1. Tell us about yourself. 


I am Samantha Cruz. My husband Jalen and I have a beautiful, outgoing, and precious daughter, Nailah. I am a U.S. Air Force veteran and my husband is an active duty soldier for the U.S. Army. We were both born and raised in New York.  We love spending time with each other by going for walks, wrestling with our daughter, and laughing at each other until we're both in tears. We came to Christ for our daughter.


2. How did you come to Faith Family Church? 


We came to Faith Family by our good friends, the O’berrys. Jalen and Gavin were in the same unit, so Briana and I became good friends. She sent me a text inviting us to church the Sunday of February 28th. I will never forget the feeling I felt when I walked through those doors. I felt like I was home. Being military, that’s a hard feeling to capture.


3. How has the Christ-centered, expositional teaching helped you to grow?


Before I attended Faith Family, I had only gone to church a couple of times. So, my knowledge of the Bible was slim to none. Once I became a Christian, I did not know what to do next so I joined a couple of growth groups. I was taught how to pray, how to read the Bible, and how to physically live for Christ. Everything I know today about our Lord is because God has placed me in these amazing growth groups.


4. What have you been reading recently?


      A Little God Time for Mothers by BroadStreet Publishing

      Seamless by Angie Smith

      Book of Philippians

      Book of Genesis


5. When you get home from work, what do you look forward to doing? (What are your other passions?)


I am a homemaker, so I am always home. I really enjoy being a wife and a mom. Seeing my husband come home from a long day at work and get trampled by our daughter and dog is a beautiful sight to see. I love seeing my daughter learn new things and I enjoy watching cartoons with her on the couch while eating cheerios. I also enjoying running outside with my daughter in a jogging stroller.  


6. What has God been teaching you lately?


Being in the Word a lot more, the Lord has been teaching me how to love like Him. Letting go of past situations and forgiving those who have hurt me because Christ forgives me for all of my sins.


7. You put that you are going to "Disciple Nailah." Tell us what that looks for you.


Because He came to me I am going to disciple my child. That means I will be teaching my daughter everything I learn about our Lord and Savior so when God calls her to accept him, she will be ready.