Chris Leeper – Director of 40 Days of HOPE
Chris and Carlene Leeper are parents of seven Kingdom kids, and LORD willing, growing. They started a mission ministry called Mission One Million in 2003 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. Chris also pastors a church in La Mesa, California called New Beginnings Christian Fellowship. As a church, their desire is to do what the first century Church did, GOD’s way, in our day. In 2013, the LORD gave Chris a vision during a prayer meeting in which Christians were united in every sphere of influence. He saw Christian leaders from every area of society, as well as intercessors, united in a covenant relationship to establish partnerships for transformation, and advance God’s Kingdom in every area of society. Since this vision, Chris has been led to help unite the Church and Christians throughout the region for the purpose of transformation. Both Chris and Carlene have a desire to serve the Body of CHRIST by helping them fully express what is in the FATHER’s heart for the region.
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.
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.
Heather Nunn – Worship
Heather has been leading worship in the San Diego region, and beyond, for more than 25 years. She has a passion to see God set the captives free, bring healing and wholeness through encounter with the Holy Spirit as well as teaching and equipping. She is founder of the San Diego’s ONE SOUND movement and the USA Director with Dan McCollam’s global ministry Sounds of the Nations. She has been married to her husband, AJ, for 24 years and has three grown 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.