Introducing Christopher De La Cruz
Announcing the 2013-2014 Youth and Family Ministries Resident, Christopher De La Cruz
Christopher De La Cruz will be joining us in the beginning of June as MAPC’s first-ever Youth and Family Ministries Resident. This residency continues MAPC’s longstanding tradition of fostering new leaders in the church, and was designed to give a recent seminary graduate intensive, hands-on experience in youth and children’s ministries, as they transition into a full-time parish commitment. Chris will be the staff person in charge of youth ministries under the supervision of the Director of Christian Education and Discipleship, Millie Tourtelot, and will also be active in our children’s ministries.
Chris, a New Jersey native, never expected to work in the church. A fierce atheist for much of his adolescence, he came to faith surprisingly during his college years. After graduating from Rutgers University in 2007 with a degree in Political Science and Journalism, Chris worked at The Star-Ledger newspaper in New Jersey as a reporter and then a web editor. During this time, while serving as a lay leader for high school ministry at Outreach Red Bank, a church plant in Red Bank, NJ, the call to church leadership became too strong for him to ignore. Chris enrolled in Princeton Theological Seminary in 2010 to pursue a Master of Divinity degree. While at Princeton, he served the Kingston United Methodist Church, playing guitar for worship, teaching Sunday School, leading college Bible studies, and leading a “Visioning” committee. In addition, Chris married his wife, Amanda, right before moving to seminary, and they had their baby daughter, Amelia, the summer before his final year of seminary began; for some reason, three major life transitions in the span of three years just felt right!
Chris spends his time reading news blogs, listening to music (especially R.E.M., Radiohead, Arcade Fire, and Sufjan Stevens), playing guitar for his daughter, watching 30 Rock and Parks and Recreation, and reading through Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics for fun. Also, he loves food, especially any dishes with mushrooms in them.