Our Story

Pastor Dean was born in Charleston, West Virginia. Life started again for him on August 26, 1978 when he married Kathy Edwards in Hobbs, New Mexico. They had no idea of the life God had in store for not just the two of them, but their children and chooselife CHURCH.

Pastor Dean is passionate about people understanding the true character of God and works tirelessly to ensure that people hear the uncompromised truths of the Word of God in a simple and entertaining way so that they are able to apply the Word to their lives and see results quickly.

Pastor Dean inspires the church by leading them in servitude. His love for the Word is contagious and he is an example of love, grace, and acceptance. He has taught the church what it takes to share the love of Jesus to the lost...hard work, discipline and responsibility. His desire is that people from all walks of life understand the love and character of God and that people stay the course so they can have the abundant life that Jesus paid for them to experience. (John 10:10)

Pastor Dean currently ministers three services on Sunday and one service Wednesday night. He founded DEEP Bible Training Center and he has written and published the following books: Christianity and Politics, God Didn't Do It, Jesus Definition of God and the 31 Day Word Diet. He produced the Healing CD and has received many testimonies of people receiving their healing after listening to its faith-building message. New books which include the Street Version: Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) and the Street Version: Proverbs present the Word in an easy to understand format for new or seasoned believers. 


Pastor Kathy was born in El Paso, Texas and graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso in 1973 with a BBA in Accounting and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1979. She married Dean Shropshire in Hobbs, New Mexico in 1978 and has two beautiful daughters Charity and Faith, and a son-in-law Greg Kalstrup. In addition to being co-senior Pastor, she directs all office and accounting activities at chooselife CHURCH. 

Pastor Kathy is passionate about the Word of God, her family, her church family and her kids in Kidz City! She has spent many hours studying the Word of God and is committed to helping develop the next generation with core morals, manners, and values necessary to be everything God has called them to be in addition to helping them understand the true character of the Father God.

 An anointed teacher of the Word, she ministers weekly during our Kidz services. She also hosts Women of Wisdom events (since 1998) including Christmas with Glitz. She has taken the ladies of chooselife on trips to women's conferences and has hosted her own women's conference, along with her daughters, in Houston and New York for life-changing meetings. She produced a "Book of Wisdom" full of life-building confessions and scripture-based handouts she compiled from her 28 years of ministry.

 Pastor Kathy's love for the Word of God inspires people to no longer settle but challenges them to rise up and receive the promises of God by faith. Pastor Kathy's knowledge of the Word has taken the church to a new level in revelation and insight. She is a founder of the accredited DEEP Bible Training Center where she authored much of the curriculum.

 She wants people to know that the Word of God brings healing to all flesh, that God provided healing through Jesus 2000 years ago and that God desires His people to walk in divine health. She has taught healing school and prays for the sick every Sunday.