GREETINGS TO RAYMONDVILLE AND WILLACY COUNTY in the name of the One Most High and Holy, our Lord Jesus Christ!
My wife and I first came to the RGV forty-one years ago to serve the people at the First United Pentecostal Church of Raymondville as pastor. Although we were very young and green the church received us with genuine love and great patience. Our lovely and talented daughter was born here and has always been proud to call the Valley home. Over the next thirteen plus years the church taught us well and we grew together as a church and as a family. We formed friendships in the community and within the congregation that have endured and deepened through the years. Leaving the church and community that we had learned to love was hard and painful.
Over the next twenty-five years our ministry took us through various locales and opportunities. We served as missionaries in Colombia, South America for ten years and we were instructors at Texas Bible College for five years. We pastored churches in Midland, Texas (my original hometown and church), in Athens, Texas and in Canton, Texas. It has been an interesting, challenging and joyous journey.
Now God has called us full circle and has allowed us the honor and privilege to once again serve here in Raymondville and Willacy County. We are happy and excited to be here in the Valley once again and look forward to the great things that God has in store for all of us here.
We have a new name! GATEWAY UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH. Our name is new but we are the same loving, caring church that has served this community for eighty years!
My family and I look forward to serving you here, renewing old friendships and making new ones. Come and see us soon! We will meet you at the Gateway and we will leave the light on for you (apologies to Tom Bodett and Motel Six).