passionate about discipleship
Ikki Soma, Lead Pastor, has led City of Refuge since 2012. Ikki was born in Tokyo and reared in California’s San Francisco Bay Area. While Ikki was in high school, God used his Christian rugby coach and teammates to lead him to trust the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior.
Ikki’s ministry began while still a seminary student, as pastoral assistant to Dr. Tony Evans at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship. There he developed passions for multicultural preaching, discipleship, and leadership. After graduation, he planted a multi-ethnic church and then pastored college and young adults in San Antonio. He serves as a chaplain for the Houston Rockets and also conducts chapels for several college teams.
Ikki and Tara, a university administrator and his wife of 20 years, have two daughters. Kimi is a freshman at Southern Nazarene University. Grace is a junior in high school.
Greatest Delight: Watching his daughters play volleyball
Master of Theology. Pastoral Ministry. Dallas Theological Seminary. 1999
Bachelor of Science in Animal Science. California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. 1994
Doctoral studies in Leadership. Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio.