Who we are, where we come from, and where we're headed as a church family
Photo by: MAYRA BELTRAN
Pueblo’s Church was founded in Pasadena, Texas, on 1014 Shaver Street. The founder is Pastor Roberto Ruben Villarreal. The church’s first service was on January 12, 1981. There were about 30 people in that service: the pastor, his family, and about 25 other people who were or are friends. Some were already Christians and some weren’t.
The following service the only people there were the pastor, his family, and a brother who played the guitar. Before starting the church, the pastor and his wife were going from town to town, spreading the Gospel. The first people that came to the church were Jesus Garza and his cousin. Jesus Garza gave his life to the Lord and brought his family and, later, some friends. Then, before the start of the following service, there was young man passing by on his bicycle. The pastor started talking to him and he stayed for the service. That young man had his parents in the hospital and the pastor went to visit them. When the mother was released from the hospital, she came to the church and gave her life to the Lord Jesus Christ. Later, she brought part of her family and they remain faithful till this day.
A month later, February 15, we had our first Sunday school, and 42 people attended. By the month of March, a radio program titled "Dios Habla al Pueblo" was started, and it continues making an impacting and touching hearts till this day. Through the months of April and May, the church was almost full. By August 1981, the congregation no longer fit in the building. It was so full some people had to be standing the entire service. That’s why the church was known as “la cajita de mechas” (the little matchbox) because of its size and the fire of the Holy Spirit. That’s when we decided, by the grace and with the help of God, to buy a piece of land.
In August 1982, plans were in place to start pouring cement for the new building. By September 22, 1982, the foundation was ready to start building the new church by the freeway 225, where everyone would be able to see a house of worship for our Heavenly Father. Not much time passed when the walls were ready. It was possible thanks to the help of God, brothers and sisters that cooperated, and of total strangers. There were people who, while driving on the freeway, saw the construction and stopped to ask what was being constructed. When they found out it was going to be a church, they cooperated for the cause. These were people whose hearts were touched by the Lord.
In February 1983, construction on the bathrooms began. There was no plaster or any other construction materials, as if the pastor knew that on February 18 there would be a fire in the church. The following day, February 19, 1983, we had our first service in the new church, with about 200 to 225 people attending. By 1984, the church attendance was more than 350 people. There were services where there were almost 400 people or more.
Then, on March 4, 1991, we moved to a church on South Main. We were there for almost 7 years. That building seated 700 people, and it would get filled every Sunday morning. Finally, on June 13, 1997, we moved to 1600 Pasadena Blvd in Pasadena, Texas, which is our current location. This church is one of the biggest in all of Pasadena, with room for more than 1,000 people, and it’s time to expand the walls.
That is how Pueblo’s Church was founded. However, the Lord’s work has yet to cease. Acts 2:47 says “all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved.” We believe that if everyone takes seriously the Great Commission of going out and preaching the Good News, the church will continue growing. Acts 5:42: “And every day, in the Temple and from house to house, they continued to teach and preach this message: ‘Jesus is the Messiah.’”
This is the history of Pueblo’s Church.