Our Staff

Meet some of the people behind our ministry.

Dr. Raul Sanchez

Lead Pastor

Pastor Raul Sanchez, Jr. received Christ at the age of 12. In the fall of 1986, he enrolled at LABI in La Puente, California. He graduated as Class Valedictorian in the spring of 1989. He holds a bachelor in Religion with emphasis on Pastoral Ministries from Southern California College in Costa Mesa, California; In 2006 he earned an MTS with emphasis on Leadership from Vanguard University in Costa Mesa California; in 2012, he earned an M.Div. from the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley, California through the American Baptist Seminary of the West (ABSW).  On May 2, 2015, he earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS).

He has served as lay minister, and associate pastor at Templo Sinai in Santa Ana, CA (1987-92) and Templo La Luz in Redwood City CA (1993-99). He has pastor several churches: Templo La Hermosa in San Jose, CA (1999-2003), Iglesia El Golgota in Richmond, CA (2003-2010) and currently Abundant Life Christian Church in Oakland, CA (2015-Present). He has served both PLAD and NPLAD districts as sectional credentials committee member, district presbyter both in the San Jose and East Bay Sections, and General Presbyter. He currently has the honor to serve the NPLAD constituency as the Assistant Superintendent since August 13, 2010.

He married his Bible School sweetheart Martha Lopez on August 5, 1989.  Together they have served in ministry. They have two sons: Joshua and Nathan. Dr. Sanchez enjoys reading, sports, the outdoors, worship and classical music among others.

drraul@alifecc.org | 950.380.2045

Rev. Martha Sanchez

Lead Pastor

Rev. Martha Sanchez graduated from the Latin American Bible Institute in La Puente, CA. In 1989 she earned a bachelor degree in Business Administration from Vanguard University. She married Dr. Raul Sanchez in August 5th of 1989; he is currently the Assistant Superintendent of the Northern Pacific Latin American District of the Assemblies of God. 

She has held ministerial credentials with the Assemblies of God since 1989. She received her ordination in 2001.  She has serve in the ministry along with her husband since 1989 as youth pastors, and lead pastors.  She is currently serving as Presbyter of the East Bay Section since 2011.  Her passion is serving God with all her heart, loving and supporting her husband and be a godly mother to her two sons.


Rev. Jose Samuel & Maria Martinez

Worship, Youth & Children’s Ministry

Rev. J. Samuel Martinez is the worship pastor at Abundant Life Christian Church. He is also the Youth Pastor and helps with Children’s Ministry during Sunday Spanish service. Rev. Samuel has been involved in ministry for more than 15 years and enjoys helping others fulfill their calling to ministry and potential in life. His wife, Maria Martinez, also helps with Sunday school, ushering, and Children’s Ministry. Together, they desire to fulfill Gods call for their lives and to help all whom they come in contact with get closer to God and reach their calling.