Matt Sellers - Lead Pastor

I was born and raised in Arizona.  I attended college at Southwestern Bible College (now Arizona Christian University) in Phoenix, received my BS degree in Elementary Education and while there, met and married the most amazing woman, my wife, Christy.  We have been married for 21 years and have six beautiful children, Camden, age 18, Payton, age 12, Maylee Grace, age 10, Levi, age 8, Endale, age 6, and LillyAnn, age 6.

I love to play and watch sports.  I am a huge fan of the Green Bay Packers and Arizona Diamondbacks as well as Arizona Coyotes.

I have been in full time ministry since 1997 – the Junior High Youth Pastor at Palmcroft Baptist Church in Phoenix, the Student Ministries/Education Pastor at First Baptist Church of Rio Rancho, and now the Lead Pastor/Church Planter at Paragon Church in Rio Rancho.

(Photo: Matt with his wife Christy and all the kids. From left to right: Maylee Grace, Levi, LillyAnn, Endale, Camden, Payton)

GEROME FRAGUA- Worship Leader

I'm a native New Mexican from the Pueblo of Jemez. I spent a part of my childhood in Colorado, but moved back to be raised by my grandparents, who thankfully introduced me to Jesus. I am married to Bianca, my best friend and partner in crime. Together we have a beautiful daughter named Ella Rose and a new baby boy named David Oliver.

I bleed orange and blue, GO BRONCOS! I also am a fan of the Rockies, Avs, and LA Lakers. Sorry Denver Nuggets.

I have lead worship for churches, camps, and conferences for over 10 years and am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Paragon Church family. I truly believe in the vision of this church to "come as you are", allow Jesus to do the changing, and then go share your story with the world. It's refreshing to be a part of a group of people who know that we're all messed up... (and don't hide it), but trust that Jesus will refine us in His time.

(Photo: Gerome with his wife Bianca, daughter Ella, and baby David.)

Ken Black- Elder

I grew up in the church.  Or as my mother would say, I was “yanked up.”  My father was an elder and teacher in the church in Farmington.  My mother was Sunday School teacher well into her 70’s.  As I grew up, Church was our life.  We would attend services 3 times a week, gospel meetings, church camps, etc. I was baptized into Christ Jesus in 1975 and was raised to live a new life. In high school I was a leader in our youth group and thought the Lord was calling me to be a youth minister.  I received a BA from Lubbock Christian College in Youth Ministry. After spending a year as a youth minister, it was obvious to me that I wasn’t called to youth ministry.  So, I returned to graduate school and got a MBA from Texas Tech University and began my career in the Insurance industry. Currently I serve as the Chief Operations Officer at AMERIND Risk. During graduate school, I was blessed by the Lord to marry Kathy Underwood.  We celebrated 33 years of marriage last year.  We are still raising our three children as that job never ends.  Two are married and we have four grandchildren.  We have lived in 8 different states during our marriage and along the way, I have served the church as a teacher, missionary, deacon, youth minister, trustee, preacher and elder. 

As with all men and women, I have struggled with sin, success, failure, joy and tragedy in my life journey.  All this has led to my understanding that, like everyone else on this earth, I need Jesus Christ as my savior and Lord.  Like anyone, I have struggles in making Jesus the Lord of my life.  But, through the grace and mercy of God, I endeavor to “deny myself, take up His cross daily and follow Jesus.”  As Paul stated, “God has called some to be . . . elders . . .”  I want to be faithful to whatever God calls me to be.  A poet has stated “I yearn to be held in the great hands of your heart — oh let them take me now. Into them I place these fragments, my life, and you, God — spend them however you want.”  At the end of this life’s journey, I want to hear the words “Well done good and faithful servant.”

(Photo: Ken and his wife Kathy.)

Bob Monclova- Elder

My “BC life” (Before Christ) was one of not honoring God with my life. It was about me and what I could get to meet my selfish lifestyle.

Then there were those points of destiny in my life where followers of Christ would share their faith with me and I’d brush it off and say that’s good for you. There were three men in my life that I knew what they were about before they surrendered to Jesus. These men spoke truth because I knew them and respected them. On Oct 4, 1977 was the day I surrendered to Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. That day and the days since I have lived with a desire to honor God and to make Him known.

Some verses that have helped me understand God’s grace in this “AC life”(After Christ) are Romans 3:23; 6:23; 2 Corinthians 5:17 and 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. There are eight great words that the Apostle Paul writes to me in 1 Corinthians 6:11; “…And that is what some of you were.” Trying to understand the magnitude of His grace is difficult with my fallible mind and limited words; simply all I can do is to thank Him, honor Him and make Him known. That has been my heart’s desire since the day I surrendered to His great Love.

Coram Deo Tetelestai

(Coram Deo: to live one’s entire life in the presence of God, under the authority of God, to the glory of God. Tetelestai: until the end)

(Photo: Bob and his son Nik.)

James Trevillian- Elder

I became a Christian when I was 9 years old. My family didn’t attend church regularly until then due to some miserable church experiences. They decided to give it another shot with a church in my hometown in Maryland. Even then, the church I was attending did not regularly share the Gospel that I remember. That changed when a guest pastor held “revival” services for a week. My mom encouraged me to go with her each night. On the fourth night, the pastor presented the Gospel clearly. Even at 9 years old, I remember thinking that I knew I was a sinner and I definitely needed Christ. I prayed to receive Christ at the end of the service. Even though I wasn’t into anything crazy as a 9-year-old, the Holy Spirit began to make changes in my life. 

One of the most noticeable was calming my temper and reducing the anger in my life.

When I started middle school, my family had yet another bad church experience. We stopped attending church for about a year. My mom sought another church for the family to attend after watching me start to hang out with the wrong crowd. We attended that church through my middle and high school years. During that time, my youth group was one of the most powerful influences on my life. The volunteers and youth pastors who invested in us helped steer me out of trouble and taught me much of what I know about my faith. I was baptized when I was 13, called to ministry at summer camp when I was 14, and went on several short-term missions trips all over Central and South America in high school and college.

I met my wife, Miriam through a friend from one of those missions trips. We attended Liberty University together. In 2004 we graduated, got married, and I started as a Youth Pastor at a church in Imperial County, CA. I learned all about what “forced resignation” was in 2005, but God used that experience to bring us to New Mexico in 2006. I served as a Youth Pastor in Socorro for about 8 years. Our two children, Lyndi and Nate, were both born in Socorro. We then moved to Rio Rancho to help a church plant on the Westside. When that church dissolved in 2015, God brought us to Paragon. We have been blessed to be a part of what God is doing here, and are looking forward to what’s coming in 2017!

(Photo: James, his wife Miriam, and his children Nate and Lyndi.)