Our team

  • Josh ValdezLead Pastor

    Josh Valdez was born in Shiprock, New Mexico. He spent his elementary years in Bloomfield before moving to Farmington. He is of Hispanic and Navajo descent. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Bible and a Master of Divinity from Bob Jones University. Josh’s desire is for the furthering of God’s kingdom through the equipping of God’s people. He is passionate about expository preaching, theological instruction and personal discipleship. He writes and contributes curriculum for the Institute of Biblical Leadership. He co-hosts a podcast, “Small Church, Big Impact” where he seeks to equip and encourage small churches.  Josh writes regularly about life, theology and ministry on his blog which can be read here.

    Josh is married to Val, who sings on the church’s worship team and serves as an HGC Kids teacher. When not ministering at HGC, you’ll find Josh and Val brewing pour over coffee, reading, and taking their Border Collie Java for walks.

  • Ethan QuimbyPastoral Candidate

    Ethan Quimby was born in Gallup, NM, and lived in Fort Defiance, AZ, Anaheim, CA, Rockledge, FL, and a number of other places before moving to Farmington, NM in 2005, where he has lived since.

    He received his ministry training at Grace Hill Church, in Farmington, NM, after which the plan was to plant a church. However, with church planting delayed through a series of events, he decided that sustainable ministry would be found at Higher Ground by teaming up with Josh Valdez.

    Ethan has a deep desire to see the lost in our area transformed through the power of the Gospel, and to see all Christians trained to follow Jesus. He longs to see all people become worshipers of Jesus, to see our broken world renewed by the hand of God.

    Ethan is married to Gabby, who sings and plays violin on the HGC Worship Team.