Our Staff


Our Staff

J.R. Ruiz - Lead Pastor

Pastor J.R. is the founder and Lead Pastor of Family Church. His pastoral journey began in 1996 when he followed God’s call to leave a lucrative position as Director of Circulation for the Midland Reporter Telegram (Midland, Texas) and join the staff of Trinity Church in Lubbock, Texas. Pastor J.R. served at Trinity Church as Facilitating Pastor over Evangelism, Assimilation, Communication, and Altar Ministry. In 1997, he then joined the staff of Mid-Cities Community Church in Midland, Texas as Associate Pastor.


Matt McDonald - Assoicate Pastor

Growing up in Southern NM and ABQ, Matt was raised in and out of the church. His life was radically transformed by Jesus in January 2009. Soon after that, he felt the Lord was calling him into ministry. He saw the next generation growing further and further away from God, and felt the need to make a difference.  Matt is married and has 2 beautiful daughters and 1 amazing son.





Sylvia Ruiz - Women’s Ministry Director

Married to Lead Pastor J.R. Ruiz since January 22, 1977, and mother to three grown children who serve alongside them in ministry, Sylvia Ruiz possesses a fierce and tenacious faith that comes from her firm belief in who God is and who she is in Him. Sylvia has a true heart and love for women, and leads the Women’s Ministry at Family Church. She is also the leader of the FC Women’s Council.

Shaunna Smith - Personal Assistant to Pastor J.R and Sylvia Ruiz, Church Administrator

Shaunna and her husband, Travis, got married in 2006, moved to Albuquerque in 2007 and started attending Family Church in 2011 after being invited by friends. It was at this time they both gave their lives to Christ and became on fire for serving The Lord and his people. They welcomed daughter, Olivia in 2013, the same year Shaunna joined the staff. .