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Leadership

Jaime & Rose Mary Loya

Senior Pastors

Jaime pastors Cross Church, a church in the heart of San Benito that has a passion to serve the city and make an impact in the community. Called to preach the gospel at an early age, Pastor Loya teaches people how to apply God’s truth in every area of their life and encourages them to influence the world around them.

Abram & Rebecca Gomez

Senior Executive Pastors

Abram Gomez is the Senior Executive Pastor at Cross Church. He graduated from Southwestern Assemblies of God University with Cum Laude Honors and with a Bachelor of Science Degree, majoring in Church Ministries. He also received his master’s degree in Human Services with a specialization in Executive Leadership from Liberty University. Abram has served in other various roles such as a Youth Pastor, Church Planter, Pastoral Preaching Team, and Administrator to name a few, and has helped to create church systems and structure to accommodate the growth. 

 

At this time, he and his wife, Rebecca Gomez, are the Campus Pastors for the McAllen Campus which we have seen hundreds of people being impacted by the impactful preaching and excellence in leadership. They reside in Harlingen along with their precious daughter Isabella and son Jude.

Eric Garza

Executive Pastor

Eric serves on the executive team of Cross Church overseeing operations and staff. He is active in his community and serves as a school board member for the Jubilee Academies Rio Grande Valley School District and serves on the Board of Directors of church’s Cross Community Development Corporation.

As a businessman, Eric is a consultant with Garza & Polin Strategies, LLC. and works as general manager of Gemstar Homes and Construction.

 

He holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington, a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Texas A&M University, and a Graduate Certificate in Biblical Studies from Liberty University. 

Mary Jo Martinez

Pastoral Care Pastor

Rev. Mary Josephine Martinez is the Pastor over Pastoral Care services which consists of the hospice/home visitation, prayer, and various assimilation classes.

 

She graduated from Valley International Christian College in 2005 and received her ministerial license/ordination through Cross Church.

 

Her husband’s name is Moises Martinez and they have five wonderful children and two grandchildren. 

Chris & Lizette Martinez

Raymondville - Campus Pastors

Chris and Lizette Martinez serve as the Campus Pastors at the Raymondville Campus.

 

Chris attended and graduated from the Harlingen District School of Ministry, began in ministry as a Youth Pastor in 2010 and was named the 2011 Youth Pastor of the Year by  the Assembly of God, South Texas District.

 

Chris and Lizette have three beautiful children, Abcde, Christopher, and Micah.

Juan & Veronica Barraza

Brownsville - Campus Pastors

Juan and Veronica serve as the Campus Pastors at

Cross Church Brownsville.

Robert & Maria Kimberling

Bay Area - Campus Pastors

Robert and Maria Kimberling joined our pastoral team in 2020 as the Campus Pastors of our Bay Area Campus. Upon their graduation from Latin America Bible Institute, the Kimberlings began their incredible journey of ministry that has spanned 50 years. They have planted churches expanding the reach of their ministry both in the United States and outside of its borders. 

 

Robert holds a Bachelor's Degree in Religious Education and his Masters Degree in Counseling. Having served as pastors, evangelists and missionaries, they are delighted to serve on the team at Cross Church.

 

Robert and Maria have been married for 53 years and reside in Laguna Vista, Texas.

Ruben & Vanessa Ramirez

Pastors of Administration & Human Resources

Ruben and Vanessa are pastors at Cross Church in San Benito, Texas. Ruben attended Bible School at Latin American Bible Institute and later earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Pastoral Theology, a master’s degree in Christian Counseling and a Doctoral Degree in Theology from Life Christian University. Ruben is currently earning a master’s in Business Administration.

 

He has 25+ years in ministry with experience in the business world working for companies such as HEB, Best Buy and one of the country’s leading software companies in time and attendance, TimeClock Plus.

 

Vanessa has extensive knowledge in Healthcare Administration earning several certifications in various areas in the healthcare field. She attended Bible School at Latin American Bible Institute. Ruben and Vanessa have 4 daughters and are known as “Lolli and Pops” to six grandchildren. 

J. Alan & Maria Mendoza

Next Gen Pastors

J. Alan and his wife Maria are the Next Gen Pastors at Cross Church and are both natives of Colorado. J. Alan graduated with a degree in Theological Studies and Church Ministries at Christ Missions College in 2013, soon after embarking on his five-year journey serving as a full-time youth pastor in San Antonio, Texas.

 

His ongoing passion for Jesus and his ability to communicate the Gospel in a creative and powerful way has allowed him the opportunity to speak in the lives of thousands of youth and young adults around the nation.

 

Maria graduated from Southwestern Assemblies of God University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical and Theological studies and a minor in Intercultural Studies and serves along side of her husband. 

Mario & Edith Cruz

McAllen - Associate Campus Pastors

Mario and Edith Cruz are the associate campus pastors at the McAllen Campus.

 

Mario has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration Management and a certificate in Human Resources, both from the University of Texas Pan American. Edith has a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from the University of Texas Pan American, and a certificate in Theology from LUT University.

 

They are continuing to further their education as they both pursue a master’s degree in Divinity from Liberty University. They are owners of multiple businesses located in the Rio Grande Valley. Edith is also a music educator for Edinburg CISD.

Leonardo & Roma Gutierrez

Associate Pastors

Leonardo & Roma Gutierrez serve as Associate Pastors at Cross Church.

 

They help oversee the Spanish worship experience each weekend. They have served in pastoral care ministry for over 20 years and in June of 2016 joined the Cross Church family. They have 4 children and 2 grandchildren.

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