Gabriel Angel Ruiz Lugo

Iglesia Bautista Hermandad, Puerto Rico
Church Planting Intern
Ponce Puerto Rico
Iglesia Bautista Hermandad
December 9

About My Family

I was born and raised in Chicago, Ill. In 1992, right out of high school, I met this sweet girl named Jessica, whom God used to bring me to Jesus. On December 18, 1994, I gave my life to Jesus. Now I have been happily married to Jessica Lopez for 24 years. We are presently living in Ponce, Puerto Rico. We have three children: Yesenia Ruiz (14), Angel Ruiz (16) and Gabriela Ruiz, who is our oldest. Gabriela is now married and lives in Ohio.

About My Church Plant

I was a children's pastor for four years, a member of the church board of directors and a Bible teacher for outreach groups. I also led the youth drama team and was lead VBS director. I am currently an associate pastor, a prison chaplain and lead church planter.

We have a vision to spread the sound doctrine of the gospel throughout the city of Juana Díaz, which is in the outer city limits of Ponce, Puerto Rico, and beyond, as it transforms hearts while they surrender to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. This is all for the glory of the Father as the Spirit of God works in us through community outreach, missions and discipleship.

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