Pastor Manny Cruz was born in Tijuana, Mexico and at the age of 8 he and his family moved to Los Angeles, California where he lived until the age of 17. It was in Los Angeles that he and his family began attending the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He was baptized at the age of 17 in Glendale, California. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from the Universidad Adventista de Motemorelos, in Mexico.
Pastor Manny has been involved in Youth Ministry for over 15 years. His unique “Street Artists Ministry” has taken him all across the U.S., Canada and Mexico speaking to teens and youth about the power of God in transforming lives. Young and old have been blessed by Pastor Cruz’s testimony of how God brought him out of a life of alcohol, gangs, and graffiti in the streets of Los Angeles to a life helping teens and youth. Currently he serves as the Associate Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America.
Pastor Manny is married to Melanie and they have 4 children; Carmen, Carolina, Caryn and Christen.