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Manuel Luz has a BS in Aeronautical Engineering and an MBA in Management, which makes him perfectly qualified to be a Creative Arts Pastor. Truth be told, he became a rocket engineer to finance his self-described “rock star dream,” one which was interrupted when God got a hold of him. He eventually became a pastor leading a worship community and a community of artists, and has been in full-time ministry for the past 27 years. “It’s not rocket science,” he admits readily.
Manuel has served at Oak Hills Church in Folsom, California for over 25 years. He is passionate about worship, coffee, the Oakland Raiders, and the intersections of faith and the arts. As a songwriter, keyboardist, author, teacher and speaker, he has ministered in the United States and Canada, as well as to Germany, Italy, Ecuador, Hungary, the Bahamas, and the Philippines.
Manuel’s first published book, Imagine That: Discovering Your Unique Role as a Christian Artist (Moody Publishers) is a practical and personal theology of the arts. His current book, Honest Worship: From False Self to True Praise, (InterVarsity Press), addresses the importance of spiritual formation with worship. Check out his thought-provoking blog, “Adventures in Faith and Art” (www.manuelluz.com), or his four solo albums (iTunes or CDBaby).
Manuel’s creativity has recently extended into the inventor/manufacturer category. He and good friend and Christian music icon, Bob Kilpatrick, co-invented a musical instrument they call the WalkaBout™. A fully-amplified, strap-worn percussion instrument, this exciting new hand drum was awarded Best of Show at the world-renowned NAMM Show last summer. Look for it on their website, or on musiciansfriend.com or guitarcenter.com.
Manuel has one amazing wife, four amazing children, and three too many cats, and lives in El Dorado Hills, California.
SHORT BIO (AUTHOR/SPEAKER)
Songwriter, author, inventor, arts advocate, and pastor—Manuel Luz is passionate about worship, coffee, the Oakland Raiders, and the intersections of faith and the arts. Manuel’s book, Imagine That: Discovering Your Unique Role as a Christian Artist (Moody Publishers) is a practical and personal theology of the arts. His current book, Honest Worship: From False Self to True Praise (InterVarsity Press), released in Fall 2018, addresses the critical intersections between spiritual formation and worship. He is also the inventor of the patented musical instrument, the WalkaBout™, which recently won Best of Show at the world-renowned NAMM Show earlier this year.
SHORT BIO (MUSICIAN/SONGWRITER)
Piano-driven, jazz-influenced, and lyrically-evocative—Manuel Luz has released four albums of original music over the last fifteen years, from his debut, A Bridge Called Surrender, in 2001 to his latest effort, Unraveled, in 2013. Manuel performs: as a solo pianist/vocalist; with the Manuel Luz Trio (ML3), featuring Matt Sawhill and Chad Jackson; and with the duo Waiting For Sunday, featuring Kent Peterson. He has also produced, arranged, performed, and/or written for scores of independent music albums over the last few decades, including albums for Christian icons, Bob Kilpatrick and Randy Stonehill. You can order his music through cdbaby.com or iTunes.
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Oak Hills Church: Biography
WalkaBout Drum: WalkaBout.