Ikki Soma

passionate about discipleship

Bio

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. 

Read more about Pastor Ikki in DTS Magazine

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.

Latest Messages

Nehemiah
October 6, 2019

Nehemiah 8:2-3 NLT

Nehemiah
September 29, 2019

Nehemiah 12:43 NLT

Nehemiah
September 22, 2019

Nehemiah 6:15-16 NLT

Nehemiah
September 15, 2019

Nehemiah 3:32 NLT

Stand Alone Sermons
September 8, 2019

Philippians 4:6-7 NLT

Nehemiah
August 18, 2019

Nehemiah 1:1-4 NLT

Advent 2018
December 16, 2018

Micah 5:2-5a

Advent 2018
December 9, 2018

Matthew 1:18-25 NASB

Advent 2018
December 2, 2018

Isaiah 9:2-7 NASB

Stand Alone Sermons
November 25, 2018

2 Kings 5:8-14 NASB

Fully Equipped
September 9, 2018

2 Corinthians 5:16-21 NASB

Fully Equipped
September 2, 2018

John 15:4-9 NASAB

Fully Equipped
August 19, 2018

Ephesians 4:11-16 NASB

New Identity
July 8, 2018

1 Peter 5:12-14 NASB

New Identity
June 17, 2018

1 Peter 4:12-19 NASB

Special Topics
May 13, 2018

Proverbs 31:10-21 NASB

New Identity
April 29, 2018

1 Peter 2:9-12

Disciplines of Disconnection
March 18, 2018

1 Peter 2:9-12 NASB

Disciplines of Disconnection
March 4, 2018

Mark 1:32-25 NASB

Disciplines of Disconnection
February 25, 2018

Luke 8:4-15 NASB

Disciplines of Disconnection
February 4, 2018

Matthew 6:1-6 NASB

Go Therefore
January 21, 2018

Jeremiah 29:4-6 NASB

Go Therefore
January 7, 2018

Acts 1:6-8

Special Topics
December 24, 2017

Hebrews 4:9-10 NASB

August 6, 2017

Colossians 3:22-25 NASB

September 3, 2017

Romans 8:31-39 NASB

Frequently Asked Questions
February 12, 2017

1 Corinthians 6:12-20 NASB

Frequently Asked Questions
March 26, 2017

1 Corinthians 11:11-16 NASB

Frequently Asked Questions
April 9, 2017

1 Corinthians 12:4-7 NASB

Frequently Asked Questions
April 16, 2017

1 Corinthians 15:12-20 NASB

Frequently Asked Questions
April 23, 2017

1 Corinthians 13:1-7 NASB

Frequently Asked Questions
April 30, 2017

1 Corinthians 14:1-6 NASB

Frequently Asked Questions
May 14, 2017

1 Corinthians 14:26-33 NASB

Frequently Asked Questions
May 21, 2017

1 Corinthians 16:1-4 NASB

Frequently Asked Questions
June 4, 2017

1 Corinthians 16:13-24 NASB