Pastor Manuel Gonzales was born in Glendale, California, raised in Burbank and now resides in Chatsworth. He retired in 2000 after working 34 years in the grocery industry, serving in 3 major chains and 1 independent company. He is an alumnus of California State University, Northridge, class of 1994. He has studied in the Master of Divinity Program at Talbot Theological Seminary. He was ordained as Assistant Pastor of Calvary Chapel Chatsworth in 1997. He was called to the Senior Pastorate at Calvary Chapel Winnetka in 2002. Pastor Manuel has been married to his dear wife Karin for over 35 years and they have two children and five grandchildren.