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PROMISELAND STAFF

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.

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robin & ERICA Steele

SENIOR PASTOR

Robin Steele 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 three 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 share about their journey in parenting on their Made Meaningful Blog.

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MIKE AND IRENE HOLLIFIELD

LOCKHART CAMPUS PASTOR

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. 


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MICHAEL HIGGINS

ASSOCIATE PASTOR

Michael Higgins oversees the business and financial side of the ministry.  This comes natural to Michael after spending four 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.

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TIM PHILLIPS

WORSHIP PASTOR

Tim was born in Dallas and raised in San Antonio. After spending 3 years in the Army, including a tour in Afghanistan, Tim graduated from Texas State University with a degree in Middle East Studies. 

Tim has been involved in worship ministry for over 15 years and loves helping people become who God has called them to be. His greatest passions in ministry are leading worship, songwriting, and developing the next generation of worship leaders. He has been married to Chandra for 7 years and they have three kids: Graydon, Smith, and Vera. 

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JENNIFER LONGORIA

CHILDREN’S DIRECTOR

Jennifer works with PomiseKids 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, in 1997. They have three 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. 


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EMILIO MALACARA

STUDENT PASTOR

Emilio graduated from Texas Bible Institute with a focus in Christian Leadership. Shortly after graduating, he was hired as the Internal Operations Manager for Burchfield Ministries International. After seven years in ministry, serving in both Houston and Austin, Emilio received the opportunity to become the Student Pastor at PromiseLand Church and now leads the same youth ministry he found Jesus in as a high school student.

Emilio is passionate about seeing people discover their purpose and grow into God's calling for their lives. Along with Student Ministry, Emilio enjoys writing, cooking, cinematography, sporting events, fashion, and watching The Patriots win more Super Bowls!

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PAM HIGGINS

CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR

Pam assists in answering phone calls, assists other staff with ministering to those in need, and assists the Senior Pastor in other projects.   

Pam works with her husband, Michael, in coordinating our local mission projects.

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IRENE HOLLIFIELD

CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR

Irene 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 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

FACILITY DIRECTOR

Abraham oversees lawn, facilities, and anything building related. He is originally from San Marcos TX, the youngest of six siblings raised by his mom.  He married his high school sweetheart Jennifer and they have three 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. 

 

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

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 GARCIA

Pete lives in San Marcos, Texas. He served and retired from the U.S. Military after twenty plus years. He’s the father of a wonderful son and daughter, and he has three grandchildren. Presently,  Pete works at Gary Job Corps Center IT Department, and 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’s Coordinator (6-12 years old) and Coordinator of Children’s 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.

KEN BUTTON

Ken Button has been a member of PromiseLand since September 2012.  He and his wife Becky have been married for over 34 years and have two children, five grandchildren and one great grandchild.  Ken retired from Austin Energy after 30 years and presently works part time at Austin Energy.  He loves watching his grand babies play sports, dance and seeing them serve Jesus Christ at PSM. Ken takes pride as our sound tech and helps with taking care of the church grounds as needed. 

MIKE MENDEZ

Bio Coming!

WILL KRAUSS

The Krauss family came to PromiseLand in 2004. In 2012, Will joined the PromiseLand staff family and became full-time Associate Pastor for several years. 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, Next Steps, volunteer recruiting, etc.  Will and Tabitha live in Kyle with their four kids: Isabel, Jillian, Maya, and Maverick.

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