Pastoral Staff & Team


Rev. Ted Kang
Lead Pastor/English Pastor

Pastor Ted

About Pastor Ted

Pastor Ted studied at McGill University in Canada pursuing his dream to become a doctor. During his senior year, he had an encounter with God that changed his life forever. He went onto serve with Youth With A Mission for the next 4 years traveling around the world. He received his M.Div from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. There he also met his wife Sandy and got married in January 2001. Pastor Ted and Sandy joined San Jose Christian Alliance Church in March of 2002 as missionary interns hoping to go to Asia after a couple years of training. But, God had a different plan for their lives, and called them to pastor the church since then. God blessed them with four lovely daughters: Abigail, Isabel, Rachel and Bethel. Pastor Ted is a passionate outdoor junkie. If you are not afraid of sleeping with bears and mountain lions, don’t hesitate to ask him to take you on one of his camping, fishing or rafting expeditions.

Rev. Alan Lee
Cantonese Ministry Pastor

Pastor Alan

About Pastor Alan

Pastor Alan Lee was born in Cambodia and raised in Hong Kong. He came to the United States for college in 1985 and has been a SJCAC church member since then. He has a Bachelor of Science degree (Business Administration) from San Jose State University and a Master of Ministry degree from Simpson College. Pastor Alan worked as a CPA both in the public and private industry for over 10 years before joining the pastoral team. Pastor Alan is married to Amy and has two wonderful sons: Jaron and Austin. He served as the Worship Pastor from 2000 to 2003. He is now serving as the Cantonese Pastor.

Rev. YouPing Liu
Mandarin Ministry Pastor

About Pastor YouPing

Pastor Youping received his Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, and Ph.D. in Engineering and worked as an Associate Professor in a university. He came to the United States with his family in 1998 and then he worked for several companies in networking industry as an Engineer, Manager or Director for about twenty years. He received Jesus Christ as his Savior when he was in Ann Arbor Chinese Christian Church in 1999, and then he joined SJCAC when his family moved to Bay Area in 2001. He has grown spiritually and served in various roles in SJCAC since then. In 2010, he was called to study in Overseas Theological Seminary in San Jose and received his Master’s degree in Bible Study in 2016. He answered God’s calling to be a full time Minister in 2017 and now he is serving as the Mandarin Pastor.

Youping and his wife, Binxi, have one daughter, Cathy.

David kao
Youth Ministry Pastor

About Pastor David

David was born in Torrance, CA, moved to the Bay Area when he was 5 and has been attending San Jose Christian Alliance ever since. Growing up at SJCAC, David practiced generosity, compassion, holy living, and developed his theology from the Sunday School teachers as well as it’s weekly youth fellowship. After studying three years at DeAnza College, he transferred to complete his bachelors degree at the University of California, San Diego, graduating with an Economics Degree. In his time in San Diego, he was given the opportunity to lead a Bible study, where he began to encounter God and discovered God’s heart for the poor, lost, broken, and lonely. David currently studies Theology at A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary, where he hopes to refine his understanding of God’s Word and share his findings with the SJCAC Youth Fellowship, E2.

Douglas Thieu
English Assistant Pastor

Pastor Douglas

About Pastor Douglas

Pastor Douglas was born and raised in Vietnam until the age of three. In Vietnam, his grandparents came to know the Lord through C&MA missionaries to the Chinese in Saigon at the time.  While he and his family were at a refugee camp in Guam, other C&MA missionaries told them about a new Chinese church starting in San Jose, California, where one of their family members lived. Pastor Douglas was present at SJCAC on the first day it started back in October 1975. He came to learn about and love the Lord from the loving aunties and uncles of the church through Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and Youth Group…a truly “homegrown” member. He obtained his B.S. in Physiology from UC Davis, an EMBA from Pepperdine University, and is currently taking classes at A. W. Tozer Seminary. He worked in the biotechnology industry for 23 years, running and managing clinical trials before transitioning to full-time ministry. He met his wife, Cheryl, at SJCAC, and they have three active and growing children, Josiah, Esther, and Enoch.

Rev. Jonathan Mann
Next Generation Pastor

About Pastor Jonathan Mann

Pastor Jon was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. His parents shared the Gospel with him during a family devotional and he first began to trust Jesus as his Savior at the age of five. As a student in the youth ministry of his church in Chicago’s Chinatown, he was deeply impacted by the example of his youth pastors and learned from them to walk with Jesus. In college, Pastor Jon began to hear God calling him to serve in full-time ministry, so he attended Moody Bible Institute and received his B.A. in Biblical Studies. From there he served as a youth intern and then youth pastor at Wheaton Chinese Alliance Church for twelve years before God led him to SJCAC to serve as worship pastor. His heart in ministry is to help people learn to walk with Jesus through life on life discipleship and pass faith on from one generation to the next. Pastor Jon deeply loves all things Chicago, whether sports (with one exception) or food (hot dogs & pizza). He will gladly discuss either of those things while having a meal or playing board games at his home.

Rev. Lei Hou
Mandarin Assistant Pastor

About Pastor Hou Lei

Hou Lei received Jesus as his personal Savior at the age of 12 with his family. With his parents’ influence and support, Hou Lei went to study in seminary. After Hou Lei and his wife, Kuan were graduated in May 2005, they started to serve in their home church, Bible school and missionary organizations through teaching, pastoring, church planting and trainings. In 2016, Hou Lei came to the United States to finish his M. Div. from Christian Witness Theological Seminary, and was graduated in May 2018. During this time, he served as intern in SJCAC. Hou Lei is now serving full time as Mandarin Ministry Pastor. He and his wife, Kuan, have a son, Andrew, and a daughter, Ella.

Bashar Haddad
Arabic Ministry Pastor

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Dr. Celine Bower
(Nguyen Thi Thao Van)
Executive Director


About Celine

A creative spirit, who loves everything culinary but mostly fully committed to Jesus.  Her journey has taken her to many places and cultures like France, Brazil, Malaysia, Cambodia, Kosovo, shaping her understanding of God, His heart and compassion for the world.  Celine’s heart desire is for all people to encounter God and be transformed by His Spirit.

Celine has obtained a B.S. in Intercultural Studies / Missions from Simpson University, a M.Div in Theology and a D.Min  in Christian Leadership in a Global Context from Alliance Theological Seminary.

Celine is a Consecrated Woman in Ministry with the Christian & Missionary who is deeply committed to the spiritual and character formation of women and men.  Her passion is to inspire, develop and empower a generation of leaders who reflect Christ and make a lasting impact in their world.  Before coming to SJCAC she served with Alliance Missions for 18yrs in the Europe & Middle East Region and pastoring at Silicon Valley Alliance Church in youth ministries prior. She is delighted to join SJCAC in partnering with God for Kingdom advancement!  Celine and Brett have been married since 2001 and have been blessed with two beautiful children.

Grace Chen
Children's Ministry


About Grace

Coming soon….

Derrick Duong
Prayer Ministry


About Derrick

Derrick Duong was born and raised in Vietnam. In 1989, he migrated to Sydney, Australia. In 1994, he moved to the States to marry Alcest, the soulmate of his youth. He ran his own business in financial services for 7 years. In 2002, he answered God’s calling to minister to Him full time in SJCAC. Ever since, he had been a faithful intercessor and prayer minister at church. He completed his advanced diploma in Biblical Studies at Biblical Life College & Seminary. His passion is to raise up prophetic prayer ministers and intercessors to speak of God’s glory and wonders, and to proclaim His excellencies, preparing the way for the return of the Lord Jesus.

Kin Kwong
Ministry Development


About Kin

Kin immigrated with her family to the US from Myanmar at the age of 13. She came to know the Lord during her freshman year at UCLA through Campus Crusade for Christ. Kin obtained her B.S in Chemical Engineering and later met her husband, Ed, while attending SJCAC. After serving in the industry for 16 years, Kin answered the call to join the church staff as an administrator. Her husband Ed came into full time ministry as a pastor while she served as the Children’s Ministry Director. Ed and Kin were married for 32 years, raised five children, and faithfully served together until Ed went to be with the Lord in 2014. With years of experience in shepherding, mentoring and management, Kin is taking on the role of helping and coaching people to develop and carry out many exciting ministries at SJCAC. She is an avid Scrabble player and enjoys hiking. Kin is enjoying being a grandmother for the first time, is waiting expectantly for many more grandchildren to come.

Eugene Lui
Operations and Development


About Eugene

After working at Visa for decades, God plucked him out of the industry, and plugged him into SJCAC to oversee the church’s operation and development. Eugene is passionate about anything that has to do process and procedures. 40+ years of experience in information technologies and database management prepared him well for his ministry at the church. Although he is gifted in high-level management and business administration, he is one of those people who don’t mind getting their hands and feet dirty. On any given day, you will find him painting the walls of church facility, fixing plumbing, and moving furniture around so that everyday operation of the church will run smoothly without a hiccup. Eugene is thrilled about what God is doing in this new season. He is passionate about people finding Jesus to live a wholesome and fruitful life. He enjoys hiking, running, and biking to enjoy nature; reading to enjoy learning; and sharing meals to enjoy with people.


Cliff Chew

Daniel Ng

Joe Wei

Mark Kwong

Paul Lai

Steven Jin

Tiyen Lin

Tzo yao Chan

Wellington Lee

Ministry Staff

Staff_SamKesSamuel Kes
Youth Pastor

Helen Yuen

Leonora Taylor
Children’s Ministry

Carol So
Office Staff

Catherine Wei

Linda Lee
Accounts Payable

Staff_DungDung Nguyen
Audio/Visual & Facilities

JasonJason Tseng

Anna Leelaviwathana
Accounts Receivable

Carol Lee
Office Staff

Staff_nopicJoey Yip
Office Staff

Staff_nopicLorraine Young
Office Staff & Accounts Receivable

Staff_nopicCindy Kroonblawd
Senior Center

Staff_nopicSylvania Li
Children’s Ministry

Audrey Kwong
Office Manager