Dr. Francisco and Rosie Benavides
Dr. Francisco R. Benavides was born March 7, 1946 in Harlingen, Texas to Cristobal and Maria Benavides. At the age of 14, he gave his life to the Lord and received his call to the ministry. Being only 16 years old, Apostle Benavides held his first revival meeting in Blue Island, Illinois. In 1963, he graduated Valedictorian from the first graduating class of Emmanuel Bible School in Monterrey, Mexico. He was the first student in history to receive a diploma from that school. After bible school, Francisco served in the United States Army from 1964 through 1966. He fought in the Vietnam War, and was honorably discharged.
On November 20, 1966, Apostle Benavides married Rosie Villarreal and began to minister once again. From 1966 through 1972, he was a teacher for lnstitutoBiblico Betel, and in 1976 began a three year term as director of the same school. There he lectured on Church Doctrine, Church History, and Prophecy. In 1979, he founded Templo Peniel Pentecostal Church in Sugar Land, Texas and remained Senior Pastor there until 1985. He then ventured into Mexico and became a missionary to that country. Rev. Benavides served as Superintendent for the Pentecostal Church for 21 years. In 1995, he co-founded Cross Church formally known as Valley International Christian Center, he presently holds the position of Apostle. In 1996 – 1998, he once again served as Bible School Director for Aposento Alto Bible School, and later served as Director of Valley International Christian College from 2003 through 2005.
Apostle Benavides is the President of Benavides Ministries Incorporated and is the Chairman of Velasquez Christian Foundation. He also serves on the board of directors for Cross Church.
Apostle Benavides is the proud mother of five children – Frank Jr., Rose Mary, Elias, Misael and Rebecca, whom all serve in ministry. She has 9 grandchildren. Rosie Benavides was born on August 30, 1945 in Geronimo, Texas to Rev. Salome and Geraldine Villarreal. At an early age, Apostle Rosie began ministering with her father. Her and older sister, Lupita, would often sing on their father’s Christian radio program. In 1966, she married Francisco Benavides. In 1967, she graduated from lnstitutoBiblico Betel. From 1973 through 1978, she was a teacher at this school where she taught classes on Bible, Religion, The Tabernacle, and Christian Evidence.
Throughout the years, Apostle Rosie ministered with her husband and family throughout the state of Texas. In 1979, she helped her husband establish Templo Peniel in Sugar Land, Texas. After returning to Harlingen in 1986, she remained faithful in her local church where she served in the women’s department and as a Sunday school teacher. In 1995 she helped her husband co-found Cross Church formally known as VICC where she now serves as Apostle and on Board of Directors. She now continues to minister with her husband throughout the United States and Mexico. She is a proud mother of 5 children and 9 grandchildren.