As lead pastor of One Life City, I get to walk alongside the staff and congregation, overseeing the spiritual health and maturity of the church and the neighboring community. My role includes organizing and leading worship services through worship, liturgy, and teaching, helping shape staff and church culture, and shepherding individuals and families in need of care and support. I am also down for a good conversation about life, faith, and culture over coffee or boba.
Pastor of Peacemaking & Justice
I have the honor of leading our church community in peacemaking & justice initiatives by providing resources and opportunities for engagement. We believe that God has designed us to live in loving relationships in which we uphold the image of God in others and work for each other’s well-being. Though we live in a broken world, God is always working to restore his creation to its original intent, and we are called to join in that work of restoration. We do this by cultivating peace in ourselves, in our relationships, and in our local and global communities.
I help to cultivate worship at One Life City Church. In addition to leading on Sunday mornings and putting teams together, I also help our team grow as worshippers through devotionals, exercises to grow our craft, and good old fashioned worship nights!
I grew up in California, but I completed my undergrad degree and started seminary in Toronto. I met my Canadian husband Jonathan at a prayer meeting in a park, and we moved back to this land of perpetual summer a few years ago for my doctoral studies in clinical psychology. We have a toddler, Ronen, who loves being outside (preferably shirtless) as much as possible.
As a Taiwanese immigrant, I grew up in a rural part of Texas before calling Southern California my home. I’ve lived overseas as a missionary in East Asia for a couple of years after college. My wife, Tanya and I currently live in Fullerton with our three daughters. Evelyn is our oldest and we have twins Emilie and Eleanor.
Pastor of Spiritual Formation
Our formation into the likeness of Christ (2 Corinthians 3:17-18) is at the center of Christian discipleship. This process of formation is a lifelong journey that transforms our entire being, including our spiritual life (i.e., spiritual formation), our humanity (i.e., human formation), our intellectual faculties (i.e., intellectual formation), as well as our ministry giftings (i.e., pastoral formation). My role as Pastor of Formation at One Life City Church is to support and accompany our congregation through this process of transformation. I do this primarily through a teaching ministry, personal interactions, and by cultivating contexts whereby individuals, small groups, and large groups can gather together regularly to listen to the Holy Spirit (through the Word of God) and speak authentically and courageously into each others’ lives.
Communication & Social Media Lead
I have been a part of One Life City for three years. Right now I am able to serve as the communications lead. I send out weekly newsletters to keep the congregation informed. I also update our social media to communicate our vision and values, which includes the presence of God, peacemaking, and spiritual formation. I have been blessed by the spiritual community here and pray you will experience the same.