Mauricio was born and raised in San Salvador, El Salvador. In 1979, when he was 15 years old, he moved to California, leaving his country because of the civil war. In April 1991 he met his future wife Ana Maria, at the Van Nuys Church of Christ, and got married the same year. Ana Maria; who is also from El Salvador, and Mauricio have three daughters: Sara Emperatriz, Rebeca Maria and Raquel Abigail, who were born in California. He served as a deacon at the Van Nuys Church of Christ for 13 years. In 2004 Mauricio stepped down as deacon; and moved his family across the country to Tennessee to help begin the Hispanic work here at Una. He is inﬂuential in the mission work still taking place in El Salvador.