Welcome to Go Beyond | Living Adventurously for God
My name is Omar C. Garcia. I am the Missions Pastor at Kingsland Baptist Church in Katy, Texas. I am a graduate of Pan American University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and have served as a writer for LifeWay Christian Resources since 1995. I also maintain BibleTeachingNotes.com — a website for teachers and students of the Bible.
I enjoy leading the people of Kingsland to make meaningful connections with others from Katy to the ends of the earth. Our missions ministry mobilizes more than 3,500 volunteers annually to participate in local and international missions initiatives. My wife Cheryl and I have three children (Elizabeth, Jonathan, Gina) and have enjoyed more than thirty years of marriage. Because of her faithful love and support, I am able to Go Beyond.
My adventure with God started in high school. A Christian friend gave me a copy of the New Testament on February 19, 1973. I took that New Testament home and began to read it that same night and continued reading it every night. I was fascinated by the life of Jesus and by the lives of those who followed Him. The more I read, the more convicted I became that something was missing in my life. Within a matter of weeks, I heard a presentation of the gospel message. For the first time, I understood my sinful condition and my need for Jesus Christ. I repented of my sins and placed my faith in Jesus Christ alone for salvation.
My walk with Christ has been the greatest adventure of my life and one that has taken me to thirty-nine countries on the planet. My life has been enriched by the people I have met and the places I have seen — all reminders of the beauty and diversity of God’s creative activity.
This site is dedicated to reflections on my journey with Christ. As a Christ-follower, I believe that I have a personal responsibility to share (proclamation) and to show (incarnation) His love to others. I hope you enjoy the thoughts I record and the insights I glean along my journey and that you will take a moment to offer your thoughts about what it means to Go Beyond — to forsake contentment and to continually “press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 2:14). And, I hope that you will live adventurously for God — daily taking the initiative to demonstrate His love to others in practical ways and intelligently articulating His message to a world in need, one person at a time.
May God bless you as you live adventurously for Him.
Omar C. Garcia