Pastor Gayla Ortega
A native Las Crucen, Gayla became a follower of Jesus Christ in high school, where she also met, and later married her best friend, Ruben. She concentrated those early years on raising their children and supporting her husband in his career and ministry endeavors. Waiting until her children were almost grown, Gayla decided to pursue a higher education, graduating from New Mexico State University and then began her teaching career in elementary and special education.
Gayla considers herself a life-long learner, exploring new things and opportunities. She enjoys a variety of music, traveling and meeting new people and exploring different cultures. She and her husband have traveled extensively to England, Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica, Nepal, Egypt and other parts of the Middle East, including the Holy Land. Her favorite recreational activities are reading, cooking, photography, fishing, and taking an occasional nap, whenever possible!
She has always had desire and a passion to serve the Lord and feels very blessed to be able to serve His people as the overseer of the worship ministry at Sierra Vista Community Church, which she and her husband founded. Besides their three children, they also have two grandchildren; a great-granddaughter and several dogs!