Bruce Sonnenberg

As Founder and Executive Director of HIV, Bruce began in 1990 with a support group of three hurting HIV+ people.  Bruce was the first Youth Minister of Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, California (1970-1972) and Senior Pastor of Sky Valley Desert Retreat (1972-1982). It was here that Bruce began his radio ministry which played on air for 30 years.  In 1982, Bruce and Joni Founded the Village Church of Irvine from where he served as Senior Pastor until 2007. Bruce has participated in the International AIDS Conferences in Berlin, Vancouver, Yokohama, Bangkok, Toronto, Mexico City, and Washington DC; co-hosted “The 700 Clubs” one-hour TV special, “Living With AIDS; contributed to and been interviewed by major magazines, TV, and radio; been a plenary speaker at national Christian AIDS conferences in Moscow, Washington DC, Kuala Lumpur, Hanoi, Belize City, Kampala, and London. From 2000 to 2014 Bruce also served as the 5th District Commissioner on the Housing & Community Services Commission of Orange County; Over the years Bruce has served on numerous Christian and community organizations such as Youth for Christ of the Desert (1976-78 founder), Families Forward of Irvine (founder, 1984-88), and the Orange County Rescue Mission (1982-92). Presently, Bruce serves on the boards of Paul Ai Ministries, Hampton, Virginia; and Children’s AIDS Fund International based in Washington DC. Bruce has been married to Joni for 50 years and they have 11 grandchildren and one great-child.  Lake Forest, CA

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