Ok, so this staff picture tells you a lot. We are diverse. Fun. Ready for action. Experienced. We love Jesus and we love connecting people to him. See our bios below to get the scoop on each of our staff and elders.
ROBIN and Erica STEELE
Robin Steele is the Senior Pastor of PromiseLand Church. He graduated from Texas State University in San Marcos, TX in 1998 with a BBA in Marketing. Three weeks later he married Erica Crocker. In 2001, he worked at his home church as Children’s Pastor. In 2003, with the assistance of Kenneth Phillips, Robin and 30 others started PromiseLand San Marcos Church. Today, it has grown into a thriving community of over a 1000 believers. Robin is passionate about bridging the gap between people and Jesus. He is also passionate about helping other pastors. Robin and Erica have 3 kids: Kennady, Jude, and Avery. Their daughter, Kennady, was born with a condition called Alobar Holoprosencephaly (HPE) which resulted in severe special needs. He and his wife blog regularly at http://www.mademeaningful.com
WILL and tabitha KRAUSS
Will is an Associate Pastor of PromiseLand. The Krauss family came to PromiseLand in 2004. In 2012, Will was honored to become full-time Associate Pastor.
Will has a passion for people so it is an honor for him to lead in the area of Spiritual Development. Will and Tabitha lead a team of volunteers who help people grow in their personal walk with God and start serving in the local church. They engage the ‘crowd’ who gathers on the weekend by finding ways to get them further in their walk with God. This includes: PromiseGroups, discipleship classes, social events, New Member Sessions, volunteer recruiting, etc. Will and Tabitha live in Kyle with their 4 kids; Isabel, Jillian, Maya and Maverick.
Tim is the Worship Pastor at PromiseLand. Bio coming!
Michael Higgins is an Associate Pastor of PromiseLand. He oversees the business and financial side of the ministry. This comes natural to Michael after spending 4 decades in Corporate America prior to coming to PromiseLand San Marcos. He is at times reverently referred to by his fellow staff members as the “Bishop of Budget” because of his pragmatic attitude towards financial integrity and accountability. He is passionate about helping people identify how they are uniquely created and how each one is an integral part of God’s amazing design within the body of Christ. This passion for connecting others with God and His plan for their life is readily identifiable in the unique ministry he oversees. From leading early morning men’s prayer to coaching personal success in finances through the “Financial Peace University”, he is driven to guide people into a place of peace and confidence in God. His passion for connecting you with God and the unique plan for success He has designed for your life is his calling.
Emilio is our Student Pastor at PromiseLand overseeing ministry of 6th grade to College.
Mike Hollifield is the Lockhart Campus Pastor. He is dedicated to building relationships in the Lockhart community and surrounding areas. He is passionate about discipleship, and has a genuine love to connect as well as assist people in having a thriving personal relationship with Jesus.
Mike was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. He is a disabled veteran who proudly served in the U.S. Army. He is an avid outdoorsman who loves camping, fishing, kayaking, and barbecuing.
Mike is married to his lovely wife, Irene. They have four wonderful children, Emilio, Ada, Cody, and Cierra. Mike and his family have been an active part of the PromiseLand Church family since 2009.
Jennifer Longoria is the Children’s Director of PromiseLand. She works with kids from 6 weeks to 12 years of age.
Jennifer is originally from San Marcos. She and her family have been a part of PromiseLand since April 2010. She joined Children’s Ministry shortly after her first couple of months. She feels strongly about serving in Children’s Ministry since that is where her family’s lives were all changed. She married her high school sweetheart, Abraham, in1997. They have 3 kids: Abraham, Joseph, and SarahRose. She enjoys spending time with her family.
Jennifer went to school for nursing and always dreamed of working in pediatrics. God had other plans. Five months, after leaving school because she felt this was not God’s plan, she was asked to be on staff with PromiseLand. She loves working with the kids here at PromiseLand and feels strongly about helping families learn as much as they can about Jesus.
Irene Hollifield is one of our Church Administrators at PromiseLand San Marcos. She assists our business office with managing contribution records, manages guest and membership accuracy, and many other tasks.
Irene is a native of San Marcos. She and her family have attended PromiseLand since 2009. Irene and her husband, Michael, have lead a PromiseGroup for five years.
Irene and Michael live in San Marcos and have 4 children (Emilio, Ada, Cody and Cierra), along with 2 dogs, Sammy and Onyx. She looks forward to quality time with her family playing board games, Skip-Bo, and finds relaxation in camping or meeting up with friends for coffee.
Abraham Longoria is the Facility Director of PromiseLand, he oversees lawn, facilities and anything building related.
He is originally from San Marcos TX, the youngest of 6 siblings raised by his Mom. He married his high School Sweetheart Jennifer and they have 3 pretty cool kids. Abraham loves working outdoors, the smell of fresh cut grass and keeping busy. His hobbies include softball, kickball, volleyball- anything with the word ball in it!
Abraham and his family came to know God on Easter Sunday 2010 and haven't turned back! He leads his family with strong leadership and continues to make sure they all keep God first.
Pam is one of our Church Administrators at PromiseLand San Marcos. She assists in answering phone calls, assists other staff with ministering to those in need, assists the Senior Pastor in other projects. Pam works with her husband, Michael, in coordinating our local mission projects.
PromiseLand San Marcos elders
ELDERS AT PROMISELAND ARE "LAY-MINISTERS" THAT ARE MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH. THEY PROVIDE SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP TO THE GENERAL CONGREGATION AND DIRECT COUNSEL TO THE SENIOR PASTOR.
Rob Steele has been a member of PromiseLand and a PromiseGroup leader since the church began. He has been married to Kathy for over 42 years and has two children and six grandchildren. After working in the construction field for many years, he retired a few years ago and now lives on the family farm in Caldwell County. He is passionately in love with Jesus Christ and lives to do His will.
Pete lives in San Marcos, Texas. He served and retired from the US Military after 20 plus years. He is the father of two wonderful children (daughter and son), and grandfather of three grandchildren. Presently, Pete works at Gary Job Corps Center IT Department, as well as mentoring young adults. He enjoys participating in sports: fishing, softball, racquetball, running, and others.
Pete has been an active member of PromiseLand since its inception in 2003. He has served in Children Ministry as: Children Coordinator (6-12 years old) and Coordinator of Children Summer Camp. He has also lead a Men’s PromiseGroup. Being a part of PromiseLand, he has felt a touch of Jesus Christ and learned his ways.
PromiseLand San Marcos OVERSEERS
OVERSEERS AT PROMISELAND ARE PASTORS OF OTHER CHURCHES THAT PROVIDE A COVERING AND DIRECTION TO THE PASTORAL STAFF WHEN NEEDED. IF THE POSITION OF SENIOR PASTOR OPENS, THEN THE OVERSEERS HELP INSTALL A NEW LEAD PASTOR.
RANDY PHILLIPS - LIFE AUSTIN
JOHN RAGSDALE - THE HILLS NASHVILLE
KENNETH PHILLIPS - PROMISELAND CHURCH AUSTIN