Rev. Manuel Herrera, Sr.

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Rev. Manuel Herrera Sr., 87, of Rosebud, Texas passed away Tuesday, May 30, 2023.

Funeral Service:  6-8pm Monday, June 5, 2023 at Lake Shore Funeral Home, Waco
There will be a very brief opportunity to view immediately following the service.
Graveside Service:  10am Tuesday, June 6, 2023 at Waco Memorial Park

Rev. Manuel Herrera Sr. was born February 9, 1936 to John L. Herrera Sr. and Tiburcia G. Herrera in Rosebud, Texas.  He gave is life to the Lord when he was 33 years old and served the Lord for over 54 years.  In 1967 he started his church out of a home then a church on Flint in Waco, Texas from 1969 through 1971. Rev. Manuel took the Word of God into Mexico in the late 60’s where he was instrumental in saving and baptizing many souls for the Lord.  He then founded and established The Good Shepherd Church in Robinson, Texas in 1971.  Rev. Manuel then took a tent from town to town holding revivals and spreading the Word of God for 1 ½ years.  He was very generous with his time and resources, helping many people in need, assisting pastors in starting churches and providing instruction and guidance to many pastors.  In addition to his ministry work, Rev. Manuel was also a concrete and construction expert.  He owned Herrera Construction for years. Because of his construction experience and good heart, he poured many foundations for churches to help get them started.  Out of his generosity he donated money to help build churches, repair roofs or to just help someone in need.  In 1991 Rev. Manuel founded El Buen Pastor Ministries which served many churches.  He then began working with his immediate family and in November of 2002 they began building Iglesia Rios de Agua Viva and six months later (May 31, 2003) it was completed and opened.  Twenty years and one day later (May 30, 2023) Rev. Manuel was called home to be with his Lord and Savior.  On this same land he built homes for many of his children.  His greatest desire was to see all of his sons and daughters saved and in church along with his grandchildren and future generations.  During this same time, Rev. Manuel joined forces with Brother Sergio, a missionary in Chiapas, Mexico helping the elderly and orphans.  He helped build a church, an orphanage, provided countless sacks of beans and rice, bought Brother Sergio a truck, a camper and later a 16’ trailer so that those served through this ministry would not lack for anything.  His faithful giving and support to this ministry continued until his death.

Rev. Manuel Herrera Sr. loved God and he stood firm on the truth of the Word of God.  He prayed for hours, not minutes and fasted weeks, not days.  Everything he did throughout his life was done for the glory of God.  He often said, “I just want all of my sons and daughters to love one another and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.”  One of his favorite verses is Romanos 5:1 – Justificados pues por la fe, tenemos paz para con Dios por medio de nuestro Señor Jesucristo  (Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ).

Rev. Manuel was preceded in death by his parents, John Herrera Sr. and Tiburcia Herrera; brothers, John Herrera Jr. and Mike Herrera Sr.; daughters, Janie Herrera and Debbie Olivo; son, Albert Herrera, Sr.; and granddaughter, Ashley Herrera.

He is survived by his loving wife since May 1, 1966, Angelita Herrera; children, Pastor Manuel Herrera, Jr. and wife Janie D. Herrera, Larry Herrera Sr. and wife Patricia Herrera, Mary Frances Herrera, Angela Herrera, Michael Herrera Sr. and wife Christina Herrera, Pastor Rudy Herrera Sr. and wife Rosalinda Herrera; son in law, Pastor David Olivo; Moses Herrera and wife Denise Herrera, Adam Herrera and Eve Herrera; 45 grandchildren, 69 great grandchildren and 9 great great grandchildren.

Pallbearers: Joe Torres Jr.; Larry Herrera Jr., Albert Herrera Jr., Eric Salazar, Rudy Herrera Jr., Terrance Herrera, Nathan Herrera,  and Jesse Narvaez.

Place of Service: Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel , 5201 Steinbeck Bend; Waco, TX 76708

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