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

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 and traditional style worship, in addition to numerous special programs throughout the year.  Participants are always encouraged.

Dr. Edgardo Martinez

Minister of Missions & 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 and College

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.


Leslie Bustillos

Business Administrator

Kara Jones

Office Manager
Executive Assistant to Senior Pastor

Julia Ortiz

Community Life Coordinator

Linda Garcia

Assistant to Business Administrator

Silvia Arce

Graphic Artist

Juan Ortiz

Facilities Manager

Maria de Luna

Church Hostess