Cruz is our current Deacon Chair. He was raised in a Christian home
with five brothers and a sister; attending Prospect Hill Church of
love of music was inspired by his brother, Robert, and his sister,
Bertha. He excelled at playing the trumpet at Brackenridge High
School, starting his first band in 1973, but had no real success. Not
knowing what else to do, he joined the Marines in 1974.
in the Marines, Ernest was quickly promoted to Lance Corporal. He was
stationed first in Washington DC, then at Camp David under President
Ford. Ernest tried out for the Marine Corp Band, but was not
was discouraged by his lack of music education and, on returning to
San Antonio, he enrolled at St Mary’s University, where he majored
in music and minored in education. While there, he met many local
artists, and joined and soon took over his second band, “Amity
Band”. He then began a long, hard road of success and failures in
the music industry.
played in bars, clubs and private parties, and soon found work as a
DJ. In a world of dark and dangerous situations, sin filled his
disappointing life. His first marriage ended because of the
parents never gave up on him. They prayed continuously, knowing that
Jesus was his only hope. When he met Charlotte, Ernest's father
helped both Ernest and Charlotte commit completely to the Christian
life. They were married at Hot Wells Baptist Church, and became
immersed in church life.
was while Ernest was at Hot Wells that he started his music ministry
and taught himself to play the guitar. God eventually led Ernest and
Charlotte to Baptist Temple, where he leads the band. Ernest wrote
the words and music to the song, “Welcome to the House of the
Lord”, which he often sings to start the service.
was ordained a deacon at Baptist Temple, and has served as the Deacon
Chair for the past three years. He also leads worship and preaches at
the Lighthouse Rescue Mission downtown.
is a living testimony of how the power of prayer can take a life that
is out of control and change it to a life of service to God.