Christ Fellowship is a Faith Community here in San Antonio, TX. We are a church with a young history, yet we believe we are still writing our story and the future is bright! We exist to connect with all people of all places and backgrounds. As the church, we believe that God is working in the hearts and lives of people in the name of Jesus Christ! We are a Christ-Centered, Spirit led, inviting and an evangelical church striving to proclaim the good news for the transformation of the world. There is a place for you here.
All are Welcome!
The Vision of Christ Fellowship is that we will be a church that will...
Gather to Connect people to a community committed to making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world through Worship, Community Events and Connect Events.
Equip to Serve by diving deeper into the word and by intentionally seeking Christ through Professions of Faith, Baptism, Small Groups and Outreach.
Empower to Grow by challenging the church to take ownership of their faith and to in turn serve others for the purpose of being Kingdom Builders through Invitation, Membership, Giving of our Gifts and Volunteering.
Christ-Centered, Invitation To Fellowship, Expected Spiritual Growth, Living On Purpose, Claiming Our Mission.
We are called to be a movement committed to the call that has been placed on all of our lives. As a united body of Christ we will seek to Gather, Equip and Empower all people both inside and outside of our walls for the making of new disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
WE BELIEVE IN
THE PRIMACY OF GRACE
Grace, simply defined, is God’s gift-giving nature – the powerful, undeserved, loving activity of God in human existence.
THE CENTRALITY OF JESUS
God’s initiative of love is uniquely and ultimately expressed in Jesus Christ. Jesus is literally “grace personified”.
THE NECESSITY OF CONVERSION
If Jesus is God’s ultimate gift of grace, then conversion is consciously saying “yes” to the Gift and “thanks” to the Giver.
THE GOAL OF MATURITY
The goal of the Christian life is to look to Jesus for guidance and look like Jesus in lifestyle; what methodists call holiness of heart and life.
THE PRIORITY OF MINISTRY
Ministry is meeting the needs of people with the power of Christ.
THE GUIDANCE OF SCRIPTURE
United Methodist Christians hold the Bible as God’s inspired and essential witness to God’s redeeming work toward God’s creation.
THE ROLE OF THE CHURCH
The Bible describes the church as “the body of Christ;” that is, the visible and communal expression of Jesus in the world.
CONCERN FOR SOCIETY
Jesus is God’s indispensable gift not only to individuals but to all levels and expressions of human community. Marriages, families, neighborhoods, corporations, cities, states, governments and nations, and the whole earth need Jesus as much as any individual does.
THE IMPORTANCE OF MULTIPLICATION
The church of Jesus Christ is meant to be a movement and we believe that in order to be a movement we must multiply. We are committed to multiplying our impact through church planting and multiplication.
MEET OUR TEAM
PASTOR RUBEN SAENZ III
Pastor Ruben Saenz III was appointed as the Lead Pastor of CFUMC effective July 1st, 2019. Previous to CFUMC he served at Bulverde UMC as an Associate Pastor over their youth and young families. Originally from the Rio Grande Valley, he attended TLU and UTSA to play football. Shortly after his playing career he served in college ministry which eventually led him to BUMC as the Youth Director where he started Aftershock Youth Ministries and saw it grow from 4-400. In 2014 he was licensed as a Local Pastor by the Rio Texas Conference. In 2015 he planted a church in the Rio Grande Valley and at the close of that project he would return to BUMC. Pastor Ruben is passionate about preaching and helping build community with the people both in and outside of the church. He is now entering his 9th year of full-time ministry. He is married to his beautiful wife Christina who is an RN, and together they have three sons, Ruben IV, Malakai James, and Zechariah Luke.
WORSHIP AND COMMUNITY LIFE DIRECTOR
Elizette went to school for music education and graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Education from the University of Texas Pan American in 2009. Several years later, after moving to San Antonio, she went back to school and received a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy from the University of the Incarnate Word. She is currently a practicing Board Certified Music Therapist in San Antonio Texas. Elizette is a wife and originally from the Rio Grande Valley where she met her husband. She wholeheartedly believes in the power of music, and that God can use that power to move the human heart and spirit for His honor and glory.
CHILDREN'S AND OUTREACH DIRECTOR
Christina Martinez graduated from McMurry University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She became a member of Christ Fellowship in 2011 after being the first group of youth to be confirmed in CFUMC history. Originally from El Paso, Texas, Christina grew up in the United Methodist Church, but now she is proudly serving our Christ Fellowship Kids as their Children’s Director in San Antonio. Worship leader at Christ Fellowship since July 2018. Her love of music began as a child and has been a guiding force throughout her life. She was introduced to worship music and a deeper understanding of her faith and Jesus during her first year in college and has continued to learn and grow in both.
Kathryn Lewis earned a BA in Music Education from LSU in 2002. Upon graduation, she found her passion for teaching middle schoolers back home
in San Antonio at Barbara Bush MS in NEISD. She has experience in the choral classroom and currently teaches students in her private voice studio from Bush
& Lopez Middle School. Kathryn's husband, Neil, and their 3 children, Claire, Eden & Halif, have been attending Christ Fellowship since July 2019. She has served with the worship ministry and youth ministry officially joining as co-leader of the youth group in September 2020. She is very
blessed by this opportunity and continues to grow in her relationship with Jesus through bible study, serving, connecting with others and experiencing God move in
and through her to further His kingdom.
Rachel Guthrie Priestley is a North Carolina native and received her bachelor’s degree in Religion and Philosophy from Greensboro College, a United Methodist school. She did internships throughout college in various youth ministry positions including an enlightening summer at the Virginia Conference offices. Rachel did extensive post graduate work at both Duke University and Wesley Seminary but learned most about youth ministry working with an event planner and later volunteering for the Puppy Bowl. She served in both part and full time youth ministry roles for over 10 years before retiring to herd toddlers. Rachel is married to Scott and they have an adult daughter, Tiffany and 2 middle schoolers, Jack and Ellie. She loves to spend time with her sweet grand babies and friends of all ages, and she tells a mean dad joke.
Yvonne is newer to Texas; she has been in accounting and administration for over 25 years. She prides herself on family and her desire to help others. Yvonne moved to San Antonio with her three children four years ago. Texas helped her find her true passion; being a business owner that worked with and for her clients. Her hobbies are puzzles, cooking and spending as much time with her family as possible. Since moving to Texas Yvonne has been looking for a community that welcomed her, CFUMC has done just that.
FACILITIES & MAINTENANCE DIRECTOR
Jim went to Upsala University in West Orange and has been in a retail leadership role for over 30 years as a District Manager and Regional Mgr along with being in an Operations Management role before retiring this past year. He has spent several years in a training and development role, working with Dr Ken Blanchard, developing a training and development program for Auto Zone Inc. which was the favorite role of his career. Jim also was a Little League couch for a several years after graduation and loves working with young athletes. His passions are hanging out with his Grandchildren, Bible studies, Movie night with his wife Dina, and cooking genuine Italian food from his Mom and 2 sisters’ unique recipes.
Andres Flores, is a junior at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He started his internship here at CFUMC in August of 2019.
In the Summer of 2018, he was hired by University UMC for the Student Ministry Summer Internship Program, where he planned and promoted events, lead Sunday Morning Classes, preached on Wednesday nights, made relationships with students, and encouraged them to pursue their relationship with Jesus.
Andres believes that with earnest humility, prayer, open hearts and ears for the words of Jesus, and open arms for our neighbors, even the smallest band of believers can make a big difference in a community. He is very excited to be part of the team!