Senior Pastor George & Yolanda De La Garza
Pastor George De La Garza is a native of Santa Rosa, Texas. He has lived there all his life where he currently resides with his wife Yolanda. In 1969, he gave his heart to the Lord and like Samuel, he felt the first calling into ministry. A visionary at a young age he was able to discern that his calling was to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. And for the second time in his life, at age 13 after being baptized, he felt the burning heart to minister.
Although it wouldn’t be until 1979 when the call came once again that he was able to embrace the opportunity as an Associate Pastor in the church that he was raised in. As God began to anoint him and mold him in the ministry, he began to grow as did the church. Knowing that this was only the beginning of what God had purposed in his heart, he began to pray for a helpmate. Having found favor with the Lord, he married Yolanda Rojas in December of 1981. Together they continued their work in the ministry, assisting their pastor in areas where ever they were needed.
The Lord had impressed upon him to pioneer an outreach for teenagers in 1983. He embarked on this endeavor through a street ministry in the town of Santa Rosa. Standing on the street corner across from the community’s public high school, he handed out tracts to teenagers leaving the school grounds. As interest began to peak, some teenagers desired to meet for services, and thus a home ministry was born. As these teens invited others, a ripple effect manifested. A multitude of lives were impacted and many simply gave their hearts to the Lord. From this group came a young man, Pablo Cantu who would later become an associate pastor under him.
Several years later, his ministry began to expand to the Rio Grande Valley and beyond, touching lives and leaving an imprint of what was to come. From the borders of Mexico to its remote jungle areas, he continued evangelizing. In 1987, he humbly accepted his first pastoral position at Aposento Alto, a border town church in Brownsville, Texas, where Pastor Tomas Rojas, his father-in-law, along side his wife Mrs. Enedina Rojas headed the church.
A year later, Pastor George De La Garza and his wife were invited to visit Faith Assembly in Combes, Texas. They were immediately drawn by the fellowship and felt at home. They became active members, impressed by the dedication of such wonderful people that attended the church, and began to call this church their home.
However, God had a different timeline in place and in August of 1989 Pastor George De La Garza was called to shepherd First Assembly of God in Raymondville, Texas during an extraordinary time when the church was in transition. With a growing concern for the success of this church, Pastor George De La Garza sought the Lord, who had instructed him to “get the church in order”. He faithfully labored this mission until another couple became the pastoral leadership of the church.
In 1993 Pastor George De La Garza and his wife Mrs. Yolanda began ministering to the small congregation at Faith Assembly of God in Combes, Texas. The Lord continued to favor Pastor George De La Garza and revealed the vision of a new temple. On June 2003, construction began for the new church although they faced difficult times and oppositions during the building phase, through prayer they saw the Lord give them victories for His TESTIglory. The church was dedicated and consecrated for the work of the Lord in March of 2005. Faith Assembly of God is the fulfillment of the vision and dreams of many saints of God.
Today, more than a decade later, Pastor George De La Garza has persevered and is reaping the harvest God promised him. He fervently continues his unwavering labor of love as pastoral leader of Faith Assembly of God in Combes, Texas along side his wife. Through this incredible journey to minister with the Lord’s favor, Pastor George De La Garza’s faith, spiritual conviction and unyielding integrity has and remains unshakable. He never lost his gregarious essence, and remains a man of great warmth and greater mirth. He stands undefeated by the words of discouragement and remains steadfast on the Lord’s plan. He has seen his “Wall’s Of Jericho” come tumbling down and God’s plans come to fruition. Under his leadership and dynamic charisma the church has prospered to lead numerous ministries, support various missions both locally and abroad, and exponentially increased membership. His vision for the church has encompassed all facets of Faith Assembly of God and its work. Despite all his accomplishments, he remains a man of action who prefers to get his hands dirty, build what needs to be built and personally go to a person in need.
Pastor George De La Garza’s insatiable devotion for the Lord has also led him to give guidance to other emerging pastors within the area and be a minister to ministers. He has established himself as a great communicator of the word of God and continues to teach hundreds the gospel of Jesus Christ and lead hundreds more to the Lord with his contagious spirit. Pastor George De La Garza is a fervent believer in the power of prayer and fasting. His diligent, expository teaching does not dilute or compromise the infallible truths of God’s Word. His vision is uncompromisingly clear, to build and develop the kingdom of God one life at a time.
“May the Lord be praised for the work that He has entrusted upon me.”
Pastor George De La Garza