Pastor Esdras T. Cruz, Sr.
Esdras T. Cruz was born in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico and moved to New York with his family at five years old. Upon graduating from high school, Esdras enlisted into the United States Army. It was during his military career that he accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. In 1985, he met Linda Rogers in Giessen, Germany and on September 18, 1986, they were united in Holy Matrimony and to this union, they have three children; Montreal, Esdras Tito, Jr., and Charity Cruz.
In 1989, Esdras Cruz was ordained as a Deacon by Pastor Leroy Jones, House of Prayer, El Paso, Texas in the Arizona Jurisdiction, overseer Bishop Felton King. In 1992, Deacon Cruz was sent to White Sands, New Mexico where he served with Pastor Larry Green, in the establishment of New Life, Church of God in Christ. In 1998, Deacon Esdras T. Cruz completed two years of seminary school and was licensed as a minister by Pastor Tommy Williams at House of Prayer, Church of God in Christ, Ansbach, Germany Jurisdiction, overseer Bishop Carliss L. Moody. While in Germany, Minister Cruz attended, City College of Chicago and the University of Maryland, with an interest in criminal justice.
On December 30, 1999, Minister Cruz was sent back to El Paso, Texas to serve his last year in the military; the family moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, where they attended Sherman Memorial, Church of God in Christ, under Bishop C.E. Anderson, Sr. On July 15, 2000, after serving twenty-two years in the United States Army, Minister Cruz retired. In 2004, God launched Elder Cruz into pastoring and revealed to him the name of the church, New Heaven Ministry. On April 18, 2004, Esdras Cruz was officially installed as pastor under the auspices of the 2nd Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction, Bishop Anderson.
During Pastor Cruz’s spiritual career he has assisted in establishing three churches from the ground up and is now currently the Pastor of New Honor and Praise. Heaven Community Church, COGIC in Charlotte, NC. God bless this awesome visionary and to God be the Glory,