Cullen Manny founded Living Abundantly Ministries in 2004, and became the Executive Director of the ministry. Born and raised in Lubbock, Texas, Cullen received his BS degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech University in 1997. In 2001, Cullen received his Master’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech University. While in graduate school, Cullen became the office manager for two community based programs at Texas Tech University. Upon graduating in 2001, Cullen was given the opportunity to work in the same position, but on a full time basis.
Cullen was allowed a “flex” schedule, so in 2004 he began volunteering at an after-school program in East Lubbock one afternoon a week. While volunteering, Cullen saw how many children in the program were eager to connect with a positive role model.
Our director has had a strong Christian influence in his life from birth. His maternal grandparents were pillars of the Baptist Church in Hedley, TX. When Cullen was in 4th grade, he started attending Lubbock Christian Schools, from which he graduated high school in 1993. About 4th or 5th grade, Cullen and his family began attending First Presbyterian Church in downtown Lubbock. In the summer of 1993, Cullen began attending Aldersgate UMC in Lubbock, where he is still a member. At Aldersgate he has served as head of college ministries, on the prayer team, on the finance committee, on the board of trustees, as an usher and on the media team.
Family is very important to our director. Cullen enjoys spending time with his family, and enjoys coaching his daughter’s softball team. Cullen also serves as a substitute teacher at Lubbock Christian Schools, and is serving as Associate Minister at New Millennium Baptist Church, where he preaches at least one Sunday a month.