Sal Sberna was Lead Pastor at The MET Church in Houston, Texas for 20 years. He retired on February 2015. He and Kristi Sberna have been married since 1981. They have two children, Salvatore and Kelcie Kay Eaton. Kelcie and her husband Peyton live in Houston, Salvatore and his wife Katrina also live in Houston and had their first child, Valentina, in August 2014. The kids love Jesus and are actively serving him.
Sal was born in Newfoundland, Canada. Kristi was born in Kansas. Sal was raised in San Antonio, Texas from second grade till graduating high school from John Jay. Sal and Kristi love the outdoors and when they are not busy preaching or global mission work, they are outdoors fishing, riding ATVs, and camping. Nature restores their souls.
Sal describes himself as authentic, grace-oriented, fun loving and compassionate. His preaching style is inspirational, motivational, and Biblically based. He motivates people to move forward in their walk with God. His heart is for the Kingdom beyond the local church. His heart is for the under-resourced and those who have not heard the gospel around the world. This desire led him to co-found Elevare International, a non-profit organization that exists to reach and serve the children of the nations that re-launched in May 2015 as Reach Youth Global. Sal and Kristi are particularly fond of missions in Africa and the Far East.
If you want to know about Sal’s education, he has a BA in Biblical Studies from Criswell College (1984); a Masters in Ministry from the Southern Baptist Center for Biblical Studies (1992) and an MBA in Not For Profit Management from Dallas Baptist University (2007).
Pastor Sal has a few likes and dislikes. He dislikes liver of any kind, food that should be eaten hot but is served cold, people who go slow in the fast lane, and anything mechanical (he had a mechanical bypass at birth so don’t ask him to fix anything). He likes people who show grace and forgiveness toward others; the smell of the salt grass early in the morning as he throws his fly line to the first red fish; the annual spring fishing sale at Bass Pro Shop (gift cards accepted, thank you); the sound of the line peeling off his fly reel…. and he loves to sing.