Erwin McManus

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Erwin McManus
Born Irving Rafael Mesa-Cardona
(1958-08-28) August 28, 1958 (age 57)
Republic of El Salvador, Central America
Nationality Salvadoran, Naturalized American
Occupation Pastor, Author, Public Speaker
Spouse(s) Kim McManus

Aaron, Mariah

Foster daughter Paty C
Website Erwin Raphael McManus

Erwin Raphael McManus (August 28, 1958) is an American author, lecturer, and pastor of Salvadorean descent. He is the lead pastor of Mosaic Church, a Christian community in Los Angeles, California. He made his name first by becoming a popular speaker on issues related to postmodernism and postmodern Christianity, but also writes and lectures on topics such as culture, change, creativity, and leadership.[1][2]

Personal life[edit]

Born Irving Rafael Mesa-Cardona, in El Salvador, McManus' family immigrated to the United States when he was very young. He was raised in Florida. Regarding the name McManus, the minister reported that "it is not an adopted name, it was my step-father's name and I made it legal ... My mom married someone here in the United States ... that’s how we ended up being called McManus."[3]

McManus earned his B.A. from the University of North Carolina and his M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. He and his wife Kim have two children, Aaron and Mariah, and a foster daughter, Paty.

Christian Minister[edit]

Serving as a church planter in Dallas, McManus began two congregations where he worked among the urban poor.[4] In the late 1980s and early 1990s, along with brother Alex, he was employed to replace what were described as "outdated and stagnant" church leadership teams with "younger and fresher thinkers."[citation needed] He moved to Los Angeles in 1993 where he eventually took the role of pastor at Mosaic. Since the 1990's, McManus has been associated with the Leadership Network. In addition, he partners with Bethel Seminary as a lecturer and futurist.

As Lead Pastor of Mosaic, McManus speaks at four Sunday services (all considered one church) in Pasadena, Hollywood, Pomona and downtown Los Angeles.[5] He headed up the creation of the Mosaic Alliance, a loose association of like-minded churches. He also presides over the "Origins" conference held yearly at Mosaic. McManus was instrumental in organizing the "Rethink" conference saying "We need to know where things are going so we can get there first."[citation needed] He catalyzed The Barbarian Project internship saying "The greatest enemy to the movement of Jesus Christ is Christianity."[citation needed]

McManus has introduced various psychological personality metrics to his church. Techniques include the Myers-Briggs type indicator and Gallup's Strengths Finder.[6] In recent years he has also founded Awaken, a collection of poets, artists, film makers and humanitarians whose stated goal is "maximizing the divine potential" in every human being,.[7]

Public Speaker[edit]

Paid speaking engagements have taken McManus to over 30 countries and his work is featured in films, articles, and magazines worldwide. In 2011, he spoke at The Global Leadership Summit, which is put on by Willow Creek Association and founded by Bill Hybels.


  • An Unstoppable Force: Daring to Become the Church God Had in Mind (ISBN 0764423061) (June 1, 2001)
  • Uprising: A Revolution of the Soul (ISBN 0785264310) (September 4, 2003)
  • The Church in Emerging Culture: Five Perspectives (ISBN 0310254876) (October 1, 2003)
  • The Barbarian Way: Unleash the Untamed Faith Within (ISBN 0785264329) (February 10, 2005)
  • Chasing Daylight: Seize the Power of Every Moment (ISBN 0785281134) (January 10, 2006)
  • Stand Against the Wind: Fuel for the Revolution of Your Soul (ISBN 1404102965) (February 14, 2006)
  • Seizing Your Divine Moment (ISBN 0785263160) (June 30, 2006)
  • Soul Cravings (ISBN 0785214941) (November 14, 2006)
  • Wide Awake (ISBN 078521495X) (July 1, 2008)
  • The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life Into A Work Of Art (ISBN 0062270273) (February 25, 2014)

Fashion Designer and Filmmaker[edit]

In 2004, McManus entered into filmmaking. He earned credits as a producer, writer, actor, and director.[8] In a 2014 interview, McManus reported that (until 2013) he owned both a fashion company and a film company both of which collapsed financially; though, McManus later took out loans to pay employees and finish contracted projects.[9] McManus designed handbags and apparel and sold them through an internet company.[10]

Selected Filmography[edit]

  • Wide Awake: Short Film Series (actor, writer, director, producer) -- 2008
  • Crave: The Documentary (writer) -- 2010
  • A Day Without Rain (producer, writer, director) -- 2011


  1. ^ Doss, Yvette (January 2007). Oscar Garza, ed. Rebel With a Cross. Los Angeles: Emmis Publishing LP. p. 69. 
  2. ^ Gerardo Marti. 2005. A Mosaic of Believers: Diversity and Innovation in a Multiethnic Church. Indiana University Press.
  3. ^ AssistNews Interview
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  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ yelō
  7. ^ Awaken Human Potential
  8. ^ "Erwin Raphael McManus". IMDB -- Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  9. ^ Arroyo, Raymond; McManus, Erwin. "World Over 2014/07/24 - The Artisan Soul". YouTube. EWTN. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "McManus Online Home". McManus Online. Wayback Machine. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 

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