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FBC Business Manager

First Baptist Church of El Paso will be receiving applications for the position of Business Administrator until the close of business on January 22, 2021. Ricky Gum has communicated his intent to retire later this year. He will be assisting in the training of his successor until the time that he enters retirement. This is a full-time position. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. If you (or someone you know) is interested in being considered for this position, please submit a resume to Personnel Committee, c/o Pastor Mark Rotramel. Resumes may be submitted via United States Postal Service (First Baptist Church, 805 Montana, El Paso, TX 79902) or via email (mrotramel@fbcep.com). If you would like more information regarding responsibilities for this position, please contact Pastor Mark Rotramel at (915) 533-1465.

SCOPE: The Business Administrator is responsible for day-to-day business operations of the Church and Day Care Junction. The primary areas of responsibility of this position include accounting, budgeting, payroll, Day Care Junction finances, human resource management, general administration, and supervision of the Financial Secretary. The Business Administrator works under the supervision of the Senior Pastor and works in cooperation with the Finance Committee, Personnel Committee, and the First Baptist Church Foundation.

Retirement announcement-Rick Gum, business manager

Retirement announcement

Dr. Bob Nickell, associate pastor

Dr. Mark Rotramel

Senior pastor

Dr. Mark Rotramel serves as Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church. He and his wife, Teresa, arrived in El Paso in August 2017 with a passion for Jesus and for ministry along the border. Having grown up in Odessa, west Texas life is familiar and enjoyable for them. They have served churches in all geographic areas of Texas, and they love life along the border. As Senior Pastor, he preaches, directs the overall ministry of our church, and works with staff, lay leaders, and volunteers to fulfill the mission of the church in El Paso, this region, and beyond. He serves as a representative of the church in civic contexts, denominational and inter-denominational work, and mission endeavors.

Mark has a strong background in Baptist work. His father was a minister for almost thirty years, pastoring churches in central Texas, Odessa, and finally along the border in south Texas' Rio Grande Valley. Dr. Rotramel holds a Bachelor's degree from Wayland Baptist University, an MDiv form Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a DMin from Baylor University's George W. Truett Theological Seminary. Mark began pastoral ministry in 1981 and has served in a variety of staff positions for local churches. He has been a Senior Pastor since 1999, serving for twelve years along the southern border of Texas and six in east Texas. He has served in a variety of other pastoral staff positions, dating back to 1981. Dr. Rotramel has a deep desire to see and help people develop as followers of Jesus who experience the life only He can provide

Dr. Bob Nickell

executive pastor

Dr. Bob Nickell gives leadership to the ministries and activities of the church and works with the Senior Pastor in implementing thrusts and initiatives. He also oversees the various education ministries and giving administrative oversight to the church office. He also provides pastoral care, preaching, and Bible teaching ministries on a weekly basis. As Executive Pastor, Dr. Nickell oversees all of the ministry endeavors of the church and gives leadership to the thrusts and projects of the body, as well as organization of the ministerial staff. He also provides leadership in the church in the area of Pastoral Care and teaches weekly Bible studies at noon on Tuesdays. In addition, he oversees the Welcome Ministry and gives direction to many of the committees of the church.

Dr. Nickell has been a pastor and minister in Texas for forty years and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our church. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Hardin-Simmons University, an MDiv from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a DMin from San Francisco Theological Seminary. He has served on numerous boards and committees in the Baptist General Convention of Texas and associations in the state. He has several published articles in denominational journals and is a respected pastor and teacher. Bob serves along with his wife Kathleen. They have two grown children.

Erick Jimenez

Minister of discipleship

Erick Jimenez serves as the Minister of Discipleship for First Baptist Church. He is working to create and assess FBC’s curriculum and development plan for discipleship, and works with the church staff and volunteers to implement the plan for discipleship among members. Erick has many years of experience in building personal relationships based on discipleship. He earned his Master of Theological Studies from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and is currently working toward his Master of Divinity in Educational Ministry, with a Concentration in Teaching and Discipleship. Erick has served on staff at First Baptist Church of El Paso in the past in the roles of Student Evangelism and Internship Pastor with Youth and College, as well as the College Pastor and Undergraduate Ministry Director. He most recently served as the Director of Young Married Ministry, Local Evangelism and Church-wide Discipleship at Coronado Baptist Church in El Paso.

Erick is married to Jordan and they have four children. Erick is very involved in local sports ministries as the Chaplain for the Locomotives Soccer Team and a Board Member and Chaplain for the UTEP Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Erick states as his ministry objective: To use my God-given abilities in pastoral discipleship, counseling, advising and mentoring to help guide all peoples. Through my experiences and education gained, I believe I can instill lifelong spiritual habits and skills to all people. I also desire to use my strong attention to detail and natural communication skills in reaching and teaching as many people as possible in guiding them to be the best they can be in all things for Christ and His kingdom.

elvin porflit

Minister of music

Elvin Porflit plans, directs and oversees the worship ministries of the church including the Sanctuary Choir, Praise Team, Orchestra, Children's Choirs, Senior Adult Choir, ensembles, and congregational worship. He also directs the technical media ministries, which include sound, lighting, graphics, and television, and oversees this website. Elvin grew up in El Paso and previously served as the Choral Director of Jefferson High School. He and his wife Juli, along with their daughter Noelle and son Jordan, are long-time members of First Baptist Church. Elvin has served as the worship leader at a number of local churches including Apollo Heights Baptist Church, Coronado Baptist Church, St. Mark’s Methodist Church, and Immanuel Baptist Church. In addition, Elvin led the contemporary service of our church from 1998-2003. He graduated from the University of Texas El Paso with a Bachelors in Music Education in 1994.

The church offers contemporary worship with praise singers and praise band for the 9:00 am worship each Sunday and interested participants are always encouraged. A more traditional style is enjoyed in the 11:15 am worship each week, with full choir and orchestra. First Baptist also enjoys the musical leadership of several ensembles, children's choirs, and a senior adult choir. In addition to numerous special programs throughout the year, the Worship Ministry also presents a Living Christmas Tree program at the holiday season, now for over fifty  years.

Dr. Edgardo Martinez

minister of missions and evangelism

Dr. Edgardo Martinez gives leadership in the areas of Evangelism and Missions. He oversees, coordinates, facilitates and develops community ministries in the predominantly Hispanic city of El Paso and the neighborhood around the church. Likewise, he oversees the cooperative efforts of FBCEP with the various mission churches and new church starts in the border area, the global missions efforts and all other missional endeavors that help advance the vision of the church.

Dr. Martinez is a Native of San Andres, Island, Colombia, along with his wife Xiomara who is a registered Social Worker (MLSW) from Baylor University and their two daughters Emily and Nandi, who are UTEP graduates. Edgardo holds a Masters of Law (LLM) and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree, and practiced law for ten years in Colombia. Before coming to the United States he served as pastor of the First Baptist Church of San Andres Island where he had his first pastoral experience. Later he was called to be the pastor of the Christian Mission Church, a local congregation on the Island. Previous to moving to El Paso he was the pastor of the Primera Iglesia Bautista in Rockdale, Texas, where he served for four years. Edgardo holds a Master of Divinity (MDiv) and the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) from the George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University.

martha jackson

minister of preschool & children

One of the most important ministry areas in the church is to the children of young families. Mrs. Martha Jackson directs and oversees the ministries to children from birth through fifth grade, providing loving care and age-appropriate Bible teaching for each group. Additionally, Martha acts as staff liaison for the Women's Ministry.

Martha has been a member of First Baptist for many years, along with her husband Ron, an attorney. She has served in many areas of leadership in the church as was the Child Care Director and became the Preschool and Children's Minister in the summer of 2011. She and Ron have two daughters, Rebecca and Rachel, both college students.

jeremy kroeker

minister of youth

Jeremy has a passion to help people, especially teenagers, become world changers for the glory of God. He has served in youth ministry in El Paso since 1999, and has served as the coordinator for the El Paso Youth Ministry Network (EPYMN) since it was founded in 2014.

Jeremy holds a BBA in Business and Marketing from UTEP and received his pastoral license through the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA). Jeremy is married to Tara, an adventurous, Godly woman who shares his passion to see young people grow in the Lord. They have two sons, Corbin and Josiah, and together they enjoy camping, hiking, and sports.

joshalyn estrada

minister of college


Joshalyn is no stranger to First Baptist Church of El Paso. She grew up running up and down the halls of FBC and it was where she came to know the Lord. Joshalyn attended Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, Texas, where she graduated with a degree in Religious Education specializing in Youth Ministry and a minor in Spanish and is currently pursuing a master’s at UTEP in leadership and community engagement. She has served in different churches in west Texas and New York. Her passions include helping young people discover their talents and helping them figure out ways they can use them to serve the Lord and the community. Joshalyn is the daughter of Luis and Carmen Estrada, long time members of FBC. 


rick gum

Church Administrator

kara jones

Office Manager

leslie bustillos

Assistant to Administrator

julia ortiz

Office Coordinator

nicki licking

Graphic Artist

juan ortiz

Facilities Manager

maria de luna

Church Hostess