Interim Senior Pastor
B.A. (Biblical and Theological Studies) – Bethel College, St. Paul, MN
M.Div - Bethel Seminary, St. Paul, MN
Pastor Linda has been serving as an Intentional Interim Pastor since 2006 when she served her first church in Hammond, Wisconsin. Since then she has worked with Transition Ministries of the ABC-USA serving churches in Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska. FCBC is Linda’s second church in California. Linda loves going to new places and meeting new people. Linda has two adult sons, Erik and Chris who currently live in Minneapolis and New York respectively. She appreciates a good cup of coffee, reading a good mystery and exploring the city.
Pastor of Chinese-Speaking Ministries
M.Div., China Graduate School of Theology
D.Min., Alliance Bible Seminary
"Equip men for families."
FCBC Pastor of Chinese-Speaking Ministries: 2009–Present
Peter started his full-time ministry in Hong Kong in 1988. He served as a youth pastor and equipped leaders for high school and college students. He was sent by his home church to pioneer a new church in Kowloon two years later. While he was a student at Alliance Bible Seminary, he was also a senior pastor and applied what he learned and researched in theological schools. Before he left Hong Kong, Peter served in a mega-church for eight years and led various departments, included men’s ministry, counseling, community services, and outreach ministries. He mainly served adults and established an adult outreach center for the church in 2004. He moved to the United States in 2008 to serve at FCBC as the Chinese-Speaking Ministries pastor for different age groups. He likes reading, dreaming, and swimming. He wrote the book Midlife Ascent: Men’s Grow and Goal. Peter married his wife Lydia in 1990, and they have two lovely daughters who are now in college.
Pastor of English-Speaking Ministries
B.S.W., George Fox University
M.Div., Western Seminary
"My desire is to see lives transformed by the power of the gospel."
FCBC Pastor of English-Speaking Ministries: 2012–Present
Visal and Lindsey Sok have a daughter and began their ministry at FCBC in July 2012. Although Visal was raised in a Buddhist home, through his apartment manager he heard the gospel and came to faith and trusted in Christ. Visal earned his Bachelors of Social Work from George Fox University at Newberg, Oregon, and his M.Div. from Western Seminary. Visal oversees English-speaking ministries at FCBC and is passionate about preaching and proclaiming the gospel. Visal enjoys all genres of books. He loves drinking coffee, watching movies, and eating all kinds of food. His favorite Disney movie is Aladdin. He and his family love San Francisco and walk everywhere in the city.
Community Outreach Minister
B.A.,China Bible Seminary
FCBC Community Outreach Minister: June 2015–Present
Lydia became a church member in April, 2009. She is keen on outreach ministry and certified as a qualified teacher and trainer for Evangelism Explosion International Ministry. She served as a voluntary counselor and growth class guardian, led Bible Study and cared for members regularly at Kowloon City Baptist Church.
Guangdong University of Foreign Studies
"I am a fruit of the FCBC Friday Night School program and want to give back."
FCBC Church Administrator: 2000–Present
Wendi came to the States to join her husband Harry with their 9-month-old son. Before answering the call to become FCBC’s church administrator in 2000, she was an elementary school teacher and taught Chinese typing at adult night school in Guangzhou, China. Wendi joined the FCBC Cantonese worship the first Sunday they came to San Francisco because Harry had been attending Friday Night School and Sunday worship service for years by then. She later accepted Christ and got baptized after working as church administrator for half a year. Wendi takes care of the office and the church building. She loves traveling, hiking, reading (Chinese, preferably), and watching police or crime dramas.
B.A., San Francisco State University
"We are to love and serve the Lord our God and to care for others."
FCBC Bookkeeper: 2003–Present
Marian was born and raised in San Francisco. She was brought to FCBC as a child by her parents and has remained active in service to the church her entire life. Marian has handled all the financial recordkeeping for FCBC for over 11 years. She is also busy with maintaining a three-generation household, which consists of her husband, Franklin, a daughter, a son and daughter-in-law, and their two very adorable and active grandsons. Marian is most happy spending time with her family and friends.
B.A., University of California, Berkeley
M.Div., American Baptist Seminary of the West
Th.D., Pacific School of Religion
FCBC Youth Director, English-Speaking Pastor, and Senior Pastor: 1951–1991
Professor of Theology and Church Ministries, American Baptist Seminary of the West: 1991–2006
At various times: Adjunct faculty at Pacific School of Religion and San Francisco Theological Seminary; Visiting Professor at the Hong Kong Baptist Seminary and at the Divinity School of Chung Chi College, Chinese University of Hong Kong
James first came in contact with FCBC in 1934 as a student in the nursery school. He was nurtured in the Christian Education program of the church, which led to his baptism in 1944. While a student at the American Baptist Seminary of the West, the church invited him to be the Youth Director. Upon his graduation, he became the English-Speaking Pastor, and then the Senior Pastor for the entire congregation. He completed his service at FCBC in 1991, after which he was invited to join the faculty at the American Baptist Seminary of the West, where he served for 16 years. In June 2013, he announced his "retirement from public life" in order to move to a more quiet phase of life.
James is grateful to God for the opportunities that have been given to him over the years to introduce and nurture persons in the Christian life, and for the blessing of being part of this congregation for over 80 years.
Former Senior Pastor
B.A., Gordon College
M.Div., Andover Newton Theological School
"We are called to become Good News of Christ's love in today's world."
FCBC Associate Pastor: 1975–1978
ABC Educational Ministries, Valley Forge, PA: 1978–1998
FCBC Senior Pastor: 1998–2015
Don has been involved in American Baptist life all his life. He grew up in Boston at First Baptist and became active in Christian service there. When he was with ABC Educational Ministries, he developed curriculum, led national gatherings, trained leaders, and served as a consultant in educational planning. In 1998, Don was called to be the Senior Pastor at FCBC and has enjoyed immensely the ministry of preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ. He loves to make Jesus known in the city. Don has been married to Joy Shih for over 42 years, and they have two married children and six lovely grandchildren. Don continues to be a die-hard Red Sox fan and plays tennis for fun and exercise. In 2014–2015, Don is also serving as the President of the American Baptist Churches, USA.