Manny Abeles

Engineering Support

Manny grew up in Los Angeles in a Jewish household. At age thirteen, he completed his Bar Mitzvah (a Jewish coming-of-age ritual). Like most teenage boys, Manny took more interest in sports and girls as he drifted away from his faith. By his late teens, he mostly lost touch with God and Judaism.

Manny attended Cal State Northridge and received a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering. He worked at Raytheon (formerly Hughes) in California from 1979 until 1996, when the company moved his family to the Tucson area.

Manny began a search for the meaning to his life. However, he despised Christians who would force their faith on him. When Manny initiated conversations and questioned friends about Christianity, he opened up in an effort to search for that something missing in his life. In reality, the Father drew him in (John 6:44).

In 2000, at a Calvary Tucson‘s New Year’s Eve service, Manny committed his life to Jesus, with tears in his eyes. Now Manny took a HUGE step, because Jews are taught to shun Christianity and other religions, as written Deuteronomy 13:6-8. But instead, he began a new and wonderful era as a Christian growing close in his walk and relationship with the Lord Jesus.

Manny became involved with the Calvary Capture Ministry, photographing worship services and events. Soon after, he volunteered serving on the Media Team and operating graphics and video cameras for each of the services. Our Team verse is from John 12:26.

In 2016, after 38 years in the industry, Manny retired from aerospace. To stay busy, he commits his weekdays to Calvary during non-service times, to maintain the equipment, connect new media gear and provide engineering support, among other tasks at Calvary. Manny also volunteers with the 50 Plus Ministry where he provides additional media support.

Manny really enjoys and loves working with his church family at Calvary. He is married to his lovely wife, Holly. They have three grown children, and four grandchildren.

If you ask Manny about his favorite verse, he will quote Romans 12:2, “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Romans 12:2