Pastor Robert and his wife April love spending time together with their four awesome kids, especially with their weekly family night tradition. Robert and April come from multiple generations of ministers and were raised in Texas and Tennessee before their parents took ministry positions in Northern California. Eventually, they both met each other at Bethany University in Santa Cruz and fell in love while serving as singing partners in a college music group. Robert began full-time ministry at age 19, and after 35 years of ministry they have served as missionaries to Spain, church planters in Texas and executive pastors in several large churches in California. They have a variety of gifts including speaking at couples retreats, teaching at leadership conferences and tremendous experience with worship, small groups, administration, technology and media.
Pastor April is a loving wife and a mother of four who devotes her time to making the world around her a better place. For over twenty years, she taught in the classroom and has taught music. Currently she is the Music Pastor and directs the Women’s Department. She says that having her husband as her boss has been quite a treat, and they’re both thoroughly enjoying this season of life. April has writing stints and has been published in various venues over the last 15 years. She loves to write on themes such as family, marriage, parenting, faith, literacy, education, healthy living, mentoring and music. Pastor April loves to spend time with her family and hang out with friends. Experiences and memories are more important to her than things. She has a deep passion for healthy relationships and seeks to ignite that passion into others through mentoring. A smile comes easily to her, along with an optimistic outlook. Her hobbies include writing, reading, music, getting away, frozen desserts, garden veggies, healthy recipes, strengthening her faith, eating out, hanging out with friends and date nights with her husband.
Miranda (Catie) Alvarado
Pastor Catie is a Licensed Assembly of God Minister. She is currently serving as the Connections Pastor, bringing oversight to all things media/sound tech, online communications, and social media platforms. From 2018-2022 she served as the Youth Pastor, and prior to that, she was the College & Career Pastor for 4 years. She has been a part of missions trips to Belize, as well as New Orleans where she served those effected by hurricane Harvey as she helped raise relief funds. She is characterized by her big heart and willingness to serve those in the church and community. She enjoys spending time with her fianće, family and friends. Her hobbies include reading, singing, playing the piano, going to the movies, and exploring new coffee shops.
Pastor Andre is our Youth and Children's Ministry Director. He is a Certified Assembly of God Minister. He is passionate about reaching and discipling children and teens to live out the calling that God has placed in each of their lives. Pastor Andre is a powerful preacher, a great teacher, and a talented musician, playing both drums and bass. He has a passion for evangelism, enjoys street preaching, and he leads a neighborhood Bible study where he is able to share the Gospel and his testimony of how his life has been transformed. Pastor Andre and his wife Liza have 3 children - Hayden, Harley, and Helaina.
Itcel graduated from the University of the Texas Rio Grande Valley, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Finance and was an active member of the Association of Latino Professionals for America. Soon after beginning her financial career in 2015 with Merrill Lynch in McAllen, Texas. Itcel obtained the Series 7 General Securities & Series 66 Uniform Securities Law registrations as well as the appropriate Insurance & Annuities licenses. Itcel joined Wells Fargo Advisors in October 2016 through 2021 and then transitioned to McAllen First Assembly of God as a Business Administrator. She has set a foundation of building trust and long-lasting relationships between people and the firms she has worked with throughout her career. She has accomplished this by setting high standards and expectations to meet each goal set, while upholding the integrity and values. Itcel spends her free time with her husband, Ricardo and their daughters Regina and Sophia Loren. They enjoy spending time together and taking their daughters out to visit and explore new places.