Alex Lara is the founding Senior Pastor of Elevate Ministries, a growing church located on the south-side of San Antonio. Since its existence Elevate has consistently and pro-actively reached out to the community through quarterly outreaches such as its Back to School Giveaway, Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway, Toys for a Cause, and Easter Eggstravaganza. The ministry has committed itself to providing weekly community empowerment classes consisting of Parenting, Home-buyer & Credit/Debt Repair, Job Readiness, Securing Health & Life Insurance, Leadership Training and Spiritually- equipping classes.
Prior to the inception of Elevate Ministries, Alex served as a Youth Pastor for 6 years at a local west-side ministry. In addition to serving the youth of his church and meeting the needs of the many troubled youth on the west-side, he also had a passion to minister to the youth detained at the Bexar County Juvenile Detention Center frequently taking along with him his youth group to minister also. Alex later served as an Associate Pastor for 2 years before launching Elevate Ministries.
Alex has appeared on the TBN Christian TV Network & has been a consecutive speaker for the last 3 years at the Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner event which prides itself in feeding over 25,000 people every year. Recently, he also had the privilege of providing the invocations for a few notable public servants such as Nico LaHood during his campaign for District Attorney.
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 a few years as a troubled young adult he went on to complete his GED, pursued a Bachelor’s degree, and now holds two Master’s degrees, one being a Master’s of Christian Studies & Divinity. He recently began his Doctoral Studies during the summer of 2015 at Luther Rice Seminary. Alex is currently working on expanding Elevate Ministries by purchasing a multi-million dollar facility to meet the needs of the community at a far greater capacity with a more holistic approach that is not commonly seen among churches today. Alex and his wife Vanessa have been happily married for seven years and are blessed with their goofy pitbull Andre and have a desire to expand their family in the near future. It is his most sincere desire to empower young and old alike to be the best productive citizens they can be, and build up not only the intellect but also providing hope and direction in strengthening the family unit.