STAFF & LEADERSHIP

First EFC is committed to seeing every member of the church involved in gospel ministry within the body and out in the community. While every member is "on staff" in that sense, we have recognized and called paid staff and lay leaders to lead us in God's direction, equip believers for ministry, and carry out necessary church administration.

  • brian hammonds

    LEAD Pastor

    Pastor Brian and his wife, Yvette, grew up together in Tucson, Arizona and each put their faith in Christ at a young age. Before settling in Las Cruces in 2015, they lived in Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Chicago, and Tucson. Brian graduated from what is now known as Arizona Christian University as well as Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. Brian and Yvette have a full house with 5 wonderful kids. They are passionate about reaching our community and the nations with the gospel! Brian also enjoys reading theology, sports, and occasionally plays something that he thinks resembles golf.

  • Dr. gary eiceman

    church chairman

    Gary and his wife, Mary, have been in Las Cruces since 1980 and active at First EFC since then. He has served on the deacon board periodically since 1992 and has been church Chairman for two cycles beginning in 2000 and 2010. Vocation: analytical chemist. Avocation: 5 string banjo. He also rides a motorcycle (thus the helmet).




  • mike gardenhire

    Pastoral Assistant

    Mike primarily serves in College Ministry and Christian Education. He grew up in an Air Force family, mostly in Colorado, but attended NMSU and was heavily involved with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Through InterVarsity, he met his wife, Laurel. After graduation, they moved to Colorado Springs where Mike worked as a hotel manager and then became a staff worker with InterVarsity. After 5 years, Mike and Laurel moved back to Las Cruces where he was the staff worker for InterVarsity at NMSU until 2004. They have 2 daughters, Julia and Alexis. Mike has a passion for helping people understand the gospel and finding their place in God’s story. 

  • Christopher Yee

    Director of Music and Administration

    Christopher has had a passion for the Lord since 2010 when he came to Christ at Eastern New Mexico University. Besides contemporary and traditional Christian Music, he enjoys classical music, vocal jazz, and a little of every other genre. He also likes long bike rides with others. He is currently the director of Music and Administration at First Evangelical Free Church. Before coming to Las Cruces, he was directing choirs and teaching in the Santa Fe Public Schools. Christopher and his wife, Naomi, are new parents to a beautiful little girl.