Church on the Rock was planted in Katy during the fall of 1998 with a prayer group of about 25 people. Approximately 200 attended the first service, and the excitement has grown ever since! Led by Pastor Jorge H. Cardenas for the last 16 years, the congregation experiences a Christ Center message from the pulpit, a powerful Sunday school curriculum, an awesome worship experience and dedicated teachers involved with the children’s church.
A Global Body of Christ
This multinational congregation includes people from around the world who are encouraged to love God and country, and also to make a difference in their respective communities. “In 2008, we completed our worship center and now have services in English, Spanish, and Portuguese,” say Pastor Cardenas. The church offers programs for the whole family, as well as activities such as music, soccer, roller hockey, art and many other children’s after school programs. There is also a strong counseling program for couples and single parents.
For those interested in serving, there is something for everyone: Praise, Grandparents, Cafeteria, Counseling, Ladies, Decoration, Evangelism, Nursery, Theological Institute, Youth Group, Book Store, Prayer, Couples, Reception, Singles, Ushers and Dance.
Answering the Call
After surrendering his life to the Lord at the age of 12, Pastor Cardenas married his sweetheart Olivia and moved with their first son to Houston in 1979. In 1985, after his wife gave birth to their twin daughters, he began seeking the will of God in his life and joined Church on the Rock. He was ordained in 1988 and says, “The Holy Spirit spoke to my heart about ministry and I answered the call with the full support of my dear wife and children.”
He has served in many ministries: administrator, missions, youth pastor, associate pastor, and finally senior pastor. “I learned to live by the great commandment and to focus my daily efforts on the great commission,” says Pastor Cardenas. “The Lord has blessed my life, my family and ministry through the years. He has been very gracious to us.”
Married to Olivia for 39 years, he has seen his family grow to include son Jorge Jr. and daughter-in-law Evelin, daughter Christina and her husband Israel, daughter Carolina and her husband John, as well as grandchildren Josh, August John, Michaelangelo, Christiana Olivia, and Amelie.
Present and Future
The church looks forward to completing 28000 square feet of space for education and plans to open a preschool this fall. The vision for Church on the Rock is founded on Matthew 7:25 — that every household will be established on the Rock who is Christ. “And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house: and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.”
Those seeking a church home are invited to check out the website at www.rocakaty.com for the full calendar and worship times. Worship services are held at 433 South Barker Cypress, with Spanish services at Redeemer Community Church at 24201 Cinco Ranch Blvd. A 24-hour-a-day prayer line can be reached at 281-599-9777, or people can call 1-800-855-529-4510.