Reverend Dr. Richard A. Mansfield
Richard Mansfield was born in El Paso, Texas to Mexican-American parents. In 1974, he received a music scholarship to the University of Texas at El Paso, where Richard obtained his degree in Business Administration. He married his high school sweetheart, Cindy, on October 27, 1978. They moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, where they both accepted the Lord.
Richard studied religon at Howard Payne University, Abilene Christian University, Mid-America Christian University and Vision International Seminary. He has a Master’s in Pastoral Leadership from Vision University and an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from the American Christian Theological Seminary and Mid-America Christian University. He was the Associate Pastor of Iglesia de Dios (Spanish Church of God) in Corpus Christi for two years under Dr. Gilbert Davila.
Currently, Richard is the Senior Pastor of the New Beginnings Church of God in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he has served from July 1982 to Dec 1995 and from July 1999 to the present. He served as the Director of Campus Ministries/Campus Pastor for Mid-America Christian University in Oklahoma City and as the Director of the Southwest Ministry Center in Houston, Texas from 1996-99.
He is the Chairman of New Mexico Prays, a ministry of congregations from throughout New Mexico that pray 24/7/365 for the state of New Mexico. He co-founded God’s Warehouse Homeless Ministry in Albuquerque. He serves as Treasurer and co-founder for Gospel Music Festival of Albuquerque. He co-founded Micah Fellowship in Albuquerque, which ministers to judges, lawyers and those serving in the judicial system. He served as the chairman for the Impact World Tour in Albuquerque, as chairman of the National Day of Prayer event in Albuquerque 1988-2008, as a volunteer Police Chaplain for the Albuquerque Police Department for the past 25 years and received a commendation for saving someone’s life as well as being named Chaplain of the Year in 2001 and 2010.
He presently serves on the New Mexico Family Council Pastoral Advisory Committee and served on Albuquerque Mayor’s Advisory Committee to Mayor Martin Chavez and currently serves Mayor Tim Keller. He served on the N.M. Governor’s Gang Task Force under Governor Toney Anaya, as President of the Spanish Ministerial Assembly in Albuquerque from 1983 to 1996, on the National Board of Christian Education of the Church of God from 1984-1994 and as National President for the Hispanic Concilio of the Church of God in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico for ten years. He serves as Chair for the New Mexico/West Texas Ministerial Assembly and the Credentials Committee. Richard preached at the International Convention in 1991, 1998 and 2002. He received his N.M.A.D.A.C.A. (New Mexico Alcohol Drug Addiction Counseling Association) certification in 1987 and established the “Living Free” Christian 12 Step Recovery Program in Albuquerque. He works with the N.M. District and Metropolitan Courts of Bernalillo County and other agencies to help inmates and their families in their transitional journey.
Richard hosted a 1½ hour live television program for KNAT, TV 23, Trinity Broadcasting Network and his 30-minute “New Beginnings” television program is on four television stations serving New Mexico, Texas, Arizona and Colorado. He is a frequent guest on KCHF, Channel 11 in Santa Fe, New Mexico and KAZQ, Channel 32 in Albuquerque. He also hosted a one-hour Spanish TV program from 1990-1996 for All-American Network called “Gloria a Dios”. Richard hosted a 2 1/2 hour Spanish Radio Program called “Esperanza Viva”, which means “Living Hope”, from 1983 to 1996, on the Family Life Radio Network, syndicated to New Mexico, Arizona, and Southern Colorado and in Mexico. Richard has also appeared on The 700 Club, AlmaVision, JCTV, Behind the Scenes (TBN) and on a Bill Gaither Video. He has taught regional seminars for the HNRB (Hispanic National Religious Broadcasters). In May 2002, he was invited to the first Hispanic Pastors Presidential Breakfast in Washington D.C. and was invited to pray in the White House as well as leading the Invocation for a Presidential Rally in NM.
He has been married to Cindy for 42 years and they have two children: Ricky, age 38, and Ashlie, age 34; grandsons Isaiah, age 15, Daniel, age 14, and Tony, age 3; and granddaughter Gabrianna, age 4.
Reverend Cynthia D. Mansfield
Reverend Cynthia D. Mansfield is an ordained minister of the Church of God, (affiliated with Anderson, Indiana), where she’s served as a Home Missionary with her husband, Richard at Southside Church of God in Albuquerque, NM and New Beginnings Church for a total of 38 years. Cynthia studied Secondary Education at the University of Texas at El Paso, was the recipient of a music scholarship where she was in the UTEP marching band drumline and was also a member of Tau Beta Sigma sorority. She pursued additional studies at the Abilene Christian University and the University of New Mexico.
After teaching high school Spanish at Evangel Temple Academy in Albuquerque, NM, she was inspired to move to a whole new career in mass communication where she got her start at Family Life Radio, KFLQ 91.5FM as their Spanish announcer and producer of a syndicated program called, “La Hora Vespertina”. She was approached by KNAT-TV and went from a career in radio to a 30-year career in television with TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) at KNAT-TV23. Cynthia began her journey as Public Affairs Director where she produced and hosted, “Albuquerque Today”. In their employment, she was promoted to General Manager, as well as TBN’s Southwest Regional Manager. Upon her departure, she was awarded by the New Mexico Broadcasters Association.
Cynthia is currently employed by New Beginnings Church as the Executive Pastor, where she is able to apply her skills and resources in leadership, management, and administration and is enthusiastically looking forward to the future serving God at her home church. She that she has been called to, “fan the flame”. II Tim 1:6, “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of hands.” She has a passion to see women step up and fulfill the call that God has placed on their lives and works diligently in helping to equip and educate women at her church and beyond who are called to the ministry as she is currently the Director of Women’s Ministries at New Beginnings Church and is also the New Mexico/West Texas State Association secretary for the Credentials Committee.
Cynthia has had the privilege to serve in numerous roles within the Church of God locally and nationally. Cynthia served the national and local boards for both the WCG/Christian Women Connection. She served as the Director of Spiritual Life and liaison to the Concilio (Spanish American Council of the Church of God). Additionally, Cynthia served the greater church as the liaison to the Concilio Hispano (Spanish Council of the Church of God) for Mujeres de la Iglesia de Dios (Women of the Church of God). She was the Chair of the Christian Women Connection Concilio Hispano Initiative: a joint venture with Hispanic and Spanish-speaking sisters within the U.S. and around the world. The Concilio Hispano Initiative Committee creates opportunities for partnership and affiliation with the Christian Women Connection. Her skills and experience in television production permitted her to become the production director and stage manager for several of the national women’s conventions with the CWC (Christian Women Connection). Cynthia is a nationally-known speaker throughout the Church of God and her community and has had the privilege of speaking at the School of Theology at the University of Anderson, Anderson University which opened more doors opportunity to speak for several of the women’s retreats locally and nationally.
Cynthia was born in El Paso, Texas and resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her husband Dr. Richard A. Mansfield, Senior Pastor of New Beginnings Church. They have two adult children and four grandchildren: daughter, Ashlie and her husband Robert, their sons, Isaiah (15), Daniel (14) and Tony (3) and son, Ricky and his daughter, Gabrianna (4).
Favorite Scripture: Galatians 6:9, “And let us not get tired in doing what is right, for after a while we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t get discouraged and give up.”
Just for fun: In addition to serving the Lord, she enjoys spending time with her family, the arts, watching classic movies, scented candles, fresh flowers, and eating popcorn.