Meet the Pastors

Christian Aranza

Lead Pastor

Pastor Christian Aranza and his wife Alex have a passion for relationships. They are passionate about their relationship with Jesus, passionate about their marriage, and passionate about their relationship with their three beautiful children, Eli, Finley Kate, and Shiloh Addy. They are also passionate about their relationships with the people in their community

Christian was born in Texas and raised in South Louisiana. In 2010, he married Alex, a lifetime cajun. After serving as a medic in the U.S. Air Force and then attending Oral Roberts University, Christian and Alex began their ministry careers as college and youth pastors in their hometown of Lafayette, LA at their home church, Our Saviors Church. God then opened a door for Christian and Alex to serve at Church of the Highlands in Birmingham, AL. After three years of being on staff at Church of the Highlands, Christian and Alex moved to Tomball, TX to start Valley Rise Church!

They come from a rich tradition of turning strangers into friends, and friends into family. Regardless of race, status, religion, or location, Christian and Alex have always been about loving and connecting with people and building relationships. They founded Valley Rise Church in January of 2018, knowing this is exactly where God wanted them to be. From the time the church began, Christian and Alex have made sure that Valley Rise is a place that looks like their hearts: open, accepting, inviting, joyful, optimistic, and relational. Valley Rise Church is a place that makes the complicated things simple, with the primary focus on loving God and loving people. A place that changes your perspective on life. A place that does what they’ve been doing their whole life, turning strangers to friends, and friends to family.

Joey Satriano

Worship Pastor

Joey and his wife Tiffani have been serving at Valley Rise since the church was founded in 2018. They both have a heart for leading authentic worship that glorifies God and encourages people to encounter His presence. Having both been born and raised in Houston, they have a passion for this city and the communities that surround it. Joey and Tiffani have a beautiful son, Rocco, and they live in Tomball.

Meet Our Staff

Cristina Pleitez

Creative Director

Cristina aka “Crissa” is your friendly creative girl born and raised in Southern California.

Houston has always held a special place in her heart, but she never could have imagined all that was in store for her when she decided to make her way to the Lone Star State in 2017. Without knowing anyone, she joined the Valley Rise Launch Team and instantly knew this was her church home! As only God would have it, she took on roles in the creative department without prior experience. Her eagerness to learn and bring more to the table is what truly makes her stand out!

Rebecca Standiford

Next Steps Director

Like our pastors, Rebecca is a South Louisiana native. 

She has been with our team since 2018 as the church administrator and next steps director. Rebecca is a graduate of Highlands College, and she has always been driven to see others’ lives changed by discovering their God given purpose. Her joyful spirit brings a great dynamic to our team and church home! She enjoys long walks to the production booth and the taste of church coffee on a Sunday morning.

Abbie Hovater

Children’s Director

Abbie was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama.

She got involved with church at a young age, and later decided to study student and kids ministry at Highlands College. When Abbie heard that Christian and Alex were launching a church in Houston, she knew immediately that God had called her to serve the next generation at Valley Rise! Her passion is investing in the future by encouraging our young leaders to build a foundation based on God’s Word and wisdom, and then sending them out to change the world for the Kingdom of God!

Our Beliefs

The Holy Bible, and only the Bible, is the authoritative Word of God. It alone is the final authority in determining all doctrinal truths. In its original writing, it is inspired, infallible and inerrant (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21Proverbs 30:5Romans 16:25-26).

There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. These three are coequal and co-eternal (I John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 3:7-11).

Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross for mankind and thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory. (John 1:1, 14, 20:28; I Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5-6; I Timothy 2:5).

We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ: His death, burial, and resurrection. Salvation is a gift from God, not a result of our good works or of any human efforts (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22).

The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. The Holy Spirit is God, the Lord and giver of life, who was active in the Old Testament and is present in the world to make people aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He empowers the saints for service and witness, cleanses man from the old nature, and conforms us to the image of Christ.
Given at Pentecost, the baptism of the Holy Spirit is the promise of the Father, sent by Jesus after His Ascension, to empower the Church to preach the Gospel throughout the whole earth.

The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection, and confirm the power of the Gospel. All believers are biblically encouraged to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of biblical parameters.

Joel 2:28-29, Matthew 3:11Mark 16:17Acts 1:52:1-41738-398:14-1710:3844-4711:15-1719:1-6Hebrews 2:4Romans 1:1112:4-8Ephesians 4:16II Timothy 1:5-164:14I Corinthians 12:1-31; 14:1-40I Peter 4:10

The church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of Jesus’ Great Commission. Every person who is born of the Spirit is an integral part of the church as a member of the body of believers. There is a spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 1:222:19-22Hebrews 12:23John 17:11, 20-23).

Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. In addition, both the saved and the lost will be resurrected; they that are saved to the resurrection of life and they that are lost to the resurrection of eternal damnation (Luke 24:163639John 2:19-21, 20:26-2821:4Acts 24:15I Corinthians 15:4244Philippians 1:21-233:21).

Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new convert is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19Acts 2:38Mark 16:16Acts 8:1236-3810:47-48).

Jesus Christ will physically and visibly return to earth for the second time to establish His Kingdom. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures (Matthew 24:3026:63-64Acts 1:9-11I Thessalonians 4:15-17II Thessalonians 1:7-8Revelation 1:7)