Fast Forward: David Cazorla '05
Career: Producer, InTouch Ministries
Hometown: Canary Islands, Spain
Current Home: Atlanta, GA
Family: Wife: Melissa (Court ’05); Children: Alexander (2), Eliana (born 10/27/13)
Walking Through Open Doors
David Cazorla arrived at Northwestern to complete his final year of college after studying three years at the Center for Christian Communications in Ecuador. He immersed himself in college life, playing soccer and working student jobs for Northwestern’s admissions and public relations departments.
His broadcasting degree prepared him for his chosen field and, even more important, increased his understanding of who God is and how God works. “We are not here to be a good producer, lawyer, doctor. We’re here to be tools in God’s hands,” Cazorla said. “Northwestern helped me to realize it’s about being a missionary and then a doctor; a missionary and then a lawyer.”
Following God into ministry
Cazorla’s faith and career intersected right after graduation. Through Northwestern connections he found a job at the Christian Broadcasting Network in Virginia Beach, Virginia. “I jumped into Christian ministry, working in TV as an associate producer,” he said. “God opened doors.” But after 4 1/2 years that door closed due to cutbacks.
After applying for “a ton” of different jobs he got a call from a place he had not applied. The caller from In Touch Ministries in Atlanta asked if he might be interested in a job as a producer. “I started laughing,” Cazorla recalled. “I said, ‘I’ve been praying for a job for the last three months.’ I look back and see again how God opened doors. I was amazed.”
Cazorla is passionate about his recent work in Brazil and Paraguay as part of a project translating Dr. Charles Stanley’s messages into indigenous languages. “We’re able to give tools for people to hear the Word of God. Many of these people can’t write or read so if they get a Bible they don’t know how to read it. But if they get something they can hear, they will learn about God.”