Board Member: Rev. Steven P. Herzberg

Our Savior Lutheran Church, McAllen, Texas

Steven Herzberg is the parish pastor at Our Savior Lutheran Church in McAllen, Texas.  He and his family of wife, Antonia, and two children, Diana and Jessenia, have been in South Texas for just over ten years.  Being a bicultural and bilingual family has made living in the Valley a wonderful place for sharing in ministry.  The congregation has been involved with La Frontera Ministries for most of that time.  Steve also participates with the New Hope Shelter sponsored by Upbring by preaching and leading worship once a month.  Steve is an avid St. Louis Cardinal’s baseball fan from his days in the Midwest, and that is a helpful dynamic in relating to the Winter Texans who populate the Valley for part of the year.” 


Board Member: Kari Rogers

Upbring- New Hope, McAllen, Texas

Kari Rogers is the Community Services Manager for Upbring.  This position focuses on aiding refugees and immigrants in the Rio Grande Valley.  She currently lives in McAllen, Texas.






Board Member: Moisés Pérez Espino

 Mexican, married for 21 years and has 2 children. Education: Lic. Journalism and Collective Communication. UNAM Lic. Theology SEMLA Masters in Biblical Sciences Theological Community of Mexico Doctorate in Ministries, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago Work: Pastor of the Mexican Lutheran Church in the Christ congregation in Mexico City since 1992. Professor of Lutheran Seminary Augsburg and The Theological Community of Mexico since 2000. He has taught in the Diploma of Bible and in the Degree in Theology, in the areas of Bible and Pastoral. From 2005 to 2011, he was Coordinator of the Lutheran Seminary Augsburg. From 2011 to date Academic Vice-Chancellor of the Theological Community of Mexico.



Board Member: Patricia Pena

Executive Director- La Frontera Ministries

McAllen, Texas

Patricia Peña has spent her career advocating for those in need. She has worked in the social services field for 16 years and brings experience in community outreach, case management and program development. As a child of immigrants, she has a personal understanding of the adversity that migrant workers experience and has expressed her gratitude in being able to give back to her community. Her goal is to provide the tools needed to help immigrant individuals and families reach their full potential.