First Christian Church in Alice called Pastor Elias R. Vasquez on September 16, 1994 to do ministry for an older Anglo congregation. He has been here in Alice at First Christian Church (DC) for the past 20 years. Pastor Vasquez, prior to this, was Grant Administrator for Nueces
County where he served for 25 years after a 5 year tenure as a social worker. Since coming to the Lord Jesus Christ in May 13, 1973, he has been serving the Christian Church Disciples of Christ in an adminitrative capacity at the Area, Regional, and National levels; presiding over the Southwest Hispanic Convention for two terms (85-88) and presiding over the National Hispanic Bilingual Fellowship Confratenternity for two terms also (88 & 89). He did bi-vocational work since 1994 to 2006 when he retired from his secular job and went to serve full time as pastor at the church. He has served here faithfully for that tenure.
At first he maintained an elderly Anglo congregation through 2001 and then the congregation transitioned into mostly a Hispanic congregation with some Asian and Black families. Now it has become a multicultural English speaking church. The last 5 years we have started a children ministry that is flourishing. We have about 75 members in our congregation. Everyone is welcome to join us. This is a Christian family doing God's spiritual work.
Pastor Elias R. Vasquez recieved a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, Tx in 1992 and has been licensed as a Pastor by the Disciples of Christ- Christian Church since 1995.
FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST) believes that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior of the world and God's own Son, come to redeem the world. THE LORD'S SUPPER was the distinctive way of worship in the New Testament church. The church continues to observe this weekly, as a memorial to our Lord and because "Upon the first day of the week the disciples were gathered together to break bread." (Acts 20:7 KJV) Recognizing all christians as brothers and sisters we practice "Open Communion" which means we invite ALL people who acknowledge Jesus as the Christ to share in the Lord's Supper. "Everyone ought to examine themselves before they eat of the bread and drink from the cup." (1 Corinthians 11:28, NIV) THE SPIRIT OF THE CHURCH seeks to bind all Christians in their love for Christ and for God's Word. In searching for unity among Christians, all people are urged to interpret the Scriptures for their own lives, believing that all Christians can serve together when seeking:
In All Things...CHARITY!"