30 next gen Asian American church leaders, 2020 edition

For Asian American Heritage Month this May, Thirty.Network’s DJ Chuang curated this list of next gen Asian American church leaders who are doing interesting things in today’s multiethnic world. Using a fuzzy-logic factor of “interestingness” a la Flickr, this list is neither comprehensive nor ranked. We hope they inspire you about the future of the church at large. (Watch videos from the first 14 days of May and browse the full list below.)

Sam Yoon – Campus Pastor at Saddleback Church South Bay (Torrance, California) and a member of Thirty.Network’s core team | Leadership Unplugged podcast

Angela Yee – Chief Ministry Officer of the Evangelical Covenant Church and a member of Thirty.Network’s core team •

Fred Mok – Pastor of Quicksilver Church, planting in San Jose, California • Rant of the Exiles

Kevin Nguyen – Pastor of Leadership & Multiplication at Mariners Church in Irvine, California and a member of Thirty.Network’s core team •

Jay Catanus – Pastor at Garden City Covenant Church on the Northwest side of Chicago •

Gail Song Bantum – Lead Pastor at Quest Church in Seattle •

John Shin – Connections Pastor at Saddleback Church Irvine South campus and a member of Thirty.Network’s core team •

Raymond Chang – Co-Founder of Asian American Christian Collaborative and campus minister at Wheaton College •

Taka Iguchi – Pastor of Voice Church in Tustin, California •

Michelle Reyes – Co-Founder of Asian American Christian Collaborative and church planter at Hope Community Church in Austin, Texas •

Daniel Yang – Director of the Send Institute •

Dan Hyun – Pastor of Village Church in Baltimore, Maryland •

Paul Sohn – leadership coach and author of Quarter-Life

James Paek – Worship Leader at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois •

Angie Kay Hong – Worship leader, urban liturgist, and more •

Eddie Park – Pastor of Hug Church in Fullerton, California •

Duke Kwon – Pastor of Grace Meridian Hill in Washington, DC •

Steve Bang Lee – College Pastor at Mariners Church in Irvine, California •

Jason Nettles – Founder of Asia Rising •

Chris Fukunaga – Pastor of City Bible Church in Cerritos, California and Los Angeles • |

Thomas Hwang – Lead Pastor of Gospel Life Mission Church in Buena Park, California •

Sammy Joo – Pastor at Point Church International (Cary, North Carolina) and Asian Ministries Consultant at Baptist State Convention of North Carolina • host of the NC Asian American Ministries podcast

Tom Kang – Lead Pastor of NewStory Church in Los Angeles •

Jonathan Hayashi – Worship Pastor at Troy First Baptist Church in Troy, Missouri • | Ordinary Radicals podcast

Wilson Wang – Pastor of Renew Church OC in Fullerton, California •

Mitchel Lee – Lead Pastor at Grace Community Church in Fulton, Maryland •

Will Chung – Pastor for The Meeting Place TMP and associate of Leadership Network and

Rohadi Nagassar – Pastor of Cypher Church (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) and author of Thrive: Ideas to lead the church in

Dustin Lang – College & Young Adult Pastor at NewStory Church in Los Angeles and Founder of Revival

Albert Hung – District Superintendent of the Northern California District Church of the Nazarene •

A Closing Thought

Many other next generation Asian American Christian leaders are doing wonderful things faithfully and fruitfully outside of the walls of the traditionally organized church, i.e. on college campuses, parachurch ministries, nonprofits, government agencies, families, industries, and local communities.

As the global pandemic of the COVID19 coronavirus has disrupted the world, it has prompted, even forced, church leaders to reconsider and reimagine how the followers of Christ can be the church for the glory of God and the good of the world, both online and offline. Nevertheless, it’s reasonable to say that there are things that God intends for local churches to do and to be; this holds true for a majority of Christ-followers across a wide range of denominations, sects, theologies, and ecclesiologies.

The list above primarily noted those who are working in traditionally-organized local churches. God certainly does accomplish His work beyond the walls and structures of local churches, both the organizational and the organic.

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Meetup on Preaching and Communication

Thirty.Network has a new format for a new season. Wilson Wang and Jason Chang are hosting these bi-monthly meetups (bi-monthly meaning every other month, not twice a month) as an interactive time for connections and conversations about helpful topics based on the latest learnings from participants.

Our first meetup just happened on November 15th, 2018, at Ambassador Church’s office in Brea, California. Here’s the 4 short talks about preaching and communication.


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Thirty Network Gathering in Pasadena, February 2017

Thirty Network was delighted to connect with new friends and re-connect with old friends at our 2017 Thirty Network Gathering in Pasadena, California on February 22-23.

First, a word of thanks to LifeWay Christian Resources and Asian American Center of Fuller Theological Seminary!! Sponsors help to cover the costs that make this event possible and are joining with us in advancing Asian American pastors in a multiethnic world! Thank you sponsors!

Our special guest was Daniel Im. Daniel is the Director of Church Multiplication at LifeWay Christian Resources along with various other roles in church leadership. He guided our conversations around personal leadership development and developing leadership pathways in ministry.

Daniel brought great content and he also inspired us by the very fact that he is an Asian North American making leadership impact in mainstream evangelicalism and in a multiethnic world.

And one more thing. Daniel Im has just authored a brand new book, No Silver Bullets: Five Small Shifts that will Transform Your Ministry.

The 4 talks by Daniel Im were recorded on video and can be watched online. Plus, there is a bonus 5th video with Pastor John Shin talking about taking a risk.


Thirty.Network with Dr. David Platt @ Send Conference 2017

At the recent Send Conference (sponsored by IMB & NAMB), Thirty.Network lead contributor, Sam Yoon, hosted a pre-conference Asian American leadership gathering with conference keynote speaker, Dr. David Platt. These unique access points are designed to help build bridges between Asian American church leaders and the evangelical church at large.

With a room filled with influential Asian American So-Cal church leaders, Dr. David Platt gave an encouraging word from 1 Corinthians on remaining faithful to the task of keeping all of our motivation through Christ and attention on Christ.

Dr. Platt was gracious enough to entertain a Q&A session with the audience. Watch the LIVE Facebook feed HERE.


Are you suggesting we create a color-blind church?

Thirty.Network’s Kevin Nguyen and DJ Chuang shared a breakout session about “Asian Americans Leading Well in a Multiethnic World” at the 2016 Asian American Ministry Conference and collected a handful of questions that will be answered in a series of videos on this blog.

This question was posed by one of the participants:

“Are you ignoring Asian American history by creating a Gospel focused (possibly color-blind church)? How do you incorporate a discussion on systematic racism & difference in the church?”

• Browse all the videos in this series.