Tag Archives: Carlos Sanchez

From Prison to the Pulpit of a Growing Multicultural Church

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Photo: Aurora First Church of God

By Carl Stagner

For a number of years, it appeared hell had laid claim to Manny Rivera’s life. But this man, created in the image of God, was reclaimed by Jesus Christ in 2006. Since then, God has increased the spiritual responsibility of this ex-con and former alcoholic. In addition to broken addictions and miraculous healings, the church he now pastors in Aurora, Illinois, has seen more than thirty people saved since Manny stepped up to the pulpit about a year-and-a-half ago. God is using this Church of God pastor in some incredible ways—ways that would have never come to pass had the bullet meant for his life actually taken it. Continue reading

From the Ball Field to the Field of Souls

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By Carl Stagner

When life throws you a curve ball, what do you do? How do you respond? For Rev. Carlos Sanchez, it was the biggest curve ball of his life, but it was one he was overjoyed to receive. Once a baseball player in the minor leagues, this curve ball didn’t strike him out—it struck him into the kingdom of God. Continue reading