Our Elders

Marty Johnson

Marty Johnson has been an elder at Hidden Valley for the past twenty-three years. A salesman by profession, Marty has served in the Navy and Navy reserves, completed a tour of duty in Kuwait, and recently retired from the Navy. He and his wife Paula have been members of Hidden Valley since 1985. They have three children, Garrett and his wife Kristyl, Bryant, Melissa and her husband James, and four grandchildren. Marty lists his favorite scripture as Psalm 19:14 ‘Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.’ His goal is, as Paul wrote the the Christians in Ephesus, ‘endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace’ [Ephesians 4:3] 

Bill Messer

 Bill Messer and his wife Diane have been members at Hidden Valley for more than twenty-five years, and have three children, Lisa Hill, Becky Davis, and Todd Messer, and eight grandchildren. Bill has been an elder since June, 2004. He is an insurance agent with State Farm Insurance, and also enjoys fishing and traveling, having visited many locales worldwide. Bill lists his goal as to ‘grow the Church for the glory of Jesus Christ’ and strives to ‘love God and keep his commandments continuously and trust God to keep his promises’ as in John 3:16. Of the eldership, Bill states ‘I want to serve the congregation to the best of my abilities, and I am honored to be given an opportunity to serve my fellow Christians.’ 

Forrest Suehs

 Forrest Suehs  and his family have been members of Hidden Valley Church of Christ since 1987. He served the congregation as a Deacon for 12 years and as an Elder for 20 years. He is blessed with a wonderful God fearing family, wife of 42 years Susan; three grown children & their mates, Bradley & Kristen, Craig & Carla, Ashley & Micah; and five grandchildren Cameron, Corbin, Payton, Brycen, and Presley. Forrest is a graduate of Texas A&M class of 72 in Electrical Engineering. He is presently Mustang Engineering’s Global Electrical Engineering Manager. John 15: 12-14 states “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this that he lay down his life for friends. You are my friends if you do what I command”. Considering how great the love of Christ & our Father is for us, as Jesus reveals in John 17: 20–26 in his prayer that all believers be united with him & the Father with the same love that binds the Son & the Father, the highest form of love. For such great love for me, how can I not return the love? To love him is to follow his commandments which lead us to eternal life with Christ & the Father in heaven. 

Our ministers

Cruz Hernandez

 Pulpit Minister  (English & Spanish) 

Eliah Saenz

Youth minister

Our deacons

Alberto Gonzalez


Jeff Taylor


Joe Martinez


Juan Vasquez