David Costillo has a passion to see people from all walks of life grow and flourish in the plans that the Lord would have for them.  Finding deep-seated conviction in Jesus’ words that He came to give His followers “life abundantly” (John 10:10), David has a heart to see the Church grow emotionally and spiritually as well as bring this life-abundant message to others.

David serves as a spiritual director and advancement director for The Leadership Institute, an Orange, California-based ministry that mentors hundreds of Christian leaders to listen and respond to God’s voice, embody His character and extend His kingdom. This involves developing retreats, seminars, courses and mentoring relationships that intentionally keep intimacy with Christ, love for people and engagement in the mission of Christ at the heart of the lives and ministries of Christian leaders.

David has a master of arts degree with an emphasis in spiritual formation from Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, CA, studied undergraduate psychology at Biola University and was in the master of business administration program at Hope International University with an emphasis in international development. He has travelled internationally to Mexico, Romania, Mongolia, Rwanda, Kenya, DR Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, and France.

Prior to his role with The Leadership Institute, David served for four years as the western regional director of church relations for Christian relief and development ministry World Relief and as the program administrator of Biola University’s graduate philosophy program for three years.

David is married and has two daughters.  David attends Redeemer Church in La Mirada, California, where he serves as chairman of the deacon board, and is also a spiritual director with the Evangelical Spiritual Directors Association.  His hobbies include gardening, biking, camping, woodworking and reading.  David is an ordained minister with the Evangelical Church Alliance.