Rev. Dr. David Sobrepeña
He is the founder of one of the largest mega-church in the Philippines, The Word of Hope Christian Church. He is one of the few who have responded to the call of God, with whom God is using mightily in spreading the Good News of Salvation not only in the Philippines but also in another countries. Before serving as the Head Pastor of Word of Hope, he has pastored Christian churches in Hawaii, Seattle, Washington, and Dallas. He worked also as a Financial Consultant in Wall Street. In August 1988, in response to a vision and a call from the Lord to start a ministry in his homeland, he started with just three people. Under his leadership, the church has experienced tremendous growth. Today Word of Hope holds the distinction as one of the largest born-again Christian churches in the country. It has over . 3,000 cell groups, and 11 satellites (sites). He serves as the National Director of EQUIP Phnilippines, an organization founded by Dr. John C. Maxwell, providing leadership training worldwide to Church as well as lay leadership, and has trained more than 300,000 Christian leaders in the Philippines. He is also a member of the leadership team of the 2nd Billion Network, whose vision is to win 1 billion people to Christ and to plant 5 million churches worldwide. He has served in the national leadership of the Philippine General Council of the Assemblies of God for many years as Assistant General Superintendent, and as General Superintendent for a total of 15 years. Likewise, he is Co-Chairman of Transformation Philippines, a non-stock, non-profit, non-sectarian organization composed of businessmen, justices, professionals, military officers and educators whose advocacy is the propagation of moral values formation among our people, promotion of democratic principles, and above all, righteous governance. “Righteousness exalts a nation” (Prov. 14:34). He also served as Chairman of the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC), and Asia Pacific Theological Seminary (APTS), and member of the Board of the Philippine Bible Society. Served also as Chairman of the Phillipine Council of Evangelical Churches.
In 1994, he founded Hope Christian Academy (HCA), a Christian institution accredited with the Department of Education that provides kindergarten, elementary and high school education. Plans are made for the opening of a Christian Evangelical University in the future.
To expand the Lord’s ministry of compassion, he and his wife Lydia founded Hope General Hospital in 2002. It provides comprehensive medical/hospital services for pastors and their families as well as the indigents in Metro Manila.
As part of the need to enlarge the Ministry Campus, Word of Hope embarked on a new building project in 2003. Called the Education Center, it provides classroom spaces for HCA and Hope Leadership Institute (HLI). The new building houses a new auditorium which has enlarged the Church auditorium to accommodate over 6,000 people.The ministry under Pastor Dave’s care may have come full circle. But he is not about to retire from “God’s business” of Kingdom building. In whatever direction the Lord leads him in one thing is certain. He will follow. God knows his readiness to do the works at land, and is pleased by his obedience.