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Our Staff


 Church in Las Cruces

Chris Watkins

Lead Teaching Pastor


Chris Watkins serves as the Lead Teaching Pastor of Desert Rivers Community Church. Chris has worked as a Pastor in several churches in Louisiana and has also been involved in church planting. Chris actively seeks to make much of the glory of God while proclaiming the Word from the Pulpit. Chris received his Bachelor’s of Theology from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Chris is married to Cindy Watkins and has three children: Tyler, Eli and Caleb.


Church in Las Cruces

Mark Olson

Elder / Pastor

Mark Olson serves as a bi-vocational Pastor and Elder at DRCC. He has a passion for small groups, spending one on one time with others and the gospel. Mark graduated from NMSU with a degree in business. He is married to Teri Olson and they have 4 children and 6 grandchildren.


We currently have five deacons that serve at Desert Rivers:

  • Jimmie Doss
  • Alan Lambeth
  • Joe Riley
  • Al Perez
  • Jim Coats.