This movement was launched by Larry’s passion to see the body of Christ live in unity. The Church is fractured and divided on so many fronts, and it shouldn’t be. All Christians have been commanded to love one another just as we love God. It is impossible to do one without the other. He does not discriminate, neither should His believers.
Revelation 7:9 calls every tribe, tongue and nation to stand together in worship. How pleasing it will be for Him to see representation of every group He created standing together before Him. This thought motivates Larry to do all he can to help accomplish the goal of seeing the community of believers live, love and serve as one.
A product of a small-town southern, Alabamian childhood coupled with a Southern Californian adulthood, for as long as she could remember, compassion is the place Sonya has always called home. No matter the race, class or gender, her desire is to ensure everyone feels valued and is treated equally. Whether janitor, the president, or the underprivileged child in grade school, an unrelenting desire for everyone to be treated with love, dignity and equality has always resonated strongly within Sonya. This is why Racial Unity is a cause so close to her heart.
From a business perspective, she’s passionate about Interior Design. As Principal Designer of Fortune Design, LLC, Sonya Fortune Zamora brings more than 20 years experience working with amazing, down to earth, smart, caring clients – which happen to be comprised of world renowned business leaders , high-end developers, and discerning clients in the commercial and residential arenas.
Her passion for helping improve the lives of others, and dedication to servant leadership, helps her identify problems and cultivate the team of people and practices best suited to provide outstanding solutions to each person.
One half of an inter-racial marriage as well as a college professor, Laura has worked to be a bridge between cultures and races so that we can better understand our commonalities and work to overcome our differences. Where understanding, respect and trust reside, bias can be eliminated and justice can reign. This work is motivated by a love for God and others, and the hope of moving toward a change in American society.
Brent Daub is the senior partner at the California law firm of Gilson Daub. His legal education and training have shaped his passion to promote justice, peace, and equality to all people through principled leadership. Brent was inspired to join the Revelation 7:9 leadership team because it provides an exciting opportunity to help change the hearts and minds of people, cities and nations to love one another.
A native of Mississippi, Jessie grew up in a single-parent home with three older brothers and one sister. Raised by his mother, Jessie was taught the value of human life at a very young age and that “EVERY LIFE MATTERS.” This value contrasted against growing up in the south during the 70s, a time when this country was still dealing with racial division and segregation. Jessie was taught by his grandmother and mother that the color of one’s skin doesn’t define the person, but a person’s true character is made clear by one’s actions.
Being a bi-vocational, in Pastoralship and Market Place Management, has given Jessie the opportunity to engage with many different ethnicities and people from varied backgrounds. It has always been his desire to show every person the same love he receives from Christ.
Jessie holds true to the Judeo Christian belief that all people are created in the image of God. To be a part of a movement that is calling the body of believers to be like Christ: to cross social and socio-economic barriers and be racially sightless, brings him excitement and hope for a world that is easily divided. Our prayer is that the Church of Jesus Christ would be a catalyst for bringing lasting change.
Thad Hoffmaster is a global entrepreneur with more than 20 years experience in the successful development of domestic and international companies and transactions. He has directed multiple startups/emerging growth entities in a number of industries and has actively worked with domestic and foreign governments.
Strongly developed by his parents, Thad has a firm foundation and belief in the body of Christ and its outlying principles. He is excited to be part of Rev 7:9 and its ability to create change by living in harmony and unity as one race under God’s direction.
Pastor, Truth In Love Family Ministries/JRA Ministries
Jacob Robert Arreola is a 24 year old Pastor and Evangelist who received his B.A. in Biblical Theology at California Baptist University and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree. Throughout his college career Jacob served as chaplain for the universities premiere choir and orchestra made up of 155 students. Pastor Arreola is currently serving on the board of Ministers at Life Church of God in Christ in Riverside, CA. under the leadership of Bishop Ron M. Gibson. He is also the associate pastor of Truth in Love Family Ministries under the leadership of his grandfather, Pastor Bobby Arreola and as of recent Jacob has also joined the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference under the direction of the Reverend Samuel Rodriguez. Amid each of these various ministries Jacob has also founded Hands & Feet Outreach, an inner city evangelistic outreach ministry that is feeding both spiritually and physically various regions of the Inland Empire. In closing, Pastor Jacob Arreola associates his passion, drive and zeal for the kingdom of God and for the lost to the words of Jesus recorded in Luke 4:18, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
Darryl is a 2.5 generation Chinese-American. His mother’s family emigrated to the US as refugees during the Vietnam War. His father was born and raised in a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood in Highland Park, CA. Darryl’s Chinese uncle lost his grocery store during the Rodney King Riots between the Korean and African American communities.
Growing up around immigrant-family owned small businesses, and now running one himself, Darryl has a profound respect and appreciation for the effort and will it takes for underserved neighborhoods to create homes, start families and build communities. Darryl is excited to see Rev 7:9 come to fruition with the church being the catalyst and foundation for bringing together homes, families and communities.