Our History


Living Word’s humble beginnings first took place October 16, 1987, with the initial meeting being held at Pastor Ruben Martinez’s mother’s home. A caring atmosphere, God inspired guidance, and community outreach attracted people from all ages, religious backgrounds, races, and walks of life.

For the next 7 years the small church met in 10 different locations before they built their first building. Some of these places included: community centers, First Church of the Nazarene, Free Will Baptist Church on Second and Nolana (now named Valley Community Church), Pharr Vocational School, Doria Avila’s Dance Academy, on Pecan and 2nd in McAllen, Holiday Inn on south 10th in McAllen, Fairway Resort on south 10th, across from La Plaza Mall, The Rio Grande Bible Institute and others.

Living Word was fortunate enough to buy the property of their present location, which they had been praying for at least 3 years, and our Lord Jesus Christ was gracious and merciful to grant them with the amazing opportunity! Once the purchase was finalized, Living Word broke ground to build. Finally, in July of 1995, they relocated their church body to the new, larger facility presently located on Jackson and Minnesota in Pharr Texas. After moving in, the church grew, more than doubling in size. About 240 people attended regularly on Sunday mornings.

In November 1999, they moved into their new Education / Fellowship building. They used the first floor and continued construction of the second floor as God meet their needs and provided the funds to do so. The church ended up also buying the south adjacent acre to which future expansion would later be possible. Living Word continued to grow, and not just in number, more or less to 350 which attend regularly on Sunday mornings. Amazingly, over 50% of the congregation was and still continues to be involved in ministry.

In spite of some difficult times, 2006 turned out to be the year in which the first building (the auditorium) was completely paid for. In the last couple of years Living Word’s website has gone through necessary updates and changes in which the sermons mp3’s stand out as being the most downloaded media from the website. Currently, Living Word members continue to deepen their knowledge of the King and reach out to others with the love of God. Now it’s the present generation of church members turn to step out in faith and prepare for the next generation to hear the Gospel as a part of the ministry of Living Word Evangelical Free Church.

We invite you to join us for one of our Sunday morning services. Like the original church members many years ago, you are being handed the chance to influence the lives of many, many people, both locally and around the world. Will you join today with God’s plan to reach those who are lost in a broken and fallen world, who are in desperate need of the Savior Jesus Christ?