Senior Pastor

Dr. Benjamin Karner

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Dr. Karner and his wife, Karen, have been married for 16 years and have 3 children. Dr. Karner holds a Doctor of Ministry and Master of Divinity from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. Previous to being called by FBC Laredo, Dr. Karner has been a Youth Pastor, Worship Pastor, Discipleship Pastor and Associate Pastor. His ministry theme is "moving people from where they are to where God wants them to be." He has authored the book Unity in the Body: Maintaining Biblical Unity in a Divisive Culture.  He enjoys playing guitar, cultivating plants and watching Sci-fi. Visit his website for his personal blog, videos, and more!


Subscribe to his podcast Ben Karner's Ministry Podcast and his YouTube channel: Inspire the People


Children's Director

Karen Karner

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Karen has a love to see children grow in Christ. In addition to previously serving as a children's director, she has taught students from Pre-school through High School. She serves as a vocalist on FBC Laredo's praise team, sings in the chior, & plays violin for the worship gatherings on Sunday. Karen is married with three children. She enjoys music, Starbucks, & dark chocolate.

Church Secretary

Estella Palacios

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Estella joined the FBC Laredo staff in 2015 and immediately made a significant impact. She is bi-lingual in English & Spanish. As the church secretary, she handles much of day to day operations of the church office. Estella plays guitar and enjoys graphic design. Her father is pastor of Santa Fe Baptist Church in Laredo. Estella is married and has two children.

Mother's Day Out Director

Sheryl Roth


Church Pianist

Julie Reimund

Director of Benevolence Ministries

Elisa Valadez

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Elisa coordinates the community involvement ministries of FBC Laredo. She connects the church with community needs and outreach opportunities.

Click to see what's going on now with the Pantry of Hope.

Support Staff

Claudia Guerra

Claudia has faithfully served at FBC Laredo for over 20 years. She is a valuable team player and has a willing attitude to do whatever it takes to get the job done. She enjoy children and sports. Claudia is married and has four boys which keeps her very busy.