Pete Velasquez

Pete Velasquez is a native born San Antonio resident raised by both parents in a Roman Catholic home. His mother, Janine, is a WWII war bride who left France to begin her life in the states with her “GI” husband, Sergio, after WWII. He currently has 4 sisters and 3 brothers while his dad passed away in 2007. His education began in a small poor catholic school on the east side of San Antonio, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, from grades K through 8th. In the catholic school he learned much about theology, about who Jesus is, but very little about the free grace in Christ Jesus. At the age of 16 Pete realized that his salvation was secure in Christ alone and claimed Ephesians 2:8-9 for that assurance. He met Joyce, the love of his life, in high school while attending Sam Houston High. College included a start at San Antonio College, followed by several semesters at St. Mary’s University, finally ending with a Bachelors of Science in Zoology at Texas A&M. In July of 1979 he married Joyce, his high school sweet heart during the second year of teaching science at Highlands High School. God blessed him with two beautiful daughters who both accepted Jesus as their savior at an early age. He attained a Master’s of Science in Environmental Management through UTSA and in 1985 he completed his graduate program but remained in teaching and began his volunteer experience with Child Evangelism Fellowship as he and Joyce served on the local board for the next 15 years. As a CEF volunteer Pete helped with training and conducting summer Good News Clubs, weekly Bible Clubs on the West and Southeast sides of San Antonio. In the early ‘90’s Pete served on the state board of CEF and in 1998 Joyce and he experienced their first overseas mission trip with a team dedicated and trained to share the Gospel with children using outdoor evangelism Bible Clubs in Moldova. Since that time he has volunteered in both local and overseas summer ministry with both CEF and now One Way International. IN 2009 he retired from 31 years of public school teaching and transitioned into now his 5th year of teaching at Cornerstone Christian. He currently serves as an elder for Wayside Chapel and volunteers weekly at the Colonial Hills Elementary Kids Bible Club. He and Joyce have attended Wayside Chapel since 1997 and are currently members of the fellowship there. When not ministering to other younger adults or teens he and Joyce spend as much time as possible being grandparents to two wonderful grandchildren and look forward with anticipation if the Lord allows more.