Joel Perritte – Founding Elder

Joel and Kari’s roots spread deep into the piney woods of East Texas and Mississippi… Lufkin, TX and Laurel, MS to be exact. They moved to Corpus Christi in 2010 so that Joel could serve as the Pastor for Students at Yorktown Baptist Church.  They took the beginning steps of the process to plant Emmaus Church in March of 2013.  In September of 2013 Emmaus Church began meeting as a core group at the South Texas School of Christian Studies and in the homes of those who felt called to join Joel and Kari in planting Emmaus.  Joel and Kari are passionate about planting a church in Corpus Christi which glorifies God by treasuring Christ as a family of disciples on mission.  Joel and Kari welcomed their first child, Barnabas, in May of 2014.

Bernardo Vargas – Pastoral Resident

Bernardo and Liddy Vargas were both raised in Houston, TX and moved to Corpus Christi to attend Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in 2009. Throughout their time in Corpus Christi, Bernardo and Liddy have worked with youth and college students in the local church and parachurch organizations, such as Young Life and the Baptist Student Ministry. Liddy is passionate about intercultural leadership and engaging different cultures. Bernardo is currently attending Logsdon Seminary and has hopes to teach apologetics and philosophy in the future. They are both passionate about following Jesus Christ and engaging our culture’s current issues.

Rebecca Quesada – Deacon | Administration & Children’s Ministry

Rebecca was born and raised in Corpus Christi. In March of 2010, she began serving as Joel’s administrative assistant for student ministry at Yorktown Baptist Church. Early on it was apparent to Rebecca the Lord would eventually move Joel from pastoring students to pastoring a church. Rebecca knew she would always support Joel and Kari wherever God would call them to lead in that role. So, being part of group that would begin the church planting process for Emmaus in March of 2013 was an easy step of faith. It is a source of deep joy for Rebecca to serve the families of Emmaus and witness the gospel transforming lives, as well as this body of believers growing together in community and reaching outward to share the good news. Rebecca was confirmed as Deacon of Administration and Children’s Ministry in June of 2014. She is the proud mother of a son named Joseph.

Chris Eisenbach – Deacon | Music & Technology

At an early age, Chris began leading worship at his local church in San Angelo, TX. In 2009, Chris and Joel became friends while traveling and leading worship at student camps across Texas. In 2010 Joel invited Chris to serve with him in the student ministry at Yorktown Baptist Church in Corpus Christi. As the idea and dream of planting Emmaus Church became apparent in 2013, Chris again found himself being led to serve with Joel and Kari in Corpus Christi. He met his wife, Presley, in their house church in 2015 and they were married in July of 2016. As a worship leader, Chris is passionate about leading songs that magnify the greatness of God in Christ Jesus. He seeks to combine the truth of God’s Word with music and thereby motivate the church to proclaim the Gospel, cherish the presence of God, and live for His glory.