Twenty-four years ago, at around 6:00 PM the Lord Jesus Christ save my soul in Jacksonville, Florida. What a journey this has been! A journey filled with many lows, a few highs, many mistakes, many sins and disappointments and the pain of regret.
In all, only God can get the glory for the reality that I am still here. Only God can get the glory for giving me a Godly wife and a family. Only God can get the glory for the fact that I have a job, a good one. Only God can get the glory for the fact that we live in an amazing home that is paid off, we drive cars that are paid off, we are debt free, and I pridefully pay all the bills in this house as a blessing to my wife and family.
Above all, God has blessed me with reconciliation with Him through the work of Christ. He restored my soul; I can see my way of thinking changing… maturing, I can see my decision-making more in line with God’s will. As the result of a Godlier thinking and decision-making my emotions are experiencing more peace and joy than never before in my life. I am a witness of God blessing me with restitution; he is giving me back those things I allowed the devil to steal from me. What else can I say… It is all grace; I don’t deserve it.
Oh, I have a few scars, some of honor, some of shame, but two things are demonstrated in my 52-years of life, the mercy and the faithfulness of God.
An independent thinker with a profound call to see the orthodoxy of the church and passion for Christ manifesting together. Angel was born in Brooklyn, New York in April of 1968, he was raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico where he earned his B.S. degree in Sociology with a minor in Education from the Inter American University in San Germán in 1991. That same year he moved to Jacksonville, Florida. After working construction jobs for a year and learning the English language, his first job working with foster-care children in the capacity of youth care worker was with Jacksonville Youth Sanctuary in September of 1992. With JYS he was promoted several times as group home supervisor, legal caseworker, and program director.
While in Jacksonville, Angel studied a couple of martial arts styles. After earning his black belt, he became the founder of Good Fight Ministries as he used martial arts as an instrument to preach the gospel. In 2004 Angel was selected Martial Arts Instructor of the Year for the State of Florida and in 2005 Angel was inducted in the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame where he also received the Christian Spirit Award. In July of 2005 Angel accepted his call to pastor a bilingual church in Winton, NC where he served for a couple of years. Five months later he lost his first wife to cancer in December of that same year. This initiated a deep valley of suffering in his life, a mountain of costly mistakes and the embracing of lifestyles of sin that are well documented through this blog.
In August of 2012 Angel moved to Fairbanks Alaska with his wife Rayette Casiano and six children who are now adults. In Alaska, Angel continued his social work-related career and his ministry of preaching, teaching and writing. Angel is the author of two books, Hope for the divorcee: Forgiving and Moving Forward and 7 Banderas de Esperanza: La Bendición de Yokdzonot.
In January 8th of 2020 Angel and his wife moved to Arizona. On June 8th 2021 Angel started his home church, not as a starting point, but as a closer way to how the church is suppose to look like according to Scripture.
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