GBC STAFF

 
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Eddie Aranda

Senior Pastor

Eddie Aranda, born and raised in Laredo, TX. Graduated with a degree in marketing from UTSA. He is involved in basketball training, spinning instructor at two local gyms. Married to his wife CJ Aranda and has two sons, Aaron and Ethan. They all enjoy sports as a family. He became a believer in April 2008 and has been attending Grace since then. Eddie joined the Grace staff team as a Membership and Volunteer Coordinator in February 2010 and in June 2018 became the Senior Pastor. Eddie is also a die hard STEELERS FAN and enjoys watching every single game!

 
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Timothy Rowley

Executive Pastor

Tim was born in Dallas, the same day the Cowboys won their 2nd Super Bowl! He grew up in Laredo and has been a part of Grace Bible since the church’s beginning. He has degrees in Business Administration and Youth Ministry from John Brown University, and a Master’s degree in Christian Leadership from Dallas Theological Seminary. Before joining the Grace staff in 2004, he worked as a stock broker in Denver for a few years and with UISD as a teacher and coach. Tim’s hobbies are anything sports related, grilling, gardening, and spending time with his wife Cristina, and their newborn son Judah. 

 
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Adrian Castillo

Associate Pastor

Adrian was born and raised in beautiful east Texas. He graduated from Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, TX after high school. During that time, he met and fell in love with his future wife, Daisy- from Laredo. While in Dallas, he was a drummer for a well-known Latin worship ministry, which afforded him the opportunity to travel to many Latin nations. He moved to Laredo and was married in 2006. Adrian worked as a youth pastor as well as technical director for eight years. He joined the GBC staff in 2014 as Associate Pastor. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf, grilling out and the Dallas Cowboys. His favorite roles are being a husband to his wife Daisy and father to their three young children.

 

Joey Oritz

 
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Anna Paulson

Preschool Coordinator

Anna Paulson was born and spent most of her childhood in Holland, Michigan before moving to Jalisco, Mexico to do mission work with her family. After two years in Mexico, her family decided to open a bookstore ministry in Laredo, Texas! Anna met Jacob Paulson when she first moved to Laredo and decided to marry him six years later at the young age of twenty! She has a degree in Early Childhood - 6th Grade Education with an emphasis in Special Education from Texas A&M International University. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, reading, and playing ultimate frisbee with her husband and friends. Her favorite place to vacation is her hometown in Michigan, but her favorite place to live is Laredo. After years of being involved with Grace Bible Church through their early childhood, elementary, middle school, and high school ministries, she could not have been more excited to accept the position of Preschool Ministry Coordinator in June 2019!

 
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Bernice Betancourt

Elementary Director

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Miami, FL. She is married to Francisco Betancourt and mother to Yreno and Bianca. She has been attending Grace Bible Church since 2007. She has participated in several small groups & assisted as a co-leader as well. Her heart has always been serving or volunteering with Children's Ministry. She first served as a Teacher Developer & in August 2018, joined the GBC Staff as the Grace Kids Director. Her desire is to help our future generation grow into a loving relationship with Jesus Christ.

 
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Isai Gutierrez

Worship Leader

Isai Gutierrez was born and raised in Laredo, TX. He grew up in a Christian household and attended a family-church-plant named “Agape Comunidad Cristiana.” He learned of his calling to Worship Ministry his senior year. During that year a couple of his friends and him decided to begin a movement called “Uth4Christ”. In the summer 2014, Isai became the Worship Leader and oversees Grace’s Worship Ministry.

 
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Hilda Gomez

Assimilation and Small Groups Coordinator

Hilda Gomez, born in Houston and raised in Laredo, TX. She is married to Jorge Gomez and is the mother of three: Stephanie, Jorge and Omar. She began attending Grace in Summer of 2011 and became a believer soon after. She loved the welcoming environment given at Grace and volunteered in First Impressions Ministry. In 2014, Hilda was given the opportunity to join the Grace Staff team as an Assimilation and Small Group Administrator. She feels blessed to be part of such an amazing church that transmits God's love and acceptance.

 
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Beatriz Solis

Administrative Assistant

Bea came to know the Lord 27 years ago when she began dating her future husband. Beatriz is married to Luis Solis and mother of 3, Stephanie, Zamia, and Luis. Bea began attending Grace Bible Church in 1994, when her family moved to Laredo, Texas. Since 2000, Bea has been working at Grace Bible Church as the Administrative Assistant. She also volunteers in the nursery at the church. What she really likes about Grace is the welcoming environment and the people who attend. She loves her work and the people she works with. She loves cooking and gardening and enjoys watching the Food Network and Home and Garden Television.

 
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Velia Reyes

Family Ministry Assistant

Velia Reyes

 
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Kimberly Rodriguez

Communications Specialist

Kimberly was born and raised in Laredo, Tx. She graduated from Texas A&M International University with a Bachelors in Communications. Kimberly began attending Grace in January of 2016 and joined the Grace Staff team in February of 2017.