Program Director

Paul Velazquez serves as the Program Director at Hope Leadership Academy.

Paul believes that life is a story being written daily by our beliefs and choices. He labors alongside our staff, volunteers and students to intentionally write a life story of faith, truth and impact.

Paul spent his childhood in Puerto Rico, moving to San Diego during his teen years. After several years of wrong beliefs and choices, trapped in drug-addiction and gangs he came to a saving knowledge in Jesus Christ. Seeking to grow he immediately enrolled and graduated from School of Evangelism and Calvary Bible College; developing a desire to serve youth in the inner city.

Paul’s career experiences have provided a strong foundation for this position. He has previously served as Assistant Pastor at Horizon Christian Fellowship and as Executive Director of KIDS Inc ; an inner-city youth ministry in Indianapolis, over a 12 year period. Paul has also worked in leadership positions at various for profit companies developing staff, processes and best practices.

Paul loves to tell stories—most of which start with his own failures and mishaps and end with God’s faithfulness. Paul is married to Jennica, who is known for her steadfast faith and commitment to her family. They have four children and currently live in the Oceanside area.

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