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 at “Urgency Youth Ministries.” Aaron’s next step led him to serve as Associate Pastor with Jubilee Tri-Valley Church. In 2012, Aaron and his family made the move from California to Saint Louis, Missouri, where he held the position of Youth Pastor at Element Church under the leadership of Senior Pastor Erik Lawson. The student ministry thrived under Aaron’s direction and his leadership team grew. They saw average weekly attendance grow from 35 students to 250 students in less than three years. As one of America’s fastest growing churches, Element Church transitioned Aaron from Youth Pastor to its Senior Leadership Team in the role of Executive Pastor of Campus Development in 2015.  

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.



ARC | weplantlife.com

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.


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


Keller & McKinney | Milestone Church | milestonechurch.com
Longview | Grace Creek Church | gracecreekchurch.com
Harker Heights | Vintage Church | vintagechurch.cc
Katy | Church of the King | cotk.org


Broussard | Our Savior’s Church | oursaviorschurch.com
Lafayette | Our Savior’s Church | oursaviorschurch.com
Opelousas | Our Savior’s Church | oursaviorschurch.com
Jennings | Our Savior’s Church | oscjennings.com
Eunice | Our Savior’s Church | oscjennings.com
Mandeville | Church of the King | churchoftheking.com
New Orleans | Church of the King | churchoftheking.com
Lake Charles | Church of the King | churchoftheking.us


Gulf Coast | Church of the King | churchoftheking.com/gcc


Destin | Destiny Worship Center | destinyworshipcenter.com


New Albany | Hillside Chapel | myhillsidechapel.com