Aaron Grijalva was born and raised in California where he received Jesus Christ as his Savior at the age of twelve and felt the call to ministry.

Aaron’s first pastoral position was Associate Youth Pastor at Jubilee Christian Center, where he ministered to more than 600 students weekly. In 2012, Aaron and his family served on the Executive Leadership level at one of America’s fastest growing churches for 7 years. He has led in every capacity in the local church and believes that God has prepared him to be a Senior Pastor in a growing life-giving church!

Having benefited from the experience and guidance of several pastors over the past fourteen years, Aaron and his mentors felt the time had come to plant a church in the San Antonio, Texas area. It is Pastor Aaron’s vision to build a life-giving church where people do life together and reach their full potential in Christ.

Aaron met his wife, Erica, at church in New Mexico. They have been married for ten years and parent five boys: twins Riley and Kellen, and Titus, Judah and Winston.



Rise Church is a part of a broader church family. Their help and wisdom is invaluable to us. Below is a list of those churches: 


Keller & McKinney | Milestone Church |
Longview | Grace Creek Church |
Harker Heights | Vintage Church |
Katy | Church of the King |


Broussard | Our Savior’s Church |
Lafayette | Our Savior’s Church |
Opelousas | Our Savior’s Church |
Jennings | Our Savior’s Church |
Eunice | Our Savior’s Church |
Mandeville | Church of the King |
New Orleans | Church of the King |
Lake Charles | Church of the King |


Gulf Coast | Church of the King |


Destin | Destiny Worship Center |


New Albany | Hillside Chapel |




ARC’s church plants have become the largest and fastest-growing churches in the USA. Thousands of people make a decision to follow Christ and are baptized in ARC church plants every year. ARC church plants give over $15 million each year to missions. ARC’s global impact is growing rapidly, through hubs like ARC Ireland, ARC Australia, ARC Canada, ARC South Africa, ARC Netherlands, ARC Italy, ARC Asia, ARC Brazil and more being formed continually. Having planted over 600 churches, and with hundreds more partner churches, ARC has become not only a movement, but a collection of many “tribes” – all with a focus to see a life-giving church in every community in the world.