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Friendship Agape Church to Ordain James Chiang.

San Jose, CA, January 07, 2013 --( Friendship Agape Church will be formally ordaining James Chiang on Sunday, January 13, 2013.

“We are excited about what God has been doing through Pastor Chiang,” explained Jonathan Lo, Friendship Agape Church's Steering Committee leader. “After calling James Chiang to minister to us in January 2012, we are pleased that he has been recognized by the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA) as a 'Commissioned Pastor.' We look forward to expanding our church's commitment to serve our community and to help them with their greatest needs.”

Ordination Celebration

Friendship Agape Church welcomes their neighbors and friends to witness Pastor Chiang's ordination on Sunday, January 13, 2013. Starting at 2:30pm, the program includes special messages from distinguished speakers and a musical presentation. Since childcare will not be available, families will be invited to attend the program together. A reception follows in the fellowship hall. The church is located at 5150 Camden Avenue in San Jose. Freeways 85, 880, 17 and 87 are nearby.

From Engineer to Pastor

James Chiang came from Taiwan. He received two Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) degrees from UC Berkeley (B.S. and M.S.) and an MBA from University of Santa Clara. James worked for more than 20 years in several high tech companies in the Silicon Valley and Bank of America in San Francisco.

In 1990, after studying the Bible, James was convicted that he was a sinner according to the revealed truth by the Holy Spirit; subsequently he submitted to the saving grace of Jesus Christ. God has called James further to equip himself for serving Him. He then endeavored and earned his Master of Divinity from Western Seminary. Upon graduation in July 2004, James was called by “For All Saints Team Ministries” (FASTM) , and was sent to minister at San Ramon Valley Gospel Church. In 2010 and 2011 James has served in various FASTM Discipleship Training Conferences and churches in Europe, Asia and United States. In January 2012, James accepted the calling and began serving as pastor for Friendship Agape Church. In October 2012, James was recognized as "Commissioned Pastor" by the Classis Central California of the CRCNA denomination.

James is married to Winnis. Their son Scott is married and the father of two children. James, Winnis and Scott are all graduates of Western Seminary.

About Friendship Agape Church

Friendship Agape is one of the few churches in the San Jose area to offer a bilingual Chinese-English program each Sunday morning. Not only are the messages in both languages, worship songs are even shown on-screen using Chinese, Pinyin and English—a first for Silicon Valley. Pinyin is a phonetic representation of Chinese that allows non-Chinese speakers to sing and follow along in Mandarin.

Founded in 1989, Friendship Agape Church (FAC) is a congregation of the Christian Reformed Church denomination. Based in San Jose, California, FAC serves the local community with English and Mandarin Chinese programs for individuals and families. Sunday service begins with Sunday School at 10:00am and worship at 11:10am. The church meets at 5150 Camden Avenue, San Jose, California. For more information, visit or call the church office at (408) 979-1257.

From the North, take freeway 17, 280, 101 or 87 south to highway 85. Exit Camden Avenue. Proceed south on Camden. In about two blocks, turn left in the median of the street when you see the Friendship Agape Church and San Jose Christian Reformed Church signs on the left.

From the south, take freeway 101 north to highway 85. Exit Camden Avenue. Proceed south on Camden. In about two blocks, turn left in the median of the street when you see the Friendship Agape Church and San Jose Christian Reformed Church signs on the left.

There's ample parking along the sides and rear of the church.

Contact Information:

Friendship Agape Church

Pastor James Chiang

(408) 979-1257

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