Elevate Ministries

Our mission is to REACH you through love, RAISE you to discipleship, and RELEASE your purpose.

Pastor Alex

Meet Our Pastor

Alex served as a youth pastor for 6 years, and 3 years as an associate pastor at a local west-side ministry prior to launching Elevate Ministries. He and his wife Vanessa, a counselor to children and teens, have been happily married since 2008. Their family consists of their precious daughter Luz, goofy pit-bull Andre, and miniature schnauzer sidekick, Cookie. They are a couple who have enjoyed living their lives serving others on all levels and areas of need. Together, they do ministry with a holistic approach, to include spiritual equipping, sharing & spreading His love, building relationships, meeting the physical needs of those in lack, and providing educational empowerment to help improve the quality of life in all whom they serve. Simply put, their vision is to build a community of people who serve and love others, while growing as individuals and expanding as a family.

Alex and Vanessa Lara

Alex & Vanessa Lara

Pastor of Elevate

Elevate's History Timeline

January 1, 2012

Grand Opening

Elevate has their Grand opening at the former Baptist University campus.

January 1, 2012

January 2017

Purchase of Land

Elevate purchases close to 5 acres from a pre-existing church building that had been shut down.

January 2017

June - November 2017

Land Renovation Begins

Mission renovation of our land and building begins.

June - November 2017

November 5, 2017

Grand Opening New Campus

Grand opening of our new Saipan campus building. We begin conducting a service at 9:45 am and 11:00 am.

November 5, 2017

June 2, 2017

First Food Distribution

The first-ever Anita Food Pantry food distribution: over 20,000 lbs of food was distributed to the local community.

June 2, 2017

March 20, 2019

Mayor’s City Award

Z-Elevate receives an award from the Mayor of San Antonio for its commitment to fighting hunger. Over 200,000 lbs of had been distributed through the Anita Food Pantry. 

March 20, 2019

January 9, 2022

Grand Opening Expansion

Grand opening of our second and bigger sanctuary on the Saipan campus. We transition to one 10:30 am service.

January 9, 2022

May 20-21, 2022

First Rite of Passage Retreat

Elevate conducts its first-ever Rite Of Passage Men’s retreat at Camp Young Judea in Wimberly, TX.

May 20-21, 2022

OUR FOUNDATION

Our Beliefs

1 Timothy 3:16, 1 Corinthians 2:13

We believe in the plenary-verbal inspiration of the accepted canon of the Scriptures as originally given and that they are infallibly and uniquely authoritative and free from error of any sort in all matters with which they deal, including scientific and historical as well as moral and theological.

Matthew 28:19, 2 Corinthians 13-14

We believe in the Eternal Godhead who has revealed Himself as ONE God existing in THREE persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit; distinguishable but indivisible.

Genesis 1-11

We believe in the full historicity and perspicuity of the Biblical record of primeval history, including the literal existence of Adam and Eve as the progenitors of all people, the literal fall and resultant divine curse on the creation, the worldwide cataclysmic deluge, and the origin of nations and languages at the tower of Babel.

Romans 3:10-18

We believe in the creation, test and fall of man as recorded in Genesis; his total spiritual depravity and inability to attain to divine righteousness.

Luke 1:26-35, John 1:18, Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:16

We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior of men, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, very God and very man.

1 Corinthians 15:14, Romans 4:25 

We believe Christ died for our sins, was buried and rose again the third day, and personally appeared to His disciples.

John 14:2-3, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

We believe in the bodily ascension of Jesus to heaven, His exaltation and personal, literal and bodily coming again the second time for the Church.

Ephesians 2:8-9, Hebrews 9:12, Hebrews 9:22, Romans 5:11

We believe in the salvation of sinners by grace, through repentance and faith in the perfect and sufficient work of the cross of Calvary by which we obtain remission of sins.

Matthew 28:19, Acts 2:34-36, Acts 19:1-6

We believe in the necessity of water baptism by immersion in the name of the Eternal Godhead in order to fulfill the command of Christ.

1 Corinthians 12

We believe in the operation of the gifts of the Spirit as enumerated in I Corinthians 12-14, and as manifested in the Early Church.

Acts 4:30, Romans 8:11, 1 Corinthians 12:9, James 5:1

We believe in the healing of the body by Divine Power, or Divine healing in its varied aspects as practiced in the Early Church.

1 Corinthians 11:28-32

We believe in the Table of the Lord, commonly called Communion or the Lord’s Supper, for believers.

Mark 9:43-58, 2 Thessalonians 1:9, Revelation 20:10-15

We believe in eternal life for believers (John 5:24; 3:16) and eternal punishment for unbelievers.

Matthew 25:41, Revelation 20:10-15

We believe in the reality and personality of Satan and eternal judgment of Satan and his angels.

Alex Testimony

Alex was raised in a poor single parent home and was a high school drop-out from the south-side of San Antonio. After spending all of his teenage years as a troubled teen, he went on to complete his GED, pursued a Bachelor’s degree, and now holds two Master’s degrees, the first being a Master’s of Christian Studies and the second, a Master’s of Divinity. He is currently pursuing a Doctoral Studies at Luther Rice Seminary. He gives hope to others emphasizing that it’s never too late to seek an education and accomplish their dreams.