Rev. Emilio attended Southern Arizona Bible College where he met his wife Elvira. They both pastored a church in Chelean, Washington for fourteen years and at New Life Covenant Church in Arizona since July of 2000. He earned a BA from Wagner Leadership Institute and was presented an Honorary Doctorate degree from Global Action International for Extensive Ministry Missions Involvement, Church Planting and Leadership. Rev. Emilio has written two books, “Leading With Vision” and “Live out Loud” which have been read by church members within and outside of the District. An avid church planter, Rev. Emilio has eight churches that were established under his ministry. Rev. De La Cruz has traveled throughout parts of South America, as well as countries in Europe such as Romania and Kosovo. Rev. Emilio currently serves as the Superintendent of the Southwest District in Phoenix, Arizona.