Bio

Most of my adult life, I have been a congregational pastor in the Presbyterian Church (USA). From 1995-1999 I was the pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church in San Francisco and in 2000 I helped to found Mission Bay Community Church in San Francisco and remained the pastor there until 2012. In 2008 I was elected Moderator of the 218th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the highest elected office of our 2 million member denomination.

I now earn my keep as blogger, author, event speaker, church consultant and leadership coach. I generally speak at 15-20 gatherings a year and I have had the privilege of writing two 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 (Kickstarter, 2013).

In my writing, speaking and living, I am committed to expressing a Christian faith that is beautifully complex, unimaginably just and excruciatingly gracious. I believe that society and the church are strengthened by talking about such issues as: denominationalism and the future church; faith and technology; race and politics, parenting, urban living, etc. Throughout it all, I also believe that humanity has the capacity to engage in passionate, difficult and transformative conversations without being mean-spirited, dehumanizing or vitriolic in tone or tactic.

A native Northern Californian and 3rd generation Chinese/Filipino, I have lived in San Francisco since 1988 where my wife, Robin, and I are raising our three daughters, Evelyn (17), Abby (13) and Annie (11). In my spare time you may find my riding riding a two-wheeled vehicle of some kind, cheering on the Oakland Athletics Baseball Club, playing Settlers of Catan, tinkering with my various fantasy sports teams or chauffeuring the daughters between activities.

Current Employment

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.

Education

Honorary Doctor of Divinity, Austin College, Sherman, TX (2011)
Masters of Divinity, San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Anselemo, 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)

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