Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Raphael Cruz, Popular Pastor+Father Of Ted Cruz, Visits Michigan This Week

Raphael Cruz, right, talks with his son, Sen. Ted Cruz (Daniel Acker/Landov)

By Brandon Hall
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Pastor Raphael Cruz bring his powerful story to Michigan this week, and Cruz will keep a busy schedule.

From lunch Wednesday with Sen. Patrick Colbeck to a breakfast Friday hosted by Cindy Gamrat, as well as an event at the Kent GOP to wrap things up , Michiganders will have multiple opportunities to see Cruz once he kicks off his Michigan tour tomorrow. Other stops include Milford, Taylor, Utica, and Fowlerville.

Cruz is the father of 2016 Presidential candidate, Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Here is Raphael Cruz's full schedule. Any questions can be directed to Wendy Day at 517-652-5855.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Noon-1:30 Lunch with Patrick Colbeck and Supporters
George’s Coney Island
39430 Dun Rovin Drive
Northville, MI
Host: Patrick Colbeck

4:00 – 5:00 Macomb Co Meet & Greet
Macomb County GOP
13441 Hall Rd
Utica, MI (between Buy Buy Baby and Long Tall Sally)
Host: John Wolfsberger

7:00 – 8:30 Preach to Regular Wednesday Night Service
Speak for 45 mins and then 20 mins Q & A
Metro City Church
21080 Penn St
Taylor MI 48180
Corner I75 & Eureka Rd
Host: Pastor Jeremy Schossau

Thursday, July 30, 2015

3:00 – 4:00 Speech at Mason Road Baptist Church
Speak for 45 mins
Mason Road Baptist Church
9981 West Mason Road
Fowlerville, MI
Host: Ryan & Stacey O’keefe

Keynote Speaker God and Gov’t Group – ongoing speaking series
7:00 – 9:00 Speaking
Hickory Ridge Community Church
1360 N Hickory Ridge Trails
Milford, MI
Host: Kathy Chesnut

Friday, July 31, 2015

8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast Event with State Rep Cindy Gamrat
Trestle Stop
3366 Lincoln Road
Hamilton MI 49419
Host: Cindy Gamrat

10:00 –11:00 Meet and Greet
Southside Inn
192 W 35th St
Holland, MI 49423
Host: State Rep Cindy Gamrat

12:00 – 1:30 Meet & Greet with 30 min speech
12:00 – 1:30 pm
Kent Co GOP Headquarters
725 Lake MI Drive NW
Grand Rapids, MI
Host: Ginger Westerman

Cruz's bio describes him as:

"Rafael Cruz was born in Matanzas, Cuba. As a teenager in the 1950’s he supported the overthrow of the oppressive Batisa regime—which landed him in prison, where he was tortured. At the time, Castro seemed the better alternative, but Rafael soon learned that the future dictator’s rosy promises were different from the brutal realities of Communism. In 1957 he secured an exit permit and immigrated to the United States.

With little more than $100 to his name and barely able to speak English, he studied mathematics and chemical engineering at the University of Texas. Working seven days a week, he managed to earn a degree and start work in the energy industry. Life has not been easy, but his faith has carried him through. Rafael has passed the lessons of his sometimes-hard life onto his only son, Rafael Edward (Ted) Cruz. They include belief in American liberty and respect for its Constitution—which secures and protects that liberty for all of us."

Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.
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Photo By Darlene Dowling Thompson

1 comment:

  1. This is a gorgeous place, and I won't soon forget it. Attended an event here sponsored by the company. The reception hour was held in one of the rooms next to the hall at venue New York. I loved their buttery mashed sweet potato.