Pastors & Staff

Senior Pastor

Dr. Roger Patterson

Senior Pastor

My wife, Julee, and I have been at CityRise since 1997 when it was just West University Baptist. As senior pastor, I want everyone that connects with CityRise to have the opportunity to discover Christ through worship, develop as followers of Christ through teaching and community, and foster a culture of evangelism that seeks to engage ministry, missions and mercy to our city. This is how we at CityRise lift our city and the world by generously giving the gospel of Jesus Christ.  

I  received my doctorate degree (Doctor of Ministry) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and my Master’s of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1998. In May of 2009, I accepted the call to become the next Senior Pastor of CityRise. Today, we push forward together as we see CityRise grow deep and wide in the Houston community, and I am blessed to follow Christ's call to serve you in that way.

Executive Leadership Team

Kirby Follis

Executive Pastor

Chris DeArman

CityRise Bellaire Campus Pastor

Robby Dobbs

Discipleship Pastor

Dr. Mark Edworthy

CityRise Missouri City Campus Pastor
CityRise Network Director

Liana Fairbanks

Business Administrator

Ben Hays

CityRise West U Baptist Campus Pastor

Dr. Paul Magyar

CItyRise West U Baptist Worship Pastor

Chuck Oak

Missions Pastor // Senior Adult Pastor // Pastoral Care

Aaron Senseman

CityRise Bellaire Worship Pastor


Alex Baiza
Associate Pastor

Jason Bergstrom
Communications Associate

Jean Boucher
Facilities Director

Savannah Browning
Assistant to the Bellaire Campus Pastor

Kristen Campbell
Women's Ministry Director

Laurel Carleton
Financial Controller

Amy Cormier
Assistant to the West U Baptist Campus Pastor

Jeny Cortez
Student Ministry Associate

Jennifer Dennis
Kid's Ministry Director

Emily Dobbs
Assistant to Missions Minister

Mary Ellen Ermis
Bellaire Campus Administrator and Reception

Lauren Erwin
Kid's Administrative Assistant

Robynn Estrada
Operations Administrator

Jazz Gomez
CityRise Missouri City Associate Pastor to Students

Lauren Grossman
CItyRise Bellaire Kid's Ministry Director

Justin Kellough
Media Arts Pastor

Wes Mathew
Director of Production

Zac McCray
Accounts Payable Administrator

Ashley Miksch
Student Ministry Associate

Anna Lauren Nelson
Preschool Ministry Director

Jaime Obando
Community Ministries Associate Director

Justo Robinson
Iglesia CityRise Missouri City Pastor

Alejandra Rojas
Worship Ministry Administrative Assistant

Antonetta Russo
Assistant to the Senior Pastor // Connections Director

Patina Sehorn
A Children's Village Preschool Director

Joshua Tao
CityRise West U Chinese Campus Pastor

Rick Vasquez
Iglesia CityRise Bellaire Campus Pastor 

Kenneth Watkins
CItyRise Missouri City Worship Pastor

Catherine Weldon
A Children's Village Preschool Assistant Director

Wanda Wong
Assistant to the Executive Pastor

Kathleen Yarborough
Community Ministries Director

Tim Yeager
Student Pastor