Krislyn Cox is our brave leader. Ever since opening in 2011, Krislyn has been at the helm Mighty Blaze. She leads the program and is directly in charge of the other children's pastors.
The Mighty Blaze team currently consists of six children's pastors who all have a passion to see this next generation follow God. Listed below is all our pastors organized by the district they serve in.
Krislyn grew up in Cupertino, CA. She came to the School of Urban Missions in 2008 and graduated with a degree in Youth Ministry in 2011. She joined Points of Light in early January of 2011 with the intention of discipling youth but God has different plans about her reasons for joining. For many years parents who had youth active in Points of Light wanted a place for their younger children to go. The idea was brought to Krislyn by the Chairman of the Points of Light Board and the Chancellor of SUM, George Neau. Mighty Blaze was born in July of 2011 with 17 kids and has grown to over 100 kids attending every single Saturday. Mighty Blaze is not just a vision to Krislyn, it has become a passion to bring kids and their families into a loving relationship with Jesus. Her favorite part of the ministry is visitations. She prays before each day of visits that God would send her to the kids that need her the most so she can play, encourage, and love them with God’s love.
Aaron De La Torre
Originally from Southern California, Aaron came to Oakland to attend SUM Bible College in fall of 2012. Ever since then Aaron has felt the love of the father in which he knew had to be shared with the kids of Oakland. As a child, Aaron had no desire or passion for ministry, but after hearing God's call, everything changed. Aaron is motivated, concentrated, and determined to give this generation of kids a true example of the love of God. Aaron graduated from SUM in June of 2015. Aaron has been with Mighty Blaze for about 3 years now and has recently moved to be on our full time staff.
Hello my name is Ofelia Morales I am 18 years old. I am a current student at SUM Bible College & Theological Seminary. On January 26, 2017 I got hired to work with Mighty Blaze. At first I was hesitant to do more than just volunteer Mighty Blaze because I was worried that it was going to be too busy to put everything I have but thank God that I was able to arrange my time. I kept praying about my decision and I asked God one day before visits that if this is where He wants me to show me a sign. One of the little girl that I would not really talk to came up to me and hugged me and she would not let me go. She began opening up to me, that is exactly what confirmed that God wanted me right here with Mighty Blaze.
Hails from the southern end of California! Angel moved to Oakland in 2010 to pursue education at SUM Bible College where she received training for 3 years and graduated Cum Laude in 2013 with a BA Degree in Biblical Studies. She took up an internship with Mighty Blaze for a year before officially joining the team. She has been serving as a Children's Pastor and the Outreach Coordinator for the past year and half. Angel's most precious moments while working for Mighty Blaze have been praying with her kids. #LeadingACity2God