The Team

The Ministry Team provides leadership to and are involved in the various ministries of SOULeader.

Michael Bischof, D.Min.
Michael started SOULeader in 2000 as a ministry to empower wholeness in pastors, spiritual leaders, and churches. In addition to an M.Div. in 1988, Michael received a D.Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2004 and spent two years researching and writing on “Holistic Formation for Spiritual Leaders and Their Ministries at the Beginning of the 21st Century.” Since entering ministry in 1987, Michael has pastored and led at a number of churches and para-church organizations. He is an adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University and Fuller Theological Seminary.

Darlene Bischof
In addition to being a pastor’s wife for 30 years, Darlene recently served as Pastor of Outreach at Tree of Life Church, overseeing community outreach, global outreach, and serving teams. After starting and running a successful business for over twelve years and raising two grown children, Darlene has committed the second half of her life to encouraging women leaders. She leads support groups for pastor’s wives and women in ministry and loves personal mentoring. She is a Spiritual Director Intern in the process of completing three years of training in spiritual direction. Her hobbies are hiking, snowboarding, and cycling. Darlene lives with her husband Michael in Foothill Ranch, California.

Casey Cox
As a Coach, Catalyst and Chaplain, Casey has been graced by God’s favor to have connections throughout his city. He serves as a Pastor of Living Faith Fellowship ( where he trains and equips believers to seek first the Kingdom of God as local missionaries of the community.  He is highly involved in the school district, teaching leadership development, offering mentorship and encouraging families to communicate with each other.  He lives in San Dimas CA, with his wife Angela and three boys.

Anjee Grimes
Anjee joined the SOULeader team after serving for a number of years as Pastor of Mobilization at University Praise Church in Fullerton. She was instrumental in starting Serve Day (, a growing movement mobilizing over 40 churches in southern California to come together in unity and serve missionally in their local communities. Anjee’s passions are for the missional formation of leaders and the holistic formation of families. Anjee has an MA from Talbot School of Theology, home schools three children with her husband Jim, and lives in Fullerton, CA.

Jim Grimes, Psy.D.
Jim is a therapist in private practice and has a Psy.D. from Rosemead School of Psychology, Biola University. His experience in providing individual, couple, marital, family, and child therapy make Jim a specialist in emotional formation at many life stages. Along with his wife Anjee, Jim also has a passion for equipping parents to be the primary influence upon their children, helping them grow as whole persons in Christ. Jim is also an adjunct professor at Hope International University.Paul Kaak, Ph.D.
Paul is a full-time professor at Azusa Pacific University. He is also the co-developer of the Organic Church Planters Greenhouse and has a passion that the church see itself as “GlobaLocal”. In addition to an M.Div. degree, Paul has a Ph.D. in Leadership from Andrews University. He is married to Kieva, is dad to Elijah and Jeremiah, and lives in Pomona, CA.

Jason Phillips
Jason currently pastors at Sojourners Church in Fullerton, CA, where he is also a chaplain for the police department. Jason’s ministry integrates the development of spiritual formation through a missional lens. Jason is a trained spiritual director. He is married to Carol, has two daughters, and lives in La Habra, CA.

Ashley Powell
Ashley serves as SOULeader’s Event Coordinator. She is a professional wedding planner with a passion for both wedding and event coordination. She earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Southern California, is married to Paul, has three children, and lives in Mission Viejo, CA.

Carey VanDruff
Carey is registrar/coordinator for our SHIFT Immersion Retreats and takes on various other administrative responsibilities at SOULeader. Her hobbies are hiking and photography. She is married to Mark, has two grown children, and lives in Santa Ana, CA.

Mallorey Bischof
Mallorey is Communications Director for SOULeader Resources, overseeing our website, newsletters, blogs, social networking, and instructional design. She has a B.A. in English/Creative Writing from Biola University and lives in San Francisco, CA.

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