Our Staff

Eddie Aranda: Senior Pastor

Eddie Aranda, born and raised in Laredo, TX. Graduated with a degree in marketing from UTSA. He is involved in basketball training, spinning instructor at two local gyms. Married to his wife CJ Aranda and has two sons, Aaron and Ethan. They all enjoy sports as a family. He became a believer in April 2008 and has been attending Grace since then. Eddie joined the Grace staff team as a Membership and Volunteer Coordinator in February 2010 and in January 2018 became the Senior Pastor. Eddie is also a die hard STEELERS FAN and enjoys watching every single game!

Timothy Rowley: Executive Pastor

Pastor Tim was born in Dallas and moved to Laredo as a young child. He attended Laredo schools as a youth and graduated from Alexander High School. After high school, he attended John Brown University and completed degrees in Business Administration and Youth Ministry. Following college, he worked as a stock broker in Denver for a couple years before eventually moving home to work for UISD as a teacher and a coach. He is now serving as the Executive Pastor at Grace Bible Church. He has been a part of Grace Bible from the church’s beginning and is excited to see how God continues to work in the city of Laredo and Grace Bible Church.
“It has been an amazing journey with God, from when I first accepted Him as my Savior as a child until now, as an adult, learning to love Him more each day. There is nothing more amazing than to watch God work, changing lives, softening hardened hearts, healing deep hurts, and restoring people to an amazing personal relationship with Him. God is moving in this city, and I’m eager to see what He is going to do next!”

Adrian Castillo: Associate Pastor

Adrian was born and raised in beautiful east Texas. He graduated from Christ for the Nations Institute in Dallas, TX after high school. During that time, he met and fell in love with his future wife, Daisy- from Laredo. While in Dallas, he was a drummer for a well-known Latin worship ministry, which afforded him the opportunity to travel to many Latin nations. He moved to Laredo and was married in 2006. Adrian worked as a youth pastor as well as technical director for eight years. He joined the GBC staff in 2014 as Associate Pastor. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf, grilling out and the Dallas Cowboys. His favorite roles are being a husband to his wife Daisy and father to their three young children.

Luke Rynbrandt: High School Director

Luke was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After high school, he attended Wheaton College, where he studied Bible and Theology as well as mathematics. He also met his beautiful wife, Bella, there, who is from Laredo. Luke graduated from Wheaton in May of 2016 and a week later married Bella. He began a two-year residency at Grace in August 2016 as the High School Ministry Director and has loved every minute of it. He plans to pursue seminary and pastoral ministry in the future. Luke is very proud to be from Michigan and considers it one of the most beautiful places on Earth. He strongly supports the sports teams from there as well, especially the University of Michigan. Luke also loves Laredo. He has felt incredibly welcomed and cared for by both the staff and the members of Grace, and there is nowhere he would rather be!

Bella Rynbrandt: Middle School Director

Bella was born and raised in our very own Laredo! She came to know the Lord at the end of high school through Grace Bible's student ministries. Having grown up nominally Catholic, hearing the Gospel for the first time here at Grace truly was VERY good news, and life has never been the same since! Upon graduating from High School she went to Wheaton College, where she studied Spanish and Pre-Nursing, and met Luke, her husband-to-be! Having interned with Grace's Student Ministries throughout college, Luke and Bella were eager to answer the Lord's call to delve into building God's Kingdom here in Laredo. Bella began a two-year residency at GBC in August 2016 as the Middle School Ministry Director and is having so much fun she can hardly believe she gets to call this her job.

Bernice Betancourt: Grace Kids Director

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in Miami, FL. She is married to Francisco Betancourt and mother to Yreno and Bianca. She has been attending Grace Bible Church since 2007. She has participated in several small groups & assisted as a co-leader as well. Her heart has always been serving or volunteering with Children's Ministry. She first served as a Teacher Developer & in August 2018, joined the GBC Staff as the Grace Kids Director. Her desire is to help our future generation grow into a loving relationship with Jesus Christ.

Claudia Vela: Early Childhood Director

Claudia Vela is a native of San Antonio, TX. She is married to Roli Vela and has two children, Emma and Danny. She recieved a degree in Early Childhood development along with a Texas State license as a daycare director. She has a passion for teaching, training and developing teachers for God's kingdom. Claudia and her family first attended Grace in 2007 and in August 2018 she became the Early Childhood Director.

Isai Gutierrez: Worship Leader

Isai Gutierrez was born and raised in Laredo, TX. He grew up in a Christian household and attended a family-church-plant named “Agape Comunidad Cristiana.” He learned of his calling to Worship Ministry his senior year. During that year a couple of his friends and him decided to begin a movement called “Uth4Christ”. In the summer 2014, Isai became the Worship Leader and oversees Grace’s Worship Ministry.

Hilda Gomez: Assimilation and Small Group

Hilda Gomez, born in Houston and raised in Laredo, TX. She is married to Jorge Gomez and is the mother of three: Stephanie, Jorge and Omar. She began attending Grace in Summer of 2011 and became a believer soon after. She loved the welcoming environment given at Grace and volunteered in First Impressions Ministry. In 2014, Hilda was given the opportunity to join the Grace Staff team as an Assimilation and Small Group Administrator. She feels blessed to be part of such an amazing church that transmits God's love and acceptance.

Beatriz Solis: Administrative Assistant

Bea came to know the Lord 27 years ago when she began dating her future husband. Beatriz is married to Luis Solis and mother of 3, Stephanie, Zamia, and Luis. Bea began attending Grace Bible Church in 1994, when her family moved to Laredo, Texas. Since 2000, Bea has been working at Grace Bible Church as the Administrative Assistant. She also volunteers in the nursery at the church. What she really likes about Grace is the welcoming environment and the people who attend. She loves her work and the people she works with. She loves cooking and gardening and enjoys watching the Food Network and Home and Garden Television.

Kimberly Rodriguez: Communications Specialist

Kimberly was born and raised in Laredo, Tx. She graduated from Texas A&M International University with a Bachelors in Communications. Kimberly began attending Grace in January of 2016 and joined the Grace Staff team in February of 2017.

Sunday Services at 10:00 AM, 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM
Grace Bible Church
5303 Alabama Street Laredo, Texas
(956) 726-3899