Cesar De Leon
In August 2010, the Conference Executive Committee voted to approve Cesar De Leon as the Ministerial Director. Before assuming his new role, De Leon was Senior Pastor of San Jose Hispanic Church, a highly evangelistic congregation with a strong Small Group Ministry, for ten years. This is De Leon’s second term at Central as he began his ministry after seminary at the Fresno Hispanic Church as Associate Pastor for Youth in 1995.
A native of Guatemala City, Guatemala, De Leon received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Walla Walla College in 1978, Master of Divinity from Andrews University in 1985, Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Loma Linda University in 1993, and a Ph.D in Marriage and Family Therapy from School of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary in 2002. He also holds a License in Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT) from the state of California.
De Leon’s wife, Carolann, is a Registered Nurse (BSN, Loma Linda University) and also holds a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Loma Linda University. Though she was close to completing the same Ph.D. from Fuller with Cesar, she beaome a full-time homeschool mother to their sons. She is close to completing her Ph.D. in Pastoral Counseling. Carolann thoroughly enjoys volunteering as associate to Cesar in his ministerial responsibilities. The De Leon’s have two precious sons, Zachary and Jonathan.
The De Leon’s share a passion for mentoring marriages and bringing hope and healing to all couples, but as they know from personal experience, especially ministerial marriages are the focus of satanic rage in these last days of our planet’s history. The hope-filled marriage and family seminars they present together, are dynamic and full of transparent personal testimonies of what God’s power is able to do when two sinners take their marriage vows and accept the call to serve God in gospel ministry.
“It is an honor and privilege for me to come alongside my colleagues in ministry to offer support, encouragement, hope and friendship,” says De Leon. “Carolann and I have always had a heart for ministry couples as we always wished there would have been someone “safe” for us to turn to when we needed it the most as we faced our many challenges on our ministry journey. We pray God will make us that “safe place” ministry colleagues can turn to and pray that God will use us as instruments of encouragement, healing and hope.”
Debra Amador, Administrative Assistant
"God, if I have to go back to work, I really want to work for you," prayed Debbie Amador, a busy mother of four boys. "You know I don't want to work for a big company like I did before. Maybe I could be an administrative assistant at the conference office? That would be perfect."
The next day the church bulletin listed a job opening for an administrative secretary at the conference office. "God was way ahead of me," says Debbie with a smile. Debbie enjoys spending time with her four boys, Brent, 18; Ithiel, 11; Othniel, 8; and Ezekiel, 5. The family enjoys time together, especially hiking and playing outside.
Prayer is a lifeline for Debbie. "I‘ve come to realize that prayer is so essential to every aspect of my life - from the most mundane to the most important. I'm really passionate about my prayer life and helping my kids learn how to pray. I'm so glad God is always there when I need Him." Debbie's favorite scriptures are:
Isaiah 41:10 "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness."
Isaiah 49:25 "But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children."