My full name is: James Jireh Chang. 'James' is from the New Testament Gospels, 'Jireh' is from the Old Testament meaning: God, my Provider, and 'Chang' is from my dad, a revivalist preacher from Taiwan. So I'm a 2nd-generation pastor born & raised in an immigrant Taiwanese family, and the moment I moved out here to the South Bay, Taiwanese bakeries and boba shops and dumpling houses miraculously appeared...Praise God! He truly is watching over me!
I graduated from UCLA in Math, was a high school math teacher for several years, and then I made the big shift from Math Tests to Research Papers at Fuller Theological Seminary. SInce 2005 till now, by the grace of God, I've served here at GVBC as a pastor. My wife Yuko and I both love taking long road trips along long stretches of turquoise water, hiking nature trails through forrest glades of grandeur, and hunting down the best restaurants on Yelp.
My life's passion is to help empower the local church to be the hope of this world.
Assistant Pastor of Worship and Neighborhood