Our Staff

Pastor Matt Celoria - Senior Pastor

Matt Celoria was born in Roswell, New Mexico and grew up singing gospel music with his family. The Celoria Family Singers sang in nearly 1,000 churches across the United States for over a decade. As a teenager he surrendered his life to preach the gospel.

He earned his Bachelor’s degree from William Carey University, where he met his wife. Upon graduating with a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Matt served at churches located in Mississippi, Arizona and Oklahoma.

Matt and his wife, Amber moved to Alamogordo with their four children, Michael, Paige, Luke, and Asher in 2015 and was called as Bethel’s Senior Pastor in January of 2018.

Pastor Stephen Martone - Pastor of Music and Worship

Stephen has served Bethel as Associate Pastor of Music and Worship since August, 2012, after serving churches for 30 years in Florida, Texas, Georgia and Tennessee. After receiving a B.A. in Music (Piano and Vocal Performance) from Tennessee Temple University in 1984 he continued to serve in full-time ministry. Both he and his wife, Vicki, attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Forth Worth, TX where they graduated with a Master of Music degree in 2001. Their children, Stephanie and Nathan, are both graduates of Dallas Baptist University and reside in Dallas, TX. Stephen’s priorities are to lead the church in worship and develop worship-leading choirs and musicians of all ages.

Pastor Joshua Dancer - Pastor for Students

My name is Joshua Dancer, and I am married to Maleah. I am a graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and I am finishing up my Master of Divinity degree. I was born in Columbus, Ohio, while Maleah was born in Terra Haute, Indiana. We met while attending Cedarville University where I graduated with a BA in Pastoral Studies and she graduated with a BA in Psychology. We served as High School Life Group leaders for three years in Wake Forest, North Carolina. We have a hamster named Gilbert which we affectionately call our “son”. We enjoy hiking, disc golf, board games, canoeing, escape rooms, going on random adventures, and trying all the local restaurants.

Alexis Speegle - Children's Ministry Director

My name is Alexis Speegle. Originally from Alabama, my husband, Michael, and I moved to New Mexico almost 10 years ago. Our children, Isaiah and Karis, called Portales, NM home until we moved to Alamogordo in March of 2020. For almost 15 years, I have served toddlers, children, and youth in various educational and ministerial capacities. My family is excited for this new endeavor, and I am looking forward to serving the children and their families here at Bethel Baptist.

Linda Patterson - Receptionist

Linda came to New Mexico with her family from east Texas in the mid-fifties. She has been a member of Bethel since 2014. She assists in the nursery and Sunday School. She is the mother of an adult married daughter who has blessed her with four beautiful grandchildren. Linda’s spiritual gifts are hospitality, teaching and helps. She enjoys cooking, reading, crocheting and spending time with her family.

Cheryll Weisensel - Administrative Assistant

Cheryll serves as Administrative Assistant to the Senior Pastor and has been on staff at Bethel since April 2010. Her primary responsibilities at Bethel are to assist the Senior Pastor in his ministry. She also maintains the annual church profile and serves as Church Clerk, in addition to assisting various church events and activities. She has been actively involved in the Women’s ministry, as well as a facilitator for many of the Discipleship classes offered at Bethel. Cheryll enjoys cooking and crafts. She and her husband, Jeff, have three sons, Travis (wife Sarah) , Garrett (wife JeriAnn), and Chancelor (wife Tina). She has been a member of Bethel Baptist since April 2004.

Jeff Weisensel - Maintenance

Joining our staff in October 2010, Jeff does just about whatever is needed on the campus at Bethel Baptist Church, including leading the preparation of our Wednesday Night Meals. Born and raised on a dairy farm in Wisconsin, Jeff is an avid Green Bay Packer fan. He and his wife, Cheryll moved to Alamogordo in 2001. Jeff interests include traveling, motorcycles, tractors, and antiques, but he mostly enjoys spending time with family and friends.