How We Got Started
The history of the Church of God seventh day on Willard Drive traces its beginnings to elder Lazaro V. Gallego, who along with his family came to know the Lord in 1942 through the evangelizing work of Bro. Eusebio Bernal.
Bro. Gallego was a man of strong faith and determination. He was a man who gave his all to the work of the Lord and was instrumental in the building of first Church of God seventh day in San Antonio on San Fernando Street, which later moved to Ceralvo street. In 1955, he and his family along with a few other families established a second church in San Antonio on San Joaquin. He faithfully pastors this church along with the support of Bro. Magdaleno Oseguera and Bro. Romulo Rivera. In 1983 Bro. Ernest P. Bergman became pastor and served faithfully until 1993. It was during this time that our church began to flourish; therefore a larger church was essential to our growth.
Through the work of the Spirit the church was united in purpose, through the grace of God, and 10 years of committed cooperation, generous financial support of the membership and dedicated workmanship of consistent fund-raising projects was this stream realized. The project of building a new church was spearheaded by the tireless and selfless works of Bro. Lazaro V. Gallego Jr. and Bro. Jesse V. Gallego-the sons of Elder Lazaro Gallego. Our new church @ 4131 Willard Dr. was completed and dedicated on February 19, 1988. In 1994 we joined the general conference headquartered in Denver, Colorado. Since joining the conference, the church has been pastured by Bro. Israel Hernandez, Bro. Ruben Yanez and current pastor Daniel Gallego Urrutia.
Interested in visiting us this Saturday? Here are answers to a few questions you might have.
Should I bring my Bible?
We encourage you to bring your Bible in whatever format is most comfortable for you, including reading the scriptures from your smartphone or mobile device.
What should I wear?
We want you to be at ease and encourage you to wear whatever is most comfortable for you.
What is the worship like?
We have a unique blend of yesterday’s old time hymns combined with today’s contemporary english and spanish worship. Our worship team uses a variety of instruments and voices to lead the congregation to worship in Spirit and in Truth.
We seek to glorify the Lord in all things including our corporate worship and remain mindful of the preferences of our membership.
Do you have Student and Children’s Ministries?
We have Sabbath School every Saturday during our morning services beginning at 10 AM. Click here to visit our Children’s Ministry page.
How often do you celebrate communion?
Our church celebrates the Lord’s Supper, an annual memorial of Christ’s death in which believers eat the bread and drink from the cup — symbols of His body and blood. We extend charity toward those who may observe communion at other times. This communion service demonstrates fellowship with our Savior until He comes again. It is accompanied by foot washing.
Where can I find information on Bible studies offered?
We currently have Bible studies held at our Willard St. location on Wednesday nights. In addition our G.L.O.W. Women’s ministry holds a monthly bible study as does our worship team, specifically geared toward those ministries. Click here to visit our Ministries page for more information.
How do I become a member?
Attending our Wednesday night Bible studies will introduce you to our pastor and his wife in a more intimate setting than weekend services. Here you can discuss your interest in joining our membership as well as learn more about who we are.