WHO WE ARE
We exist to help at risk urban young people develop into relationally strong, socially mature, emotionally healthy, Christ led, indigenous leaders in order to change the trajectory of their lives & community.
PassionLA reaches thousands of young people weekly in Los Angeles through our numerous partnerships. We also work directly with hundred of kids on the East Side and South Side of LA through our numerous programs. Though PassionLA has a 20 year lineage, it was officially established as an independent 501c3 non profit on October 16th 2018. Our programs reach out to young people from ages 5-25 in order to teach life skills, spiritual growth, and leadership development.
Co-Founder & Executive Director: Bobby Lopez
Bobby was raised by drug dealers and gang members. Growing up he suffered abuse and trauma. Bobby soon fell into a destructive lifestyle of drugs and violence, until trying to escape by joining the United States Marine Corps. After his honorable discharge he gave his life to Christ and attended Life Pacific College to obtain a Bachelors of Ministry & Leadership. Bobby and his wife founded PassionLA on October 15th 2018. He has been married to Mayra for 14 years and he 5 children.
Co-Founder & Executive Assistant: Mayra Lopez
Born and raised in the east side of Los Angeles, Mayra faced many troubles at a very young age. She suffered from abuse and neglect at a very young age. As a young pre teen she was abandoned by both of her parents. She struggled to overcome the trauma of her past but soon ended up giving her life to Christ in her late teens. Today she is on the Executive Team of PassionLA, a mother figure, mentor, and is married to Bobby Lopez.
Jose "Che Che" Canales
Passion Faith Director
WHAT WE BELIEVE
We the members of the Passion LA – join together in our affirmation of the following articles and our central purpose of proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and introducing at-risk youth to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith.
The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, being given by divine inspiration, are the Word of God, the final and supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
In the Scriptures, God reveals Himself as the living and true God, Creator of all things. Perfect in love and righteous in all His ways, this one God exists eternally as a Trinity of persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
God made man and woman in His image that He might have fellowship with us. Being estranged from God by our disobedience, we are, as sinful people, incapable of a right relationship to God apart from divine grace.
The only Mediator between God and all human beings is Jesus Christ our Lord, God’s eternal Son, who as man fully shared and fulfilled our humanity in a life of perfect obedience.
By His death in our place, Jesus revealed the divine love and upheld divine justice, removing our guilt and reconciling us to God. Having risen bodily from the dead and ascended into heaven, He rules as Lord over all and intercedes for us as our Great High Priest.
The Holy Spirit, through the proclamation of the Gospel, renews our hearts, persuading us to repent of our sins and confess Jesus as Lord. By the same Spirit we are led to trust in divine mercy, whereby we are forgiven all our sins, justified by faith through the merit of Christ our Savior, adopted into God’s family as His children and enabled so to live in the world that all people may see our good works and the Gospel of grace at work in our lives and glorify our Father who is in heaven.
God, by His Word and Spirit, calls us as sinful people into the fellowship of Christ’s body. Thus He creates the one holy, catholic and apostolic church, united in the bonds of love, endowed with the gifts of the Spirit and summoned by Christ to preach the Gospel and to administer the sacraments, to carry on the ministry of reconciliation, to relieve human need and to strive for social justice.
God’s redemptive purpose will be consummated by the return of Christ to raise the dead, judge all people and establish His glorious kingdom. Those who are apart from Christ shall be eternally separated from God’s presence, but the redeemed shall live and reign with Him forever.