Linda ben Donwerth
Fred Caton, a local farmer and rancher and Tucumcari High School graduate, was called by Tucumcari’s Trinity Baptist Church to be their pastor as of June 16.
His wife Rita is a school teacher. They have three children: Sam and wife Misty, Nicole and Stephen.
At the age of nine, Fred asked Jesus to be his Lord and Savior at what is now Forrest Community Church. He spent his junior high and high school years at Tucumcari First Baptist Church. Following a few years at Oklahoma Baptist University, Fred returned to the farm to assist his parents, Lewis and the late Mildred Caton.
Approximately 30 years ago, the music leader cancelled on a revival at House Baptist and someone said, “Fred sings a little bit, let’s ask him to help!”
Scared, Fred gave it his best shot and this started something he had never dreamed possible. Fred began leading music for revivals in the surrounding area and for the Lay Witness Mission or Renewal Weekends led by the late Irad Arnold in New Mexico, Oklahoma and Kansas.
Fred served as music director at Tucumcari First Baptist during the mid 70s and returned in 1985 as the praise and worship leader through the mid 90s. During the late 70s and early 80s, Fred served as music director at Tucumcari Trinity Baptist.
In 1983, Trinity Baptist licensed Fred to preach. Since that time, Fred has filled-in preaching at the surrounding area churches and served as interim pastor at Forrest Community Church and at House First Baptist.
When asked why he wanted to be Trinity’s Pastor, Fred responded, “Because as a local farmer, I see the fields are right for the harvest. I want to help people learn, grow and have a deeper relationship with Jesus.”