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Leadership

Jaime & Rose Mary Loya

Senior Pastors and Founders

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.

Michael & Keila Madrigal

Executive Pastors of Operations

Michael and Keila serve as the Executive Pastors of Operations at Cross Church.

Juan & Rosie de la Garza

Apostles

Juan and Rosie serve as Apostles at 

Cross Church.

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.

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. 

Eric Garza

Associate Pastor

Eric serves as associate pastor of Cross Church providing pastoral and operational support to senior leadership, providing coaching and training to teams, and manages the organization’s external affairs. He works with our pastoral team, staff and volunteers, and key stakeholders to advance the mission of the church, serve our campuses, and growing our organization.

Eric is a certified John Maxwell Coach and Speaker. He serves as a school board member for Jubilee Academies. As a businessman, he works as general manager of Gemstar Homes & Construction, LLC.

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.

Mario & Edith Cruz

McAllen - Associate Campus Pastors

Mario and Edith Cruz are the Associate Campus Pastors at the Cross Church McAllen.

 

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.

Ramiro & Becky Lerma

Brownsville - Associate Campus Pastors

Ramiro and Becky Lerma serve as the Associate Campus Pastors at Cross Church Brownsville.

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.

Noe & Jessica Hernandez

Raymondville - Youth Pastors

Noe and Jessica serve as the Youth Pastors at

Cross Church Raymondville.

Tad & Lizette Ruiz 

Central Worship Pastors

Tad and Lizette serve as the Central Worship Pastors at

Cross Church.

José Luis & Mari Vásquez 

McAllen - Spanish Pastors

José Luis and Mari serve as the Spanish Pastors at

Cross Church McAllen.

Cross Church, 901 W. Expressway 83, San Benito, TX. 78586   |   (956) 399-5590

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