Bruce is an author, speaker, parent, and pastor. Author of four books and speaker at gatherings around the country, he speaks and writes on issues of faith, technology, race, parenting, and church culture. He lives in San Francisco where has and his wife, Robin, have raised three daughters and numerous canines. He is an avid soccer and baseball fan, photography feeds his soul, and he’ll take on any comers in Bananagrams. He can be found via @breyeschow on most social networks.
Bruce is a pastor, author, consultant, and coach. A 3rd Generation Chinese/Filipino, armchair sociologist, and technology enthusiast Bruce speaks and teaches on faith, race, parenting, and technology in a variety contexts from seminaries to conferences to congregations to pre-schools. While he speaks to both religious and secular audiences, he committed to living and expressing a Christian faith that is beautifully complex, unimaginably just and excruciatingly gracious.
He is the author of four books, The Definitive-ish Guide for Using Social Media in the Church (Shookfoil Books, 2012) and But I Don’t See You as Asian: Curating Conversations about Race (2013), 40 Days, 40, Prayers, 40 Words: Lenten Reflections for Everyday Life (WJK Press, 2016) and, Rule #2: Don’t Be an Asshat: An Official Handbook for Raising Parents and Children. (Bacosa Books, 2016). He currently blogs for The Huffington Post, Working Preacher, and Red Letter Christians. He is in the early stages of his next book project, “In Defense of Kindness” (2018).
Bruce has been a Presbyterian pastor for over 20 years and served as the founding pastor of Mission Bay Community Church in San Francisco from 2000-2012, a church of young, multicultural and progressive Presbyterians. In 2008 he was the youngest person ever elected as Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the highest elected office of the 1.8 million member denomination.
Bruce main work with organizations has dealt organizations systems, institutional change, and long-term visioning. With individuals he often addresses understanding authentic leadership styles, maintaining work-life balance, and helping people move from passion to implementation. He has experience working with the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Inventory, The Enneagram, and Strengthsfinders as well as training in Organizational Transition Leadership and Pastoral Care and Counseling.
Bruce received his BA in Asian American Studies, Philosophy and Sociology from San Francisco State University (1991), MA from San Francisco Theological Seminary (1995) and an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Austin College (2010). He was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from San Francisco Theological Seminary in 2009.
He is currently the Transitional Pastor and Head of Staff at Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley, CA and is a Coach and Senior Consultant with The Center of Progressive Renewal. He is also extremely active on social media with 10,100+ followers on Twitter, 12,000+ Likes/Friends on Facebook, 3,700+ Followers on Instagram, and a significant blog readership.
Bruce lives in San Francisco with his wife, three daughters, and two canines. He is an avid soccer fan, follows the Oakland Athletics Baseball Club, and photography feeds his soul. You can connect with Bruce via @breyeschow on most social networks visit his blog, www.reyes-chow.com, and/or see what others say about him on wikipedia.
Another way to look at what I do
⅕ Pastor and Chaplain – Spend hours a day curating content and interacting with folks around all issues of life, faith and politics. While not really “paid” it is a calling thru which I get to be a pastor.
⅕ Preacher and Speaker – I am one of those who has the privilege speak at events and preach at churches . . . and get paid for it. I usually speak about the use of social media, race, culture and their relationship with faith.
⅕ Consultant and Coach – Through the Center for Progressive Renewal I work with churches and individuals around leadership, strategic planning, church planting and technology.
⅕ Blogger and Author – You have obviously found my blog, where I post on a variety of issues and topics. I have also written two books, one on race conversations and the other on social media and the church.
⅖ Stay at Home Dad – My best job is, along with my wife Robin, parenting our three daughters, Evelyn, Abby and Annie.
- Honorary Doctor of Divinity, Austin College, Sherman, TX (2011)
- Masters of Divinity, San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselmo, CA (1995)
- Bachelor of the Arts, Asian American Studies, Philosophy and Sociology, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA (1991)
- Doctor of Ministry, Started and eventually withdrew from both the Pacific School of Religion (2009) and McCormick Theological Seminary (2012) programs.
- Childhood Schools, Sacramento, CA – The Academy of Math, Science and Engineer at Luther Burbank High School, Sam Brannan Middle School, John Cabrillo Elementary (6th), Caroline Wenzel Elementary (2nd-5th), Pony Express Elementary (K-1st)
Read My Books
- The Definitive-ish Guide for Using Social Media in the Church (Shookfoil Books, 2012)
- But I Don’t See You as Asian: Curating Conversations about Race (Bacosa Books, 2013),
- 40 Days, 40, Prayers, 40 Words: Lenten Reflections for Everyday Life (WJK Press, 2016)
- Rule #2: Don’t Be an Asshat: An Official Handbook for Raising Parents and Children. (Bacosa Books, 2016).