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Paul Allen

Student Pastor

Paul serves as the Student Pastor. He was born in Seoul, Korea. At age three, he was adopted by a wonderful military family. He spent his childhood moving around with his family from Hawaii to Germany and everywhere in between. His family finally settled in Salem, Oregon when his father retired. In Salem, Paul met his wonderful wife, Laura. They were married in 2000. The Lord blessed him with a son the following year, a daughter in 2005 and a son in 2013.

Paul graduated from Corban College in Salem with his Bachelor's in Student and Family Ministry. He went on to get his Master's in Christian Education from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been working in student ministry for over a decade. In July 2011, God called him to join the staff at Central Baptist Church to reach the students of Clovis for Him.

In his free time, Paul enjoys spending time with his family. He is an experienced rock climber. When he seeks quiet time with the Lord, you can find him on the side of a cliff somewhere. You can contact Paul by phone at (575) 762-4727 or by email at Paul@connect2central.com.


Destry Howland

Student Assistant

Destry serves as the Student Assistant. Destry grew up in the Alamogordo and Ruidoso, NM. She lived on a farm, worked on her family's ranch, and was active in 4-H; showing sheep and heifers. She participated in rodeos and represented New Mexico as the Miss Rodeo New Mexico Princess from 2003-2005.

Destry was homeschooled and received her GED in 2005, graduated from Southern Nazarene University with a Bachelor's Degree in International Studies, emphasis in Language and Culture and a Minor in Missions. She is currently enrolled in the Eastern New Mexico University graduate program for Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She is hoping to continue to serve families and students with the addition of counseling techniques in the future.

She has worked with teens and children as an intern, assistant, and as Activities Staff at Bonita Park Camp and Conference Center near Ruidoso, since she was fifteen years old. Destry dedicated a year to missions right after graduating from SNU in 2010 participating in Mission Year, a one-year volunteer program for young Christin adults to experience inner-city missinos in Atlanta, GA. She began working at Central Baptist in April of 2013 and is continuing to walk in what the Lord has called her to do.

You can contact Destry by phone at (575) 762-4727 or by email at destry@connect2central.com.


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