Our Leadership

Our Leadership Team

Dr. O. Sonny Acho, Ph.D - Senior Pastor

Dr. Sonny Acho, Ph.D., is the Senior Pastor of Living Hope Bible Fellowship Church, a multicultural ministry whose motto is “Discipling Locally to Impact Globally” located in North Dallas. He is the founder and president of Living Hope Christian Ministries, a ministry devoted to bringing about long-term change in Africa through the local church.

Every year Dr. Sonny Acho takes the good news of Jesus Christ to Africa and beyond with a group of medical professionals, pastors and volunteers through medical outreach, pastor conferences, and radio ministry.

In addition to his ministerial service within the local church, Dr. Sonny Acho maintains a private practice in Dallas, where he ministers to a broader community of believers and non-believers. He is a highly respected mental health professional with a thriving practice in the D/FW area for over eighteen years with a strong focus on family and marriage counseling.

For 25 years Dr. Sonny Acho was a part of the Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, where he served as Associate Pastor over the Fellowship Ministry for about sixteen years.

He served as an Adjunct Professor at Dallas Theological Seminary for five years, and is a national and international conference speaker. He has published two books, “Picking up the Pieces” in 1996 by Crossway Publishers and “If You Only Knew” in 2003 by Moody Publishers.

Dr. Acho has been married for 25 years to Christie and together they have four children.

Minister Willie Brown - Assistant and Outreach Pastor

Willie has been married to Kimberlay Tanner-Brown for 30 years. Together that have two sons, DeAndre and Brandon and a daughter Sharkira.  They have seven grandchildren.   

Willie graduated from Odessa College and then continued his education in Biblical Studies at Light University where obtained a certificate in Biblical Counseling from the American Association of Christian Counseling.

Willie served as a Deacon at Mt. Rose Full Gospel Church in Midland Texas where se served as Youth Leader, Finance Team Member and Associate Pastor.  

In 2009 Wllie moved membership to True Light Fellowship in Midland Texas.  There he served in the Nursing Home Ministry, Apartment Ministry, Board member of New Directions Ministry, New Member Facilitator and Couples Counseling.  

Willie's job relocated him to the DFW area in 2012 where he became a member of the Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church where he completed Leadership training and licensing for Ministry.  At Oak Cliff he served in the following ministries:  Spiritual Growth, Small Groups, Comfort and Care and Post-Bereavement as Team Captain.   

Willie joined LHBFC in 2018 as an assistant to Dr. Acho and also to work with outreach, leadership development and church development.


Sika Inyang - Youth Director

Sika is married to Zakia a licenced professional counselor and they recently had their first child in January 2019.  Sika first attended Texas A & M and then transfered to Criswell College in Dallas.  He currents also works a real estate investor and developer at Genesis Point Homes and Finance.  


Penny van der Westhuizen, PhD( abd) LPC.  - Women's Ministry

Penny has been with LHBFC since 2011.   Penny has been a licensed professional counselor for 34 years.  She has been working with the women of the church for the last 6 years hosting conferences, leadership development and personal growth.