Pastor & Staff

Allen Dunlap

Lead Pastor

Pastor Allen joined Naz Family Church in February of 2024. He has served in various ministry roles, including young adult pastor, youth pastor, and a Christian youth sports director since 2018, serving in Oklahoma City, Salisbury (MD), and now back in West Texas. Both he and his wife grew up in Amarillo, Texas, and eventually got married on December 16, 2018. They have one adorable baby daughter, Amelia, and one crazy black lab, Crosby.

Ever since his youth and when He sensed the Lord call him into ministry, Allen has had a passion for church ministry and its alignment with the gospel. He recognizes that we, the global church, have not always “gotten it right” regarding who we are supposed to be, and his desire is to lead in a way that guides the local church to truly being Christ’s hands and feet. Another passion of his is stewarding gifts and resources well, and he looks forward to continue working with Naz Family to help enable the church in ways that God has already gifted us.

Pastor Allen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Pastoral Ministry (Southern Nazarene University, 2018) and a Master of Divinity degree (Nazarene Theological Seminary, 2022).

Gloria Jimenez

Children's Director

Gloria Jimenez became the Children’s Director at Nazfamily Church in August of 2018. She and her husband Scott have been church members for the past ten years. They have five children, all grown, and six grand children. Gloria has been working in the church’s children’s ministry as a volunteer.

Gloria has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from West Texas A & M University. Before accepting the position as Children’s Director, Gloria taught for Big Spring ISD for ten years. She is currently working part-time at Nazarene Christian Academy.

Gloria’s objective is is to develop compassionate kids by teaching them empathy. She wants them to know that God loves us immensely, so we can love others immensely.

Carlos & Jessica Lopez

Youth Leaders

Carlos Lopez and his wife Jessica have been the youth leaders for Naz Family Church since August of 2017. Together they have 3 children: Adonis, Jeslyn and Jonas. Jessica also serves as the chaplain and the Pre-4 Teacher at our New Hope Christian School.

Carlos and Jessica are called and well-equipped by God to train, educate, prepare, and equip our youth through our youth ministry.

Krystal Martinez

Ministry Coordinator

Krystal has been delighted in serving as the Ministry Coordinator since June 2024.  Her and her husband Marcelo have two beautiful children, Jaythen and Amarys.
Krystal enjoys spending time with her family and watching her kids play sports.

She is a fierce leader, fervent prayer warrior, and believes in being the hands and feet of Christ!  With Christ at the center of their home, she believes there isn’t anything God can’t and won’t do.  He heals!  He forgives!  And He is recklessly in love with His children.  

Her motto is:  God will never bring you into something He had no intentions of bringing you out of stronger!  

Amber Weldon

New Hope Christian Academy Director

 Amber Weldon has been the director of New Hope Christian Academy since 2023.  She has served in leadership and teaching roles in churches and other organizations since the age of 16.  She has always had a drive to help where needed and to help others to learn new things.  Her motto is "learn something new everyday."

Amber grew up in Western Oklahoma where she met and married her husband Jeremy.  Her first two boys, Tharin and Myles, were born in Weatherford, OK. Her youngest was born in Birmingham, AL. She graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, OK in 2006 with a Bachelor of Art in English with a minor in Multidisciplinary Studies.  

Amber strives to be a positive force for change.  She wants to see people learn and grow and tries her best to help facilitate that in anyway she can.

Vicki Parnell

New Hope Christian School (Daycare) Director

 Jerry and Vicki Parnell have been attending First Church of the Nazarene for over 30 years.

Vicki graduated from Big Spring High School and attended Howard College.  She has worked in several childcare centers in Big Spring and became the Director of New Hope Christian School in 2004.  

Jerry and Vicki have three daughters, Heather, Keely and Morgan.  They also have 4 grandchildren, Joshua, Natalia, Kindyn and Jeremy.