Rev. A.J. Pope and the Rev. Fred A. Williams founded Casa View Assembly of God in the summer of 1953. It was first named Glad Tidings Church and, at that time, services were held in a rented building at Tenison Park. In March of 1954, the current location was purchased, along with a used building that was moved onto the property, and renovations were started. The building was completed and dedicated in the fall of 1955. In 1956 the church name was changed to Casa View Assembly of God (named after the neighborhood in which we reside). Dr. Marcus Alexander has served as lead pastor since 1997.
What We Believe
1. WE BELIEVE...The Scriptures are Inspired by God and declare His design and plan for mankind.
2. WE BELIEVE...There is only One True God–revealed in three persons...Father, Son and Holy Spirit (commonly known as the Trinity).
3. WE BELIEVE...In the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ. As God's son, Jesus was both human and divine.
4. WE BELIEVE...though originally good, Man Willingly Fell to Sin–ushering evil and death, both physical and spiritual, into the world.
5. WE BELIEVE...Every Person Can Have Restored Fellowship with God Through 'Salvation' (trusting Christ, through faith and repentance, to be our personal Savior). [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the AG]
6. WE BELIEVE...and practice two ordinances—(1) Water Baptism by Immersion after repenting of one's sins and receiving Christ's gift of salvation, and (2) Holy Communion(the Lord's Supper) as a symbolic remembrance of Christ's suffering and death for our salvation.
7. WE BELIEVE...the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a Special Experience Following Salvation that empowers believers for witnessing and effective service, just as it did in New Testament times. [1 of 4 cardinal doctrines of the AG]
8. WE BELIEVE... The Initial Physical Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is ‘Speaking in Tongues,’ as experienced on the Day of Pentecost and referenced throughout Acts and the Epistles.
Pastor Marcus Alexander - Lead Pastor
Full name: Marcus Phillip Alexander
Marcus’ family: Married Marsha in 1981; daughter – Katherine; son Parker; and dog - Trixie.
Ministry Role: I serve as the Lead Pastor
Dream vacation: Snow Skiing in Colorado, Hiking in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, or Yosemite, CA.
What's your regular order at Starbucks: NOTHING…I hate Coffee! I drink Nestle Quick in the mornings!
Favorite movie: Seven Days in Utopia: Golf’s Sacred Journey – staring Robert Duvall and Lucas Black. I always enjoyed a good western with John Wayne or Clint Eastwood.
Life motto: “Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” - Colossians 3:23 (NLT)
Favorite scripture: “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” – (Ephesians 3:20-21)
Things that fascinate me: My Wife (her beauty, wisdom, cheerfulness, compassion, and patience with me… and how it continues to grow more and more every day). My Granddaughter is so expressive, smart, funny, and makes me smile! It’s amazing how much you love those little ones!
People who inspired me are: My dad who was my mentor and friend and who was the example of humility and Godliness before me. Two pastors I have served with (J. Don George & Gregg Headley), and some key college professors who poured their life into me when I needed direction.
Previous jobs: As a young teen I worked as a farm laborer in the watermelon fields of Eastern Oklahoma, in a grocery store as a sacker, in high school I delivered flowers for my mother’s flower shop, in college I was a mail clerk for Gulf Oil Corp., a valet car parker in college, metal cutting machine operator for Acme Fan Company, after that, I became a youth/music pastor, and then an associate pastor, College Professor/Administrator, Elementary Christian School Administrator, church Business Administrator/senior associate pastor, and then Senior Pastor of Casa View Assembly of God.
One thing that most people don't know about me: I used to sing in a Southern Gospel Quartet from Gospel Lighthouse Church called “The Reflections”… As a teen, I had a minibike with a 5 hp Briggs & Stratton motor… In college each weekend I traveled and toured as a member of the Messenger Choir (SBC), The Harvester Choir (SAGU), and the Signs of Praise Choir (SAGU).
How many Academic Degrees have you earned? Believe it or not, I do have five (5) earned academic degrees: After graduating in 1973 from HS in Checotah, Oklahoma I went to Houston, Texas to Southern Bible College and received an Associate of Arts degree in 1975. I transferred to Waxahachie, Texas to Southwestern AG College and was awarded a Bachelor Of Science degree in 1977. That fall, I enrolled at the Assemblies of God Graduate School and graduated the following Summer with a MA degree. I was accepted into SWBTS in Fort Worth Texas, and earned both a MRE (79) and Ed.D (86) [in 1994 changed to Ph.D.]
When and where did you accept Jesus: I was raised in a Christian Pastor’s home and don’t ever remember not being a Christian. I responded to almost every alter call rededicating my life to the Lord continually.
Music that moves me: I love worship music.
Favorite singer or band: I was raised on Southern Gospel, as a youth Andre Crouch had a great impact on my life. I don’t really have a favorite singer today other than Artie Hass. I enjoy most praise and worship!
Peeves: The sound of a person eating any crunching sound drives me up a wall (unless I am also crunching). If I am in a meeting and a person is crunching ice or the noise of candy wrappers, or crunching chips or nuts …it drives me up a wall the inside! ALSO, If you borrow a tool… please put it back where it came from! If you take anything from any room in the church… please return it where it belongs! AND clean up after yourself! I don’t like a lot of clutter!
Life-changing moment: When I married Marsha and adopting my two children, and experiencing being a grandpa with my first grandchild.
Hidden talent: As a residential house painter I can “cut in” without using painter's tape and it looks professional! (My older cousin was a professional painter and worked with him during a Summer and he showed me some of the tricks of the painting trade!)
Fears: I’m not too fond of snakes, large spiders, or dark parking garages at hospitals on the weekends.
Favorite book: That’s a hard one other than the Bible here are two of the many: Stories I Couldn’t Tell While I Was A Pastor, Bruce McIver; The Man That Could Do No Wrong, Charles Blair
Quirks: I often have to sleep with my feet out of the cover because they get too hot, I have to have my orthopedic pillow so I don’t get a crick in my neck, in recent years I have had a hearing loss that makes it very difficult for me to hear speech if there is any background noise.
In my spare time I... enjoy yard work, taking my wife grocery store coupon shopping (a half-day affair), reading, watch local sports (Mavericks, Rangers, Cowboys), and a few times a year take my wife to Canton first Monday trade days, and spending time with my Granddaughter! I enjoy fishing, hunting, and traveling to new places, but seldom get to do any of those things unless on vacation.
My least favorite food: Liver…Sauerkraut…Lemon Pie… I pretty much like everything else.
What makes you laugh? My wife, my granddaughter, my dog, and everybody else.
What is weird about you? My comfort zone is usually doing the same routine… each day, each week, each year. I am a bit OCD when it comes to my possessions. (Being married to Marsha has helped me loosen up in this area.)
The most exotic place you've ever been to: Katmai National Park, Alaska – to see the Kodiak Bears at Brooks Falls. An ATV ride on the banks of the Knik River and seeing the Knik Glacier. Taking the tour of Denali National Park to view Mount McKinley (Denali).
The most adventurous thing you've ever done: Ask Marsha to marry me...(it took me a looooooong time to do it.)
My least favorite thing to do: Waiting at the airport for the remote parking van.
Artie Hass - Worship Pastor
Full name: Artie Lee Hass
Artie’s family: Brenda, Alisa Yates, Aaron Hass, Alanna Thompson
Ministry Role: Worship Leader, Choir Director
Dream vacation: anywhere with a beach.
What's your regular order at Starbucks: Black Tea/7 pumps classic.
Favorite movie: anything John Wayne.
Life motto: Follow God’s Word, live by His standards.
Favorite scripture: Psalm 23. Psalm 96.
Things that fascinate me: Anything history related.
People who inspired me: Jim Henderson, my high school choir director, Dallas Holm, Steven Curtis Chapman & Chris Tomlin.
Previous jobs: Owner: Westside Barber Shop – Teacher Garland ISD
One thing that most people don't know about me: I owned a barber shop in Commerce, Tx.
When and where did you accept Jesus: At home with my grandmother, April 7, 1961.
Music that moves me: worship music, southern gospel & choral music.
Favorite singer or band: Dallas Holm, Steven Curtis Chapman & Chris Tomlin
Peeves: People talking while I’m watching TV. People arriving late!
Life-changing moment: Meeting Brenda & Graduation from college to teach.
Hidden talent: I can fix things.
Fears: Heights, even though I went sky diving twice. Snakes…
Favorite book: Don’t really like to read…
Quirks: I like things done neatly and in order.
In my spare time I enjoy my record collection and jukebox.
My least favorite food: Sushi
What makes you laugh? My grandchildren & my friends.
The most adventurous thing you've ever done: Sky diving.
My least favorite thing to do: Cook & wash dishes.
Annaliese Penix - Children's Ministry Director
Full name: Annaliese Faith Penix
Annaliese’s family: I have a crazy orange cat named Mango.
Ministry Role: I serve as the Children's Ministry Director and Interim Youth Ministry Director
Dream vacation: A tour of Europe.
What's your regular order at Starbucks: Iced Shaken Espresso, with macadamia syrup and cold foam.
Favorite movie: The Prince of Egypt.
Life motto: Praise the Lord in all things.
Favorite scripture: "Rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us." Romans 5:3-5 (ESV)
Things that fascinate me: People with amazing talent or photographic memories.
People who inspired me are: Elaine, my Missionette's teacher growing up.
Previous jobs: I am bi-vocational and am a substitute teacher for Mesquite ISD. In High School, my first job was as a customer service representative for a gym when I was 16. I went on to work at a couple of retail stores, such as Target and Academy. There was also a brief period of time in college in which I worked the graveyard shift, 9 pm -7 am, at the front desk of a hotel.
One thing that most people don't know about me: I was in Academic Decathlon in High School.
When and where did you accept Jesus: As a very young kid in my living room with my family.
Music that moves me: I love most worship music and love jazz music.
Favorite singer or band: Ella Fitzgerald or Billie Holiday.
Peeves: I don't like it when people aren't kind to customer service workers, they're just trying to help. The very least you can do is be nice to everyone.
Life-changing moment: Going to summer church camps at Lakeview. The Lord really pulled on my heart every summer.
Hidden talent: I can whistle at a very high pitch, it sounds like a dog whistle.
Fears: Probably getting kidnapped.
Favorite book: My favorite book of the bible is currently James. However, other than the bible I love adventure fiction novels. I read all the time it is absolutely one of my favorite hobbies.
Quirks: I like to sleep with my ears covered. I usually put pillows on both sides of my head.
In my spare time I... read a lot of books or hang out with my friends.
My least favorite food: Seafood
What makes you laugh? Just about everything. The kids in the children's ministry program crack me up and I love laughing with my friends and it is always about the silliest of things.
What is weird about you? That I am absolutely in love with my job. I genuinely believe I have the best job in the world. I get paid to literally hang out with kids and share bible stories and play games with them and I get to have fun every day.
The most exotic place you've ever been to: New York City or California.
My least favorite thing to do: Go to the DMV.