Angel Ruiz

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Angel Ruiz serves as a Young Life Vice President of Field Ministry and National Latino Director.  He is a 2nd second generation Mexican-American, born and raised in the projects in El Paso, Texas. As a youth, Angel faced a life of poverty, crime, drugs, and gangs, but through God’s grace was able to choose life. He was the first in his entire family to graduate from high school and college (Vanguard University/BA Business & MA Leadership Studies), and was able to afford school by achieving a four-year soccer scholarship at Vanguard. Upon graduation, he worked at UPS in Corporate Management.  He then entered full-time ministry at CityTeam Ministries, a rescue mission, as the Director of their Youth Outreach and Camp. It was in this role that he partnered with Young Life and fell in love with the mission. Recently, he and his wife, Andrea, pastored in Gilroy, California, where he served as an Executive and Associate Pastor. Angel started with Young Life 7yrs ago, and is loving the opportunity to reach a new generation of urban youth. In all, he has 25yrs of ministry leadership experience.  He is married to his college sweetheart (20yrs), and has two amazing kids, Josh (18) and Alia (15).  Angel’s life verse is Jeremiah 33:3  “Call unto Me, and I will show you great and mighty things."


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