Dr. Francisco J and Pastor Karen Valenzuela are both ordained ministers, who by the grace of God have been given the calling of both teaching and preaching the Word of God to all the nations. Our Church, Tree of Life is in Decatur, Texas.
The name for Tree of Life Church comes from Proverbs 3:18 "Wisdom is a Tree of Life to those who embrace her.....and happy is every one that retains her." We have taken this calling in preparing and equipping His people for every good work, and have embraced it with a hunger to minister the Wisdom and Love of God to everyone we come in contact with.
We invite you to join us in celebrating the Wisdom and Love that God has for all those who call upon Him. We welcome you all to Tree of Life Church, where the Wisdom of God is taught to all in the Spirit of excellence.
Senior Pastor: Dr. Francisco J Valenzuela
I was born March 31, 1951 in El Paso, Texas and was raised in an area of the city called: "El Barrio Del Diablo," which means The Devils Ward." My mother raised me in the Roman Catholic Church, but at that young age I was more interested in the streets of El Paso. After many years in that lifestyle I have come to thank God that even through the years of "doing my own thing", my mother never gave up on me and was always there for me. She made sure that I knew who Jesus was, but in my youth I did not understand the gift that Christ wanted to give me and my sinful nature held me captive. It led to my having a confusing life to say the least, and it was all due to my rebellious and disobedient ways, and of course to my ignorance of the Word. It was nobody's fault but my own; and I take full responsibility for it all.
The rough times with alcohol and drugs became the norm for me. There I was in the arena of ignorance thinking about what a good time I was having, but like I said, "little did I know". Just how was I to know that the bad company I was keeping was corrupting my character. I wasn't working The Word and The Word wasn't working in me. But Jesus was watching over me! Thank God that as the years went by, God placed people of a pure heart in my path, people who would direct me in the manner that He had proposed for my life. One of those divine connections came in the way of my nephew Eric Huereque, who through much disciplining and correction led me to the Lord. It was then that I began seeking the Lord and His plan for my life, devoting my all in following after Him.
As time went on I met my wife Karen at work and in getting to know her, I got involved in going to church with her.
Where would I be without my beautiful and godly wife. She is
a gift from God, and not only that, but a strength that stands by my
side through the ups and downs we have and will encounter. She is a
Mighty Woman of God, of that there is no doubt. I thank God for Pastor Karen, together, hand in hand we will accomplish our Father's assignment for both of our lives.
She was attending Eagle Mountain International Church (EMIC) in Ft. Worth, TX. and it was to be an enlightening experience in attending a church started by Kenneth Copeland Ministries. I met believer's there that helped mentor me and direct me in the powerful Word of God and I want to thank all of them for their encouraging words and counsel. I not only became a reader of the Bible, I became a student of the Bible.
I began taking classes and studying at Believer's Institute at EMIC, and I continued my study's through Jerry Savelle's Correspondence Course and achieved a Certificate of Completion. I found myself wanting even more and began seeking God for more wisdom, who directed me to Wisdom Ministries in Tulsa, OK. There I began studying under Dr. Nasir Siddiki who was the president and founder of Wisdom University and after several years of immersing myself in the Word of God, I received my Doctorate in Biblical Wisdom on September 10th, 2011.
What a change! If you had known me back then and could come to see the spiritual transformation that took place in my life, you too would say the same, "What a Transformation"!
Today, I am totally submitted to accomplishing my God given assignment here on earth and I am not leaving until I do. My life is all about Jesus, I pray it is yours also.
Just as Jesus' mother told the servants at the wedding of Cana, "Whatever He tells you to do, DO IT!" I can hear her telling us, the Body of Christ the same. So follow her counsel and "Just Do It!" Amen!
Associate Pastor Roy Adams - Ministry of Helps
I met Pastor Roy Adams back in Nov. of 2001. What a divine appointment that turned out to be. Roy has served Eagle Mountain International Church for many years in various areas of minitry, the majority of this time was spent in the Ministry of Helps as an Usher.
Talk about a man who knows his business. I know this for I worked with him on many different occasions. I am so glad that the Lord put it in his heart to come and be a part of Tree of Life Church. It was a no brainer when I came to the decision in giving him the position of Head of our Ministry of Helps.
Pastor Roy comes to us with a compassionate heart, always working with a Spirit of Excellence doing all things as unto the Lord.
God has not only Blessed Tree of Life Church, He has blessed me with a friend and diligent worker.
Associate Pastor Dory Adams - Children's Ministry
Pastor Dory has spend many years serving in many areas of the Church. She spent the majority of those years at Eagle Mountain International Church serving as a greeter and in their Children's Ministry. She also helped with the infants and children of EMIC. She has an enormous passion for the Children's Ministry and I know she will perform admirably here at Tree of Life Church. What follows is the Vision Statement that she wrote for our Children's Ministry;
Actively we support Tree of Life Church & it's Leadership, as we reach out to the children and their families with the Love of Jesus. We come teaching them the Uncompromising Word of God, showing them their need of taking Jesus as Savior and in doing so we lead them in making Jesus, Lord of their life. We come training them to become sensitive to God's Holy Spirit in all they do and equipping them to lead others to Jesus. We have a made a commitment to help them all to grow in Jesus and to use their Bibles as a Handbook for Life.
Tree of Life Church is Blessed to have Pastor Dory watching over our children. We thank God for her and we look forward to a long prosperous relationship with her here at Tree of Life Church.
Associate Pastor Maceo Smith - Itinerant Pastor
Name of Ministry: Encourage Ministry Teaching Biblical Meditation - the basic law for establishing your heart. Principle Scripture: Philippians 4:8, "Meditate on These Things."
Minister Teacher Maceo is a minister that encourages individuals to learn and practice what the Bible says about Meditating God's Word. There is a workable plan and when you work the plan. Proverbs 6:22 says, "When thou go, it (The Word) shall lead thee; when thou sleep, it shall keep thee; and when thou awake, it shall talk with thee." When this begins to take place you will make your way prosperous, and have good success and deal wisely in the affairs of life Joshua 1:8.
Maceo has been involved in various ministries in the Body of Christ. To mention a few Alter Prayer Ministery, Small Group Leader, Home Bible Study Leader, Inner City Outreach Minister, Ministry Of Helps Leader, Mentor and Teacher.
He's a graduate of Embracing His Grace Ministry, Ft. Worth, TX. He is also a graduate of the University Of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Arkansas with a degree in Community Recreation and Physical Education. He works now as a professional salesman and sales trainer.
He and his wife Brenda live in Desoto, TX. They are members at Field Road Church in Arlington, TX. He has four children, six grandchildren and he feels grandchildren are grandparents answer to understanding electronics.
If ever I met a man who is in direct communication with the Spirit of God, it is Maceo Smith, We are honored here at Tree of Life to have him join in with helping our ministry.
Associate Pastors Art & Rose Bullis - Itinerant Pastors/Outreach Ministries/ Women's Ministry Leader
Name of Ministry: I Am Empowered Ministry
Pastor Art and Rose have come to us with many years of ministerial experience. Art, Rose and I have worked in many areas of ministry and I have come to know the diligence this Mighty Man of God and Mighty Woman of God work with.
They bring in joining Tree of Life Church many years of experience at Eagle Mountain International Church working in the Ministry of Helps Ministry. Art worked as an usher proving himself worthy by being promoted Head Usher and Rose in being involved in the Women's Ministry at EMIC. Their evangelistic endeavors have also proven their willingness to bring more lost souls into the Kingdom of God.
Both Art and Rose also served in the Spanish Ministry at EMIC and have also walked along with me in ministering to the people in need through EMIC's Benevolence Ministries. They have a heart of gold and are so hungry for the Word of God and so sincere in wanting to please our Father God.
Pastor Art now heads the Ministry of Evangelism at Tree of Life and Rose is our Women's Ministry Leader. I thank God for Art and Rose and for their desire to fulfill the assignment that God has given him to accomplish. I envision a long and successful ministry with Pastor Art and Rose for I see a moving of the Holy Spirit in their God given assignment. They are in God's total control, their obedience to God is only superseded by their love for God.
You can also find more information about Pastor Art & Rose at I AM Empowered Ministry.Go to their website at www.iamem.org.
Tree of Life Youth Pastors: James and Blanca Tuma
I would like to introduce to you, the newest addition to our Pastoral team. James and Blanca Tuma have come to Tree of Life Church as a divine blessing from God. They have come to serve and serve they will in taking over the duties of ministering the Mighty Gospel of Jesus Christ to our youth.
James and Blanca are ordained through Tree of Life Church as our youth Pastors. They bring to our church a consuming desire to teach our youth, God's life giving wisdom, knowledge and enlightenment. I am so elated in having them here, for I know that their hearts desire is to serve God with devote loyalty, and with strict obedience to His vision and calling on their lives. I look forward to seeing their growth in ministry as they help build a firm godly foundation for our youth to work with from here at Tree of Life. I have confident expectations as Pastor of Tree of Life Church, that our youth in being lead by James and Blanca, will step into God's will for their lives, and there will be godly manifestations of signs, wonders and miracles to be seen. Acts 2:17 Amplified Bible
17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, God declares, that I will pour out of My Spirit upon all mankind, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy (telling forth the divine counsels) and your young men shall see visions (divinely granted appearances), and your old men shall dream (divinely suggested) dreams. The youth and the elders will work together in unity and harmony, and God will command the blessings upon our church, Praise God.
Well, there you have it, Tree of Life Churches Pastoral Team, standing firm, bold and courageous, ready to do those things which Jesus did and far greater. I thank God for Men and Women such as these. Amen!