Chris Leeper – Director of 40 Days of HOPE
Chris and Carlene Leeper have been married for 21 yrs and are parents to eight amazing Kingdom kids. Carlene is a wonderful homemaker and home schools all eight of their children. Chris was called into full time ministry six months after he accepted the LORD at age 21. He has served in many roles in the church, from usher, deacon, outreach pastor, missionary and lead pastor. In 2003 he started a mission ministry called Mission One Million to raise up orphan children to become missionaries and leaders in India, as well as support and strengthen pastors and leaders around the world by training them in a SPIRIT Empowered Lifestyle and teaching them how to bring the Kingdom of GOD to their cities. In 2013, the LORD gave Chris a vision during a prayer meeting in which Christians were united in every sphere of society. He saw Christian leaders from every area, as well as intercessors, united in a covenant relationship to establish partnerships for societal transformation, and advance God’s Kingdom in their area of influence. Since this vision, Chris has been led to help unite the Church and Christians throughout California as well as internationally for the purpose of transformation. Both Chris and Carlene simply desire to be servants to the Body of CHRIST by helping them fully express what is in the FATHER’s heart for their communities, state and nations.
Michael and Annie Griffiths (Director of Unite San Diego)
Michael and Annie Griffiths, were first called to missionary work in 1984, they served with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) in Hawaii and Northern California and were part of the founding team establishing YWAM bases in both San Francisco and Chico. For three years they directed a missions school in their local church leading teams into cross-cultural missions when they received a call to be missionaries to San Francisco and California. For years, Michael coordinated the March for Jesus efforts in San Francisco, around the Bay Area and Northern California. They led The California Prayer walk in March of 1995 crying out for spiritual awakening along the 800-mile route from San Diego to San Francisco know as El Camino Real. From October 1995 until July 2001 Michael and Annie served full time with Ed Silvoso in San Jose as the West Coast Director of Harvest Evangelism with a primary focus on the San Francisco Bay Area and California. They have helped lay the foundation for intercessory prayer movements, Pastor’s Prayer Summits and Pray The Bay.
Even while working secularly as a civil engineer, Michael invested significant time and energy to building relationships with Church leaders to see the kingdom of God come to cities in California. From 2001 until his recent retirement on May 8, 2014 Michael served the City of El Cajon as the Deputy Director of Public Works learning how to run a city in California from the inside out and top down. Michael is a licensed Professional Civil Engineer since 1975 and has practiced civil engineering in California for over 40 years. Michael is a ”spiritual” highway builder, building a highway for the Lord to gain entrance into many cities.
Michael is an ordained minister sent out by the Novato Open Door Church and the Church of Marin County in 1995 as a missionary to the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Michael and Annie have a focus and a passion to see all of California transformed by bringing the Kingdom of God into the heart of the city, one city at a time. He currently is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Unite San Diego. He and his wife Annie have been married 46 years and reside in El Cajon. They have three grown children and four grandchildren.
Iosefa & Eunice Barruel-Lam Yuen – Founder and International Directors
Iosefa and Eunice Barruel-Lam Yuen are worshipers whose desire is to see the nations worship. Eunice is the Founder and Executive Director of New Strength International Ministries (NSIM), and Global Day of Worship, TM (GDW), whose mission is to usher the glory of God to the nations for transformation and harvest. She along with her husband, desire to partner with national and international churches, ministries and organizations in order to exhort, equip and release them to fulfill their purposes and destinies. One main focus of NSIM is to teach and train children in orphanages in worship and arts. Through this training, children will be introduced to Jesus and be equipped to have overcoming lives despite circumstances. Eunice travels nationally and internationally teaching in conferences and leading people to worship in freedom. Eunice is an alumna of the Regent University School of Business.
George Runyan – Connecting Churches
Pastor Runyan has been involved with planting eleven churches nationally and internationally. He is Founder and Director of City Church Ministries, networking with hundreds of pastors and civic leaders throughout the San Diego region. He is a Faculty member of Vision International University where he serves on the Board of Regents. He is an author and has been a radio broadcaster for many years.
George is working with ministers from other cities who carry a similar vision for a united church in the locality. His passion has been to see the walls of separation between churches, ethnic groups, and civil government broken down. He has authored a number of booklets, training materials, and has two books on the Person and Work of the Holy Spirit. George and his lovely wife Becky have seven children and sixteen grandchildren. They live near San Diego, California.
Pete Contreras – Outreach/Evangelism
Senior Pastor of New Vision Christian Fellowship, San Diego
Pete brings 20 years of urban ministry experience in the cities of LA and San Diego. His passion is to develop ministries and empower others to serve their community with the love of Christ. Pete lives in the City Heights section of San Diego with his wife, Julie and their four children.
Craig Muster – Worship
Craig’s passion is to awaken generations to God’s love, power and truth as well as establish a training and reformation center for San Diego that will impact the world.