D.A. serves as the Chief Evangelist at UYWI. Prior to his current role he served as the National Coordinator of Urban Student Missions at NAM, the Executive Director of ReachLife Ministries (the non-profit ministry of Reach Records), and as an urban church planter/pastor in Kansas City, MO for nearly 6 years. He and his wife, Elicia, recently relocated to Los Angeles with their 3 children and are preparing to plant a church.
Luma Haddad has been the Young Life Urban Area Director for San Diego South Bay for 15 years. Luma directly works with Latino, Black, and Filipino teenagers in Junior High and High Schools. Half of her leaders are indigenous. Luma was born in San Francisco, lived in Amman, Jordan, and graduated from PLNU in San Diego in Broadcast Journalism. She resides in San Diego with her husband, Rami, and her children, Jordan and Yasmeen.
Ritchie Kong is a graphic designer and illustrator living in Long Beach, CA. His artistic strength involves using spray paint as a primary medium, on walls and canvas. He feels that the art he creates on the permission walls helps him connect with inner city youth. Through his involvement with Urban Arts Outreach, he is able to interpret the abstraction of his work to educate and mentor under-privileged youth.
Brandon is a true artisan & pastor at West Cypress Church. He has worked in youth ministry for 8 years and now is working to integrate families together in ministry and discipleship. His passion for art & the gospel intersect in his art installations. He has been married for 14 years and has a son and daughter.
DJ Icy Ice has carved out a name for himself as a renowned turntablist, entrepreneur, and elite party rocker. He is featured as a DJ on LA’s top-rated radio station, “Power 106”, as well as a TV personality for the StacksTV Show. For the past several years, Icy Ice has been expanding the exposure of “Video Turntablism,” through a variety of high profile online platforms such as BReal.TV, MYXTV & TrakLifeRadio.com.
Born and raised in foggy Northern California, Arielle Estoria Leda Wilburn is a Writer Speaker and Creative. Arielle graduated from Azusa Pacific University in 2015 with a Bachelor's in Psychology and focus on theater integration to be a creative bridge between intellect and creativity, the mind and the heart.
"Words not for the ears but for the soul"
The heartbeat behind her work, is a diligent pursuit of instilling and reminding individuals of their worth through words. Arielle has spoken in at universities such as Azusa Pacific University, Cal State Fullerton, UCLA, Point Loma. She has collaborated and worked alongside nonprofits for conferences, classes and workshops in the California area and beyond. You can find her voice and lyrical presence representing her Alma Mater on local television stations. Arielle is the Co-Author of a self-published artist.
Jeremiah “JGivens” Givens was born in Los Angeles, CA. At the age of five, his family relocated to Las Vegas “Sin City” to escape the gang violence of LA, but found that sex, drugs and perversion were inescapable for youth there. Givens graduated from the University of Southern California in 2010 with a Mechanical Engineering degree, and has spent his post-college years pursuing music and outreach in Las Vegas.
Joshua Chavez Band leads worship at conferences, churches, and camps throughout Southern California and the USA including UYWI, RELOAD, Turn Your Campus, Promise Keepers, and Franklin Graham's Festivals of Hope. Described as dynamic, eclectic, passionate, and energetic, they engage their audience with a unique style to lift up a vertical praise to the heavens.