Our Leadership Team
Matthew 6:22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light,”
Lead Pastor | Elders
In 2008, God began stirring in Ben and Brandie Chapman’s hearts to plant a church in San Antonio. In 2012, Peter Dusan, pastor of Christ Community Church in San Marcos, Texas called the Chapmans to see if they had ever considered coming to San Antonio. The Chapmans saw God’s hand moving in many ways, from getting them out of debt, to giving them many confirmations that San Antonio was where they were meant to go. Now, six years after the dream of starting a church in San Antonio was placed in their hearts, they are seeing that dream come true. They are excited to join God in what He is doing in this city and with the people of Luminous Church.
ELDERS & DIRECTORS
Voltaire & Cecile Ferrer
Voltaire & Cecile moved from the Philippians 15 years ago to pursue a better life for their family. They both work in the medical field and provide care physically for people, but also have a heart to provide care for people emotionally and spiritually as they point people to Jesus. They have 3 amazing kids, Christia, Ross, & Josh.
Austin & Victoria Fontenot
ELDERS | Campus Director
Austin and his Wife, Victoria have a passion to reach the campus of UTSA. They know that tomorrow’s leaders are on the campus and by reaching them we can easily reach the community, and ultimately, the world. Austin came to San Antonio in 2012 after he felt the call of God to plant an Every Nation Campus college group at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and through that step of obedience he has seen many lives changed and many students introduced to the love of God. Austin is serving as the active director for Every Nation Campus at UTSA.
Connection Director | Campus Missionary
Jarren is a graduate of University of Texas San Antonio. She has experienced first hand the importance of discipleship on the college campus and is eager to serve, lead and disciple young women at UTSA. Although Jarren was not a Spurs fan when she first arrived to San Antonio, we are quickly convincing her that Go Spurs Go is a good chant. She has a passion for people, missions, the Office, and can often be found on her Instastory bringing some humorous relevance that the world really needs.
Keaton & Octavia Walls
Youth | Freedom Director
Austin never understood the importance of reaching the college campus with the Gospel until he was reached while on a college campus. He quickly realized that if you can reach the campus, you can easily reach the community, and ultimately, the world. He came to San Antonio in 2012 after he felt the call of God to plant an Every Nation Campus college group at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and through that step of obedience he has seen many lives changed and many students introduced to the love of God. Austin is serving as the active director for Every Nation Campus at UTSA.
Chastity and Marcos came to our first Sunday at Luminous Church. They both were born-again in 2014 and have been raising their wonderful children to know the love of Jesus. Chastity has a heart to see children at Luminous feel loved in a safe environment. She sees Luminous Kids as more than childcare, but helps our teachers understand that they are making a difference in this ministry to our children at Luminous.
Brandie is not only the lead pastor’s wife; she has a great love for elementary kids. She taught first grade prior to coming onto our team to lead students to love Jesus with their whole heart, mind and soul. She has a passion to see children open up in small groups, and loves to celebrate when they come in with something exciting that happened in their life. Her heart is to also see many people empowered to lead this generation.
Angel started running power point for our campus ministry at UTSA back in 2011. He has since graduated and got his MBA from UIW. Angel still oversees the production and post-production at Luminous. He and his wife Hannah have two amazing boys. They truly have a heart for people to know Jesus.
Eric & Chen Dela Cruz
USHER | Prayer DIRECTOR
Eric and Chen changed their career, as a family doctor in the Philippines to a medical staff position in the states, to carve a path for their family. Chen has a heart to see the church covered in prayer as well as making disciples and oversee our intercessory and prayer team. Eric oversees a team of ushers that helps create a welcoming environment at Luminous.
MISSIONARIES | SUPPORT STAFF
J. Tom Snelson
Church Plant Missionary
J.Tom was born and raised in Midland, Texas. Since a young age he has always felt the call to serve God as a missionary. He and his wife of five years, Jill, along their daughter Alaska made the move from San Antonio back to his hometown, Midland, to help launch an online campus with Mid-Cities Church that will reach people working in the oil field. J.Tom is also a recent graduate of the Texas Tech School of Law, and his hope is that he will be able to use his education for the betterment of the Kingdom of God.
Deborah Coates was radically changed in New York City when she encountered the power of Jesus. She served at Every Nation NYC with the women’s ministry and with office administration. Deborah has recently become a full-time campus minister for Every Nation Ministries. She is using her gifts to disciple women at UTSA and mentor other campus ministers in the Every Nation Campus Southwest Region.
Miss Kay served as a school teacher most of her career. Growing up she saw her mother send handwritten cards to all the family and friends. Miss Kay has the same passion to make sure people are loved through a note, a phone call, and that no one goes overlooked. (P.S. write those addresses nicely on the connect card so you get a nice note from Miss Kay and her team.
Jay Zavala is a husband and a great father. When Jay is not selling real estate, he serves in many roles from leading a life group, helping in our youth ministry and serves on our build team. He is the primary function of setting up our broadcast cameras and bring church to homes.
Jhiyra is a junior at UTSA. She has a heart for campus ministry and to see students for all walks of life to Honor God and follow Jesus. She is interning for the 2019-2020 school year to learn how to do ministry more effectively and be intentional about empowering other students to make disciples.
Ross is a full-time student at UTSA and spend his time serving in our ENC and also is a cadet in the ROTC program. Along with all these extracurricular activities he serves in our youth ministry reaching out to students in our city. He also drums and helps raise up drummers to use their gifts on our worship team.
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