Staff


 

Bobby Lee, Pastor

Convergence Website PhotoBobby Lee is the founding pastor of Convergence Covenant Church. His dream is to see all of life converged with God’s Kingdom and to see radical reconciliation occur through the power and presence of Jesus Christ. His passion is to be a catalyst for next-generation leaders. Bobby is also the co-founder and chairman of the Dignitas Project, a non-profit organization that works to empower leaders and improve the lives of children through education in communities affected by poverty (www.dignitasproject.org).

He’s a graduate of UCLA and USC and currently studies at Fuller Theological Seminary. Bobby and his wife Terry live in Oakland and have three daughters (Jaci, Sami, and Charlie), a son (Austin), and a Labrador named Rudy. He loves talking with people, reading, drinking coffee, running, tennis, ice cream, and talking with people. Yes, he loves talking with people that much…

You can learn more about Bobby by following him on Twitter, befriending him on Facebook, reading his blog, emailing him, or simply by meeting him after one of our Sunday services!

1. What is one of your favorite quotes?

“Obstacles are things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.” – Anonymous

2. If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?

Jesus

3. If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?

The 2nd round game of the 1995 Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament where Tyus Edney (UCLA) ran the full court in under 4.8 seconds to score the game winning basket.

4. What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?

Not in any particular order: 

“The Show” – Lenka

“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” – Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

“I’ll Be” – Edwin McCain

“Killing Me Softly” – Fugees

“I Can’t Dance” – Genesis

“Fight to Win” – Goodie Mob

“Make My Life a Prayer to You” – Keith Green

“In Your Eyes” – Peter Gabriel

“40″ – U2

“What a Good God” – Tommy Walker

5. If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?

Jack Ryan (The Hunt for Red October, Clear and Present Danger)

6. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

Kite Surfing

7. What as the last movie, TV show or book that made you cry or tear up?

Thor


Dominique Gilliard, Pastor

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Dominique Dubois Gilliard is originally from Atlanta, GA where he was born and raised. He did his undergraduate studies in Atlanta attending Georgia State University where he double majored in History and African American Studies. After completing his undergraduate degree, Dominique went on to pursue and receive his M.A. in History from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN. It was during the final stages of completing this degree that Dominique felt called to pursue fulltime ministry and he responded by enrolling at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago upon the completion of his M.A.  Dominique went on to earn his Master’s of Divinity degree, with an emphasis on urban ministry and reconciliation. Additionally, before joining the Convergence family, Dominique served as an adjunct professor at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, most recently teaching at North Park Theological Seminary and working as a campus minister.

Dominique is married to his beautiful wife Danais Torres-Gilliard and they are expecting their first child. Dominique considers himself to be a theologian with a heart for the Church and a passion for the academy. His ministry and theological specialties are Christian ethics, racial reconciliation, contextualized theology, and discipleship.

To hear more from Dominique, connect with him on his Facebook and Twitter accounts!

1. What is one of your favorite quotes?

There is enough in this world for everyone’s need, but there is not enough in this world for everyone’s greed. ~Mahatma Gandhi

2. If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?

I’m assuming we can’t pick Jesus…so I’ll go with an urban ministry figure that’s been formative for me, Tom Skinner.

3. If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?

Christ’s resurrection, but if we were asking about an event outside the life of the Church, or a more contemporary event…I’ll say the original March on Washington for Jobs & Freedom that occurred Wednesday, August 28th, 1963.

4. What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised – Gil-Scott Heron

What’s Going On? Marvin Gaye

If Your Out There – John Legend

Califonifcation – Red Hot Chile Peppers

Lupe Fiasco – All Black Everything

Everyday people – Sly & the Family Stone

People Make the World Go Round –  The Stylistics

I am not my Hair – India Arie

5. If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose?

Robin Hood with Spidey senses

6. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

Play the Spoons & the electric guitar

7. What was the last movie, TV show or book that made you cry or tear up?

Idk…either For Colored Girls or I am Sam


Joe Nuni, Ministry Director

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Joe Nuni was born and raised in Lancaster, PA.  He attended Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD where he graduated with a B.A. in Psychological & Brain Sciences.  He is currently working towards a master degree in counseling psychology at Holy Names University.  He is a second generation immigrant as his parents hail from Sierra Leone, West Africa.  Joe has a passion for diversity, cities, and youth.   Prior to coming onto to staff at Convergence, he worked with former foster youth for 4 years and volunteered with Young Life.  He believes that we gain a better understanding of God through diversity and stretching beyond our comfort zones.

He is a resident of West Oakland where he lives with his wonderful wife f 4 years, Melanie and amazing 1 year old son, Elijah.  Joe is a sports enthusiast, a movie aficionado, a closet political debater, and a sociable guy.

You can hear more from Joe by connecting with him on Facebook or Twitter.