Who We Are
When you visit, you'll hear and see the vision statement Making New, Making Great. We are "making new" by leading people to the new life that comes with accepting Christ, and we are "making great" by helping people experience the great life that comes with loving and serving God.
Making New, Making Great is what we're all about.
Two years after its founding, the Assemblies of God established 16 doctrines as a standard to reach, preach and teach its people. These doctrines became our Statement of Fundamental Truths. Four of these truths are our core beliefs: Salvation, Baptism in the Holy Spirit, Divine Healing and The Second Coming of Christ. Learn more at ag.org.
In 1986, Jim and Denise Rion founded our church in a small rented space with just a few people attending the first service. When it came time to search for a place to build, Pastor Jim felt led to an undeveloped and unknown area of San Antonio called Westover Hills. God only knew it would become one of the fastest growing areas in the nation.
First service held
Pastor Jim and Denise Rion started the church in April of 1986. The first service took place in a rented store-front building on Culebra Road. It began with the name "Ingram Assembly of God."
First church built
When the search began for a permanent home, Pastor Jim felt led to purchase land in an undeveloped and relatively unknown area of San Antonio called Westover Hills. In September 1988, more than 100 people gathered for the first service in the new building.
Worship Center opened
The Westover Hills area experienced exponential growth, eventually becoming one of the fastest-growing zip codes in the nation. When mutliple services were not enough to accommodate the church's growth, a new Worship Center was built. It opened in December 1999 with triple the seating capacity of the first sanctuary.
Family Life Center opened
Out of a desire to reach the next generation, a Family Life Center was added in September 2007. Kids Ministry moved into the new addition, while middle and high school students inherited the first sanctuary, now known as the Student Center.
Español Campus launched
To reach the growing Latino community, Westover Hills launched a Spanish campus. Pastor Mario Escobedo joined the team to lead Westover Hills - Español.
Medina Valley Campus launched
An opportunity to expand to the Medina Valley area came in 2012. David Barnes, longtime children's pastor for Westover Hills, transitioned to lead Westover Hills - Medina Valley.
New Auditorium Opened
Plans for a Worship Center expansion were unveiled in early 2011, as the flagship campus, now known as Northwest, continued to experience strong growth. In February 2014, a new 2,200-seat auditorium, complete with state-of-the-art technology, opened. The expansion also included a café, classrooms, nurseries and more spaces for community.
Sports Complex announced
In September of 2015, Pastor Jim announced plans for a $5 million Sports Complex and the addition of a Sports Director, NBA veteran Antonio Daniels. The Sports Complex will allow us to serve the Westover Hills community by offering year-round sports leagues for all ages.