state, worked on staff at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College, and pastored TBC for 25 years. He was voted as honorary Pastor Emeritus in 2006. 

He and his precious wife, Betty, faithfully attend the church and serve the Lord in any capacity they can.

Pete Merlo, Director of Outreach

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, along with Steve Whicker, Pete was one of 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 on staff at Tabernacle since August 2005. Pete and Tamera were married in 1987 and have one son Ian, 17.  Pete is the director of Bus, Evangelism and the Senior Ministry.

Jason Perry, Director of Music, Children, and Education

Brother Jason Perry has been on staff here at Tabernacle Baptist Church since February of 2008. He and his wife Deena, have seven children and work together as a team to lead our children into the direction of serving the Lord Jesus Christ with passion.

Brother Perry has been in the ministry for 22 years. God sent him to Tabernacle from the mission field in Mexico while fighting a debilitating illness. He has not allowed his physical problems to keep him from serving the Lord. Brother Perry is our Minister of Education and Music.