Pastor Dave as he is fondly called by his congregation and associates, is the founding President and Senior Pastor of Word of Hope, one of the largest born again, evangelical churches in the Philippines today; with 45 satellite churches, 7,000+ Life Groups and a total of 79 services on any given Sunday, planted in Metro Manila and the suburbs.
Through his leadership, the church was able to establish HOPE GENERAL HOSPITAL, HOPE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY, HOPE LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE and PARADISE PRAYER GARDEN - a venue for retreats, summer camps, weddings, team building, sports and recreation. Recently, another dream was realized by the establishment of HOPE INC., a microfinance enterprise that will help empower the urban poor through job and livelihood opportunities.
He and his wife, Lydia has three grown up children --- Dexter Mark, Janelle Pearl and David Glen. They are enjoying life as grandparents to five beautiful and handsome grandchildren.
HOW WE STARTED
The "People Power" or bloodless revolution on EDSA in February 1986 played a pivotal role in the birth of WORD OF HOPE CHRISTIAN CHURCH.Ten thousand miles away in their suburban home in Dallas, Texas, USA, Dr. Dave A. Sobrepena and his wife, Nellie, watched with bated breath the telecast of that revolt in living color. Seeing the vast sea of humanity that massed along the entire stretch of the highway from Mandaluyong to Cubao to seek the ouster of a dictatorial regime, he felt deep compassion for his countrymen. From those nameless faces, he saw the potential for a spiritual breakthrough in the land of his birth. He knew it was time to go back to his roots. A ministry is waiting to be born.In August 1988, in response to a vision and call from the Lord to start a ministry in his homeland, he planted a church with three people at Paramount Theater which would become WORD OF HOPE CHRISTIAN CHURCH.In two years’ time, Word of Hope which has become an important landmark in the metropolis recorded an average attendance of 8,000 from its Sunday services which have been increased from three to five services. Thus, W O H held the distinction as the fastest growing born-again Christianchurch in the country.