Church celebrates 75 years

Garth Hyde has been interim pastor at Broadview Nazarene Church for the past year and is preparing for the church’s 75th anniversary celebration on Sunday. He will deliver a special message at 11 a.m. CNJ photo: Andy DeLisle

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer

In a cozy office tucked inside a small Broadview church, Garth Hyde keeps busy with his duties as interim pastor of the Broadview Nazarene Church.

Although the tiny New Mexico town, located 30 miles north of Clovis, has only 28 residents, Hyde said daily Sunday attendance averages 25 worshipers.

“We (Broadview Nazarene Church) get farm families and residents of Grady and Broadview,” Hyde said.

The amiable man with a quick smile said he has ministered 14 churches in his 45 years of church service. A Capitan native, Hyde has been in Broadview for the last year serving as interim pastor.

“I tried to retire,” he said, “but the church was without a pastor.”

Hyde said he was originally reluctant to travel the 220 miles from his home in the Ruidoso area to accept the position, but the congregation changed his mind.

“I stayed on because the people are so dear,” he said. “They wound their tentacles of love around us.”

One of the major changes Hyde has made at the rural church is the addition of a new sign. The tall, white sign features the church’s name and the words “Wayside Pulpit.” Hyde said the brand-new lighted bulletin board beneath the sign was installed so everyone who passes by on the highway will know “who we are.”

A large “welcome” greets those traveling north while southbound travelers on State Road 209 can read a message on the Wayside Pulpit side.

Hyde said he plans to change the sentence sermon weekly. “Maybe some day, they’ll (travelers) come in for a full sermon,” he said.

Hyde and his wife, Norma, are preparing to celebrate the church’s 75th anniversary.

According to church history, on Nov. 12, 1913, men harnessed their tractors and pulled the church building to its current location. In its 75 years of existence, the church has had 35 pastors.

Hyde said the congregation plans to gather this Sunday to enjoy many activities. The day will begin at 9 a.m. with coffee and donuts and fellowship. The first service of the day at 10 a.m will have an emphasis on “Milestone and Memories.” At 11 a.m., Hyde will deliver a special message, and music will be provided by guests and members.

A Harvest Home potluck dinner followed by an afternoon service will conclude the celebration.

“The public is invited to what old-timers used to call ‘preachin’ all day and dinner on the grounds,’” Hyde said.