Pastor Rafael Cruz Coming to Illinois!


Pastor Cruz holding his pocket version copy of the U.S. Constitution.


Written by David E. Smith

Rev. Rafael Cruz, the father of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, is coming to Illinois and stopping in Bensenville, Dolton, Peoria, Springfield and Collinsville. Come on out, he would love to meet you!

Rafael Cruz is a powerful example of the American Dream — and has a powerful testimony to share. Born in Cuba, Rafael lived and suffered under an oppressive dictator.  He began fighting Batista’s regime as a teenager, and was imprisoned and tortured simply because he wanted to be free.

Rafael arrived in Texas in 1957 on a student visa. He got a job as a dishwasher, making 50 cents an hour, and worked his way through the University of Texas while learning English.  He later built a small business in the oil and gas industry.

In early 1980, Rafael Cruz joined the State Board of the Religious Roundtable, a Judeo-Christian organization that mobilized millions of people of faith during the Presidential Campaign of Ronald Reagan.

Rafael is an ordained minister and the Director of Grace for America, sharing the Word of God in churches and pastors’ conferences throughout the United States.

Now he is speaking on behalf of his son, presidential candidate Ted Cruz, a constitutional conservative and the junior U.S. Senator from the great state of Texas.

Pastor Rafael Cruz is passionate about returning America to the biblical and historical foundations that made this country exceptional.  Join us at one or more of the venues this week:


1:00 PM on March 9
Grace-Gospel Fellowship with Pastor John Kirkwood
4 North 220 Route 83 (Frontage Road)
Bensenville, IL 60106 (map)

7:00 PM on March 9
New Zion Covenant Church with Bishop Lance Davis
14200 Chicago Rd
Dolton, IL 60419 (map)


Noon on March 10
Clock Tower Place
201 Clock Tower Drive
East Peoria, IL 61611 (map)

3:30 PM on March 10
iWorshipCenter with Pastor Eric Hansen
3200 Shaler Rd.
Springfield, IL 62707 (map)

7:00 PM on March 10
Revive Church with Pastor Myles Holmes
1105 Beltline Rd.
Collinsville, IL 62234 (map)

Please let us know if you have any questions: (708) 781-9371.

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