Rev. Andrew Byars was born and raised in New Orleans, LA. He received his B.S. in Forestry at LSU in Baton Rouge. While studying for his M.S. in Forestry at Auburn University (Alabama), Andrew sensed the call to become a pastor, which was confirmed by many at the LCMS church he attended. He graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, in 1990.
Andrew has served congregations in Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Along the way, he has received specialized conflict resolution training and has been a circuit counselor. He has served several small mission starts and has done interim pastorates at two congregations. He served a long-term senior pastorate at Shepherd of the Hills, Prescott, AZ.
Marie was raised in Gallup, NM. She has a B.A. in Biblical Languages and an M.A. in Systematic Theology from Concordia Seminary St. Louis, having once planned to be a Lutheran Bible Translator. She also has a blue collar background, including her time as an enlisted person in the Active Army, Navy Reserves, and Army Reserves, from which she retired. She is now a social work counselor. Her side career is music: organ, piano, euphonium (low brass), and vocal.
They are proud parents of two adult children, Autumn and Jedidiah and currently share their home with a small chihuahua/pug/italian greyhound rescue dog named Sally.
Ramon and Maria Del Carmen Cabrales.
“Serving Christ as married and as individuals is the most wonderful experience that we have to live.”
Pastor, Ramón Cabrales is a graduate of the Hispanic Studies Center of the Concordia Seminary in San Luis Missouri. He is currently an Associate Pastor at Apostles Lutheran Church in Peoria, AZ.
With an experience of almost 38 years in the pastoral ministry, since he was very young as a Pastor in Mexico City, he has dedicated himself to helping his community in the areas of Marriage and Family.
His multifaceted ministry has allowed him to participate actively, not only as Pastor but also as Speaker, Teacher, Counselor, Chaplain, Musician and Singer. Some of his talks and preaching have been recorded and disseminated in various places. As a singer he left his voice recorded in 10 recordings. Here are some of them: Through the Times, So It Will Be, There You Are, Pastor of My Soul, Memories, He Is Jehovah, On This Rock, My “Boleros” Of Old, Romantically For You, among Others.
Maria Del Carmen Cabrales is also a graduate of the Hispanic Studies Center of San Luis, Missouri. She is certified as a Deaconess by the Lutheran Church of Missouri Synod, and is currently an Official Deaconess at Apostles Lutheran Church of Peoria, AZ. She is one of the Four Deaconesses of the Southwest District.
She has developed a ministry as a Teacher, Children’s Director, Speaker and has a special grace from God to develop the Manual Arts. Both are from Mexico, Bilingual and settled for many years in the United States.
Ramon y Maria Del Carmen Cabrales.
“Servir a Cristo como esposos y como individuos es la experiencia mas maravillosa que nos toca vivir”.
Pastor, Ramón Cabrales es egresado del Centro de Estudios Hispanos del Seminario Concordia en San Luis Missouri. Actualmente es Pastor Asociado en la Iglesia Luterana Apostoles en Peoria, AZ.
Con una experiencia de casi 38 años en el ministerio pastoral, desde muy joven siendo Pastor en la Ciudad de México, se ha dedicado ayudar a su comunidad en las áreas de Matrimonio y Familia.
Su multifacético ministerio le ha permitido participar activamente, no solo como Pastor sino también como Conferencista, Maestro, Consejero, Capellán, Músico y Cantor. Algunos de sus charlas y predicaciones han sido grabadas y difundidas en diversos lugares. Como cantante a dejado su voz registrada en 10 producciones discográficas. Aquí algunas de ellas: A Través de Los Tiempos, Así Será, Allí Estás, Pastor De Mi Ser, Recuerdos, El Es Jehová, Sobre esta Roca, Mis Boleros De Antaño, Románticamente Para Ti, entre otros.
María Del Carmen Cabrales es también egresada del Centro de Estudios Hispanos de San Luis, Missouri. Está Certificada como Diaconisa por la Iglesia Luterana Sínodo de Missouri, siendo actualmente Diaconisa Oficial en la Iglesia Luterana Apóstoles de Peoria, AZ. Es una de las Cuatro diaconisas del Distrito del Suroeste.
Ambos son originarios de México, Bilingües y radicados desde hace muchos años en Los Estados Unidos.