SOULeader Executive Board
Dr. Michael Bischof
Michael is Founder and President of SOULeader Resources, and uses his experience incarnationally through coaching, consulting, training, and writing. His passion is self-awareness and integration of all the dimensions of the person and how this impacts leadership. Born and raised in Southern California, Michael has spent over 30 years pastoring and leading in eight churches and three para-church organizations. He is also an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Christian Spirituality at Fuller Theological Seminary and Adjunct Professor at Azusa Pacific University. He has been married to Darlene for over 30 years and has two grown children. His hobbies are reading, travel, snowboarding, and cycling. The Bischofs live in Foothill Ranch, CA.
Neil R. Anderson
Neil is a Shepherd with Standing Stone ministry and an ordained pastor with over 20 years of ministry experience. He is passionate about developing 1-on-1 and small group relationships with pastors and Christian leaders where deep listening, reflection, and strategies for spiritual health and fullness can be cultivated. Neil is a graduate of Biola University and Talbot School of Theology, and has worked as a pastor, teacher, and missions director in various churches and non-profits. He formerly served 10 years as the Senior/Lead Pastor of Coast Bible Church in San Juan Capistrano, CA. Neil and his wife, Casey, reside in Knoxville, TN with their three kids.
John is Lead Teaching Pastor at Seaside Community Church in Huntington Beach, CA. He has been a friend of SOULeader for as long as it has been in existence. His passion is to enjoy, love and serve Jesus and to help others do the same. His favorite down time is spending time with family and friends, travel, gardening, reading, and scuba diving in tropical waters. John is highly relational, loves humor and laughter, and loves to win at any game, or at least try! He has been married to Monica for over three decades and has three grown children and two grandchildren. The Boyers live in Huntington Beach, CA.
Ashley Powell is CEO of Agape Planning, a wedding planning business. She has planned, designed and coordinated several different types of weddings and special events across Southern California. Ashley also has a passion for smaller corporate and social events, including assisting SOULeader Resources in its corporate retreats. Ashley is married to Paul and has three boys. She attended the University of Southern California, graduating top in her class in the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies in the Marshall School of Business where she received the highest honor given within the Entrepreneurship Program: the Marcia Israel Award, determined by vote of both the faculty and students of the program.
Paul is the CFO of SOULeader, and has spent nearly twenty years in management positions in the aerospace industry and is currently Vice President of his company. He has an MBA with a concentration in Leadership and Organization from the USC Marshall School of Business and has served in numerous servant and leadership roles in his church and other non-profit organizations. Paul has successfully completed three Ironman competitions. He is married to Ashley, has three boys, and lives in Mission Viejo, CA.
John is a bi-vocational minister who has served as a teaching pastor, young adult pastor and leader of short-term missions, while at the same time practicing law with a focus on software, technology and entrepreneurial companies. John taught as an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University School of Law for 17 years and in the MBA program at Azusa Pacific University for 10 years. He is married to Lina and they have one daughter, Christine, who is in elementary school. They live in Azusa, CA.
Jim Wern is first and foremost a God-follower. He also enjoys his roles as husband, father, friend, executive director of Emersion Life, and amateur cook. He has served as children's pastor, youth pastor, career adult pastor and outreach pastor in various churches for the last 35 years and is currently leading a house church in the San Gabriel Valley. For the last three years, Jim has been journeying with 40 pastors in Africa into deeper connection with Christ and others. The day jobs that enable him to do ministry are with a property management company and the Home Depot. Jim has been married to Donna for 34 years and has four adult children.