Hi, I’m Manuel Rivera.

Frisco, TX

Phone Number

(972) 513-8426


[email protected]


Hope Fellowship


Southeastern University
BS in Ministerial Leadership

Church Affiliation


Years In Ministry

4.5 years




Teaching/Preaching, Leadership Development, Recruiting, Mentoring, Creating Teams, Vision Casting, Communication

Tools & Software

Microsoft Office Suite, Planning Center Online, ProPresenter


Engaged: Kellye
Getting married 9/3/21

Top 3 Strengths




Student Pastor Questionnaire Responses
Personal Info
Please share briefly how you became a Christian.
I’ve always been a Christian in beliefs but not in practice it wasn’t until I was in college where I started attending church and then one day after a Young Adult message I realized that I was running away from everything instead of giving it to God. So I decided to get Baptized give everything to Jesus. From there I allowed the Holy Spirit to guide me and help me discover his purpose for my life.
How would you describe yourself?
  • Fun
  • Motivational
  • Flexible
  • Inspirational
  • Loving
  • Organized
Personality Type
Tell me about some people (i.e. authors, mentors, and ministry leaders) that have had a big impact on you.
Libba Tulous my Young Adult Pastor who helped walk me through Baptism and is Marrying my Fiancé and I. Jason Duke My Connections Pastor who helped me build me as a ministry leader. William Perry the lead Student Pastor who taught me about ins and outs of student ministry. Jacob Brackens a mentor of mine who helps me become more of a Godly man.
How do you plan to engage and inform parents or guardians about your ministry objectives and progress?
  • Most importantly partner with my leaders and form a vision together or execute their vision in the way they would like me to.
  • If you are giving me the decision it would look like this. 1)Daily posts on Social media 2)Weekly Emails 3)One on Ones D. Giving Leaders tools to partner with Parents 4)Consistently meeting with Volunteers
Tell me about a time when you developed a new team of volunteers into a strong working group. What did you do?
I built a volunteer team for Tuesday nights. I recruited them from our church onboarding process and from personal relationships. I gave them vision of the why we do this and why is it important and then trained them on the what to do. Then after two weeks of everyone gaining their experience I split them into two rotations so it wasn’t every week, and communicated with them on a weekly basis.
How would you alleviate the confusion when you are communicating with volunteers and it becomes apparent that they don’t understand what you’re saying or vice versa?
That’s a good question, let me look into this and get back to you in a few days, if that is ok with you? Then follow up when you have the right response.
Spiritual Growth
Once you lead a student/child to Christ, how do you communicate their decision to their parents? Once a child accepts Christ as their Savior, how do you begin discipling them?
It depends on their parents and what they believe but I would text them and notify them that their child made the decision to follow Jesus! Plugging them with their leader and walking with them through bible studies and creating environments catered towards questions.
As the spiritual leader of your ministry, how are you going to help volunteers grow in their faith?
Open honest unjudging relationship and conversation. I would love to be involved in small groups in the church to be able to grow with some of these Leaders.
Ministry Growth
What is your philosophy of ministry?
Give it away! Give as much of it away as possible to volunteers and student leaders so they have buy in and now we are doing ministry together. Then we can focus on reaching the community.
What was the most creative idea you introduced in your last ministry role? What steps did you take to implement that idea with leadership, volunteers, and families if applicable?
Creating a separate room for Baptism prep so we could communicate and organize before Baptisms happen. I asked during a remodeling of our Baptism process.
How would you evaluate systems and structures to see if there could be improvement?
Ask questions and look at things from a first time guest experience.
Give an example of a successful outreach program or event that you put together.
I have a friend in Ft. Worth who suffers from west nile and I’ve gathered friends twice to go down and help for a day with building and painting.
How would you deal with a teenager in trouble?
  • Separate them
  • Talk to them and ask questions
  • Inform parents
  • Inform direct reports
  • Ask to meet with them out side of church to build more relationship
  • Talk Leader through situation
What goals have you set in the past for your ministry area. Did you accomplish them and if so, how did you accomplish them?
Creating a hosting environment. We accomplished this through retraining what volunteer roles look like and making them more dynamic than static.
Is there a process that you go through when choosing a platform for screening volunteers, curriculum choices?
  • Personal Relationship
  • Recruit
  • Background check
  • Educate about church and ministry core values and expectations
What have you done in the past to ensure your church has a safe environment, including emergency procedures.
Communication with direct reports on emergency protocols
How would you describe the ideal relationship between senior/lead pastor and student pastor?
Partnering relationship where the lead pastor sheds vision and student pastor executes it as well as student pastor informing the lead about what is going on in the ministry.


Libba Tullos || (469) 514-8904 || [email protected]
Henry Signo || (214) 504-5638 || [email protected]
Tysha Solomon || (469) 662-4318 || [email protected]
Jason Duke || (214) 793-4726 || [email protected]

Favorite Bible Story


Favorite Scripture

1 Corinthians 9: 25-27