Alumni Plant Church in San Antonio
Two years ago SAGU alumnus Joseph Garza and wife Eleana began the process to start a church in the inner city metropolitan area of San Antonio, Texas. They started with zero: zero resources, zero money, zero families, and zero support. However, through a long process, God began to make something out of nothing at New Generation Fellowship.
On January 17, 2010, New Generation Fellowship launched with 210 people in attendance. Over 125 people gave their lives to Jesus Christ in the first 90 days after the church launched. Most of these people are hard to reach people, such as drug addicts, strippers, post moderns, young couples, and those who don’t fit into traditional church.
“God orchestrated every step,” says Garza. “My degree in church planting and revitalization from Southwestern Assembly of God University gave me the education that has been key to our ministry.”
According to Garza, the church has a strong and vibrant leadership team. Many of their leaders are SAGU alumni and a few are current DE students at SAGU. Wes Willitt, Garza’s assistant pastor and armor bearer, graduated with a degree in cross-cultural missions. Children’s pastor Dawn Willitt, Wes’ wife, graduated from SAGU with a degree in elementary education. Daniel and Myra Seydler, the life group pastors, are also SAGU affiliated. Myra graduated with a counseling psychology degree and Daniel is finishing his degree through distance education.
“SAGU gave New Generation Fellowship the foundation we needed to lead a new generation of leaders,” Garza commented. “We are proud to be called SAGU Alumni.”
New Generation Fellowship will be featured in the Church Multiplication Network's 2010 edition of 25 Groundbreaking Church Plants.