Paul Cruz was born and brought up in New York in a family with mixed Jewish-Gentile roots. In 1971 the U.S. Navy sent Paul to a communications facility in the Australian outback. Out of boredom, Paul agreed to attend a home Bible study near the base. There, the Holy Spirit used the Book of Romans to show Paul that Jesus is the Messiah of Israel. After returning to the U.S., Paul obtained his MBA and worked for over twenty-five years as a hospital manager. He married his wife Linda in 1994. She has been active in Messianic outreach since 1974 and sang with Kol Simcha. Paul was called into full-time ministry in 2003. He graduated from Palmer Seminary (Eastern Baptist) in 2010. Paul has extensive experience in small group ministry, in preaching and teaching, and in hosting Messianic Jewish holiday celebrations. He helps with several local Messianic fellowships in the Philadelphia area.