Cruz is our new Member Assimilation and Children's Ministry Coordinator and we are blessed to have him serve our body.
Let me introduce you to my family. Becca and I recently celebrated our 25 th anniversary. She has been homeschooling our four children from the beginning, Ethan, Christian, Stephen and Isabela, recently graduating our two oldest. We enjoy a good road trip, 26 states visited so far with a desire to make it to all 50 eventually. Everyone has an opinion about the best pizza around. We haven’t yet found any better than Dion’s, even better than NY style from Joe’s in Times Square!
I was born in Juarez, Mexico and immigrated to Anthony, NM at a very young age. It is not a cliché that this land offers immigrants like me tremendous opportunities that are not available in Mexico. I am certainly glad that it was here that I first came to understand the Good News and became the first in my immediate family to be saved by God’s grace. He has since saved both my parents and sisters and so has transformed our family.
I moved to Albuquerque to attend UNM and it was there that I came to understand more fully what it meant to walk in God’s grace. It was also there that I met Frank and Molly as fellow students involved with Campus Crusade for Christ, currently CRU. I loved the work CRU did for young students like us and so I decided to join the ministry upon my graduation. It was a pleasure to serve in that capacity for some years before God led me in a different path soon after I married the love of my life. She and I have since built a life dedicated to the raising of our now maturing family. It has been everything you can expect, beautiful, difficult, challenging, rewarding, filled with trials and joys- much like yours I suspect.
Through it all and in it all God has proven Himself faithful. Professionally, I have spent the bulk of my career serving in the retail and food service industry as general manager, director and district manager for the past 20 and some years. Again, through it all God has shown Himself faithful to provide both for our needs and opportunities to simply tell others who He is. I now find myself before you, thankful to be part of this local body to experience with you a life lived together in pursuit of God’s conforming us into the image of His Son Jesus Christ. I look forward to meeting you, serving you and serving alongside you. Thank you.