About Us

Our Mission

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 hundreds of young people weekly in the East Side and South Side of LA through our numerous programs.  We are proud to have a 17 year lineage in the East Side of LA which has not just impacted the lives of our students but generations of families that those students will produce.  Our Programs reach out to young people from ages 5-25 in order to  provide emotional support, spiritual development, and mentorship to at risk young people.


Bobby Lopez

CEO and Founder of PassionLA

Bobby attended Life Pacific College to obtain a Bachelors of Ministry & Leadership in 2007 after serving in 4 years in United States Marine Corps. He has served in ministry for 16 years and is a survivor of childhood trauma. He has been married to Mayra for 13 years and he 4 children.


Mayra Lopez

East LA Director

Born and raised in the east side of Los Angeles, Mayra faced many troubles at a young age. She aspired to always break generational chains in her family. Today she is the East LA Director, a mother figure and mentor to many students, and is married to Bobby Lopez and has 4 children. She also has a baking, clothing, and jewlery side hustle'


Natalie Bock

South LA Director

Natalie attended California State University Long Beach with a major in sociology. She moved to California in 2016 and soon found herself working for a ministry in LA where she met her fiance Byron. Together they worked to build PassionLA SouthSide.


Byron Apen

Creative Director

Byron was born and raised in South LA. As a teenager Byron began attending an after school youth ministry in his community. Inspired by the changes in his own life, Byron later grew to become a leader and even took over the ministry with his fiancee Natalie. Byron and Natalie partnered with PassionLA to create a second PLA campus. Byron is a graduate from Cal State LA with a Bachelors Degree in Social Work and has a passion to expand PassionLA's social media presence.

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"Show us where the devil thinks he's strongest so we can remind him he's not"

                                      Pastor Bobby  


Our Beliefs


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.

Article I

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.

Article II

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.

Article III

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.

Article IV

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.

Article V

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.

Article VI

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.

Article VII

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.

Article VIII

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.