1. How did you first get involved with Friendship Presbyterian? My wife, Ann, attended Friendship in 1996 for about a year right out of college. So, when we moved back to Taiwan in the summer of 2017, in order to be closer to the various ministry opportunities in Asia, we decided to visit Friendship. We quickly found our spiritual home at FPC.
2. What do you do Monday through Saturday? I am the Executive Director of Chinese Bible Mission. My responsibilities include:
- Recruiting, encouraging, supporting potential and current missionaries/ministry workers serving Chinese people globally
- Mentoring church planters and consulting for other non-profits working with Chinese people globally.
- Networking with Christian leaders in both North America and Asia by teaching in various Seminaries in Creative Access Nations.
- Supporting our local offices and making sure they are executing well. Making sure our ministry activities are running smoothly.
To put it in practical terms—lots of video/phone conference calls, and meeting/consulting with Christian leaders around the world. I frequently travel to preach, teach, and network with Christian leaders globally.
3. What is something people might be surprised to know about you? I competed in windsurfing growing up in Taiwan. My father was in the sail-making business and got me into lots of water sports.
4. What do you find most challenging about being a Christian today? It was not easy being a Christian in the San Francisco Bay Area—people generally think Christians are uneducated and bigoted. In Taipei, there is a very different kind of challenge. It is less for intellectual reasons, and more for cultural ones, e.g., "believing in Christianity prevents me from respecting my ancestors."
5. What is your favorite book of the Bible? As a story, I love the book of Esther. It has great literary elements. But overall, I really love the Gospel of John, a deeply personal, insider’s story of Jesus. It is as real as it gets.