God has pursued me from an early age. I was born and raised in El Salvador, where I lived until the age of ten. It was there that the Lord started to work in me by putting the idea of eternity in my heart. I had no answers for what would happen to me after death.
At the age of ten, five of us from my large family (nine total) moved to the United States. After a year in LA, my mom and four sisters moved to Santa Ana, a city in Orange County, California. During this time, I was invited to a new Hispanic Baptist church. I began attending and not too long after. At 13, the Lord called me to salvation at an evangelistic meeting. After my salvation, I felt the fear of death lifted off of me like a weight. I immediately began serving the church in all aspects of ministry, including preaching. I believe God called me then and I pursued full-time ministry.
In 1991, I married my wife Patricia. In 1994, I earned a B.A. in Biblical Studies from Southwestern College and in 1998, I obtained my M. Div. from Golden Gate Seminary. I served in full time ministry from 1995-2001 as a church planter and afterward worked for fourteen years as a full-time teacher. My wife Patricia and I have four children: Michelle (29) and Misael (25), who are married, and Diamond (14) and Leah (8), our two adopted children.
Prior to coming to Grace, I served as a member of Village Bible in Garden Grove, CA, for three years. I led a Sunday School class on Acts for two years and was an Elder for over a year.
I enjoy running, books, history, beans, tortillas and coffee.
My family and I are honored to join Grace Community Church in 2015 and serve as Campus Pastor for Grace Español.