Rev. Dr. Siang-Yang Tan (Ph.D., McGill University) is Senior Pastor of First Evangelical Church Glendale and Professor of Psychology at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He is a licensed psychologist and Fellow of the American Psychological Association. He has published numerous articles and books, including a major text, Counseling and Psychotherapy: A Christian Perspective (Baker Academic, 2011), Full Service (Baker, 2006), Coping with Depression (2nd ed., with John Ortberg, Baker, 2004), Rest (Regent College Publishing, 2003), Disciplines of the Holy Spirit (with Douglas Gregg, Zondervan, 1997), Lay Counseling (2nd ed., with Eric Scalise, Zondervan, 2016), and Shepherding God's People: A Guide to Faithful and Fruitful Pastoral Ministry (Baker Academic, summer 2019). He is married to Angela and they live in Pasadena. They have two grown children Carolyn and Andrew who is married to Jenn. He is originally from Singapore.
Rev. Tom Cheng
English Administrative Pastor
Born in Taiwan, Tom came to America at an early age and grew up primarily in Bellevue, a suburb of Seattle, WA. Having strayed away from his Christian upbringing, Tom didn’t truly know the Lord until his college days. Apprehended by God’s incredible love and a deep conviction of the incomparable value of that which lasts for eternity, he responded to God’s call for vocational ministry and received his MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. One of his favorite life quotes is from Jim Elliot, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” Since coming to LA, Tom has pastored the English-speaking members of EFC of LA for 17 years, before serving as the English administrative pastor here at FEC Glendale since 2002. He and his wife Helen live in Covina and are parents of three wonderful adult children.
Rev. Donn Halla
English Young Adults Pastor
Donn was born in Wisconsin and attended undergrad in Arkansas at John Brown University. After graduating from college and praying about his future, he discerned God calling him into ministry. Donn came out to Los Angeles to attend Fuller Theological Seminary where he received his MDiv. While attending Fuller he started attending First Evangelical Church Glendale, volunteering in the youth ministry. He now is the pastor of college and young adults. Donn met his wife Erin at church and now has two young kids. When he's not in coffee shops prepping for ministry and meeting people he can be found enjoying time with his family, exploring some new mountain bike trails, or cheering on the greatest football team in America- the Green Bay Packers.
Moses was born and raised in Hong Kong. He attended Grace Evangelical Free Church, Hong Kong, when he was a child and accepted Jesus as his savior at an early age. When he was 17, he got baptized and started to learn to serve the Lord in the church by participating in church choir, leading fellowships and also Sunday school classes. After graduating from High school, he started a small gift shop in the touristy area in Hong Kong. He served as deacon and church planting committee member until he felt a calling from God to be a full time pastor at the age of 36. He completed his theological studies at Evangel Theology Seminary. After graduation, he served as minister in the Hong Kong Alliance church for one year until he and his family immigrated to America. For the first twelve years in America, he served in two churches as church pastor in San Francisco. Eleven years ago, God called Moses to serve as the Cantonese congregation pastor here at FECG. In his leisure time, he likes traveling, photography, swimming, playing football and basketball. His wife Hannah, with his daughter and son support him greatly in his service to the Lord.
Family Life Ministries
Ruth is married to Peter, is a mom to Kaitlin and Analynn. She is a Third-Culture Kid and can call “home” to cities as diverse as Los Angeles, Kunming, Boston and Singapore. She served as an English teacher for 16 years in the U.S. as well as in an international school in East Asia and spent the best part of her life in cross cultural ministry in East Asia. Her passion is to see people experience abundant life and live out their calling as beloved children of God. A teacher by training, she enjoys walking alongside young adults, young families as well as finishers, facilitating spiritual and emotional growth that brings about healing in the heart as well as transformation in the soul. She holds a Master’s degree in Teaching English from University of Southern California and is a trained Marriage Strong facilitator and an RTF Issued Focused prayer minister. In her spare time, she likes to attend classical music concerts, read books into the night and drink coffee with her family at unique coffee houses around the world.
Discipleship & Missons Ministries
Peter hails from Brooklyn, New York but was born in Indonesia and immigrated to the US as a child. He was previously a Structural Engineer with the City of Los Angeles before answering God’s call to serve the poor, spending 16 years in East Asia as a missionary. His two-fold passion is to help people discover and discern God’s presence through Contemplative disciplines and to reach the poor and marginalized both locally and globally. He holds a degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Global Leadership and just completed his Master’s Degree in Spiritual Direction from Creighton University. In his spare time, he loves dreaming about woodworking projects and enjoys trying out new ethnic restaurants with his wife Ruth and daughters, Kaitlin and Analynn.
Jonathan was born and raised in Chicago, IL. He moved to California and received a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Management from Vanguard University of Southern California. He went on to Talbot Seminary where he received an MDiv in Pastoral Ministry. He was called into ministry at the age of 18 and started pastoring at the age of 19. His greatest passions are to equip and empower the church to walk in the fullness of their inheritance. He loves researching, learning, nature, and good conversations. He and his wife Sarah currently live in Duarte.
Snezana (Nena) Stojilkovic Hovsepian
Born and raised in Serbia, Snezana was a part of a family that helped create the first church in their town, which was significant since the country was heavily controlled by Communism. From an early age, Nena felt the strong calling of the Lord in her life. She studied at Zagreb’s (Croatia) Biblical Theological Seminary and then moved to England where she studied Advanced Religious Studies at Teesside University. Soon after, she married in England and had 2 children. After some time, she strongly felt in her heart that God was calling to a different location-Los Angeles. She settled in Glendale with her family and immediately became involved with children’s ministries there, more specifically with children from immigrant families. Snezana received a Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, with a concentration in Children’s ministry. She finds great joy in working with the children at FECG. She is most passionate about guiding young children to the Lord and encouraging families as they pursue Jesus.
Passionate about seeing nations worship, Mari advocates for Christ-centered transformative worship: “We will become like the one we worship.” Mari received her training at Sibelius Academy-University of Arts Helsinki and at Fuller Theological Seminary. She believes worship at FECG seeks to be a multi-cultural, intergenerational space for the purpose of meeting with God and being transformed by Him. Native of the Arctic, Mari enjoys the variety of cultures represented in SoCal as well as the semi-tropical climate and the beach. She is a lifelong learner she has studied over ten languages in her lifetime and is fluent in English, Finnish, Mandarin and Swedish.
An original member of FEC, Marshall started attending FIrst Evangelical Fellowship in 1965 as a college student. When he retired from TRW in 2001 after working 32 years as an electrical engineer, project manager, laboratory manager, etc., he volunteered as an administrator at FEC Glendale, utilizing his experience as a manager of people and projects learned at TRW. A long time choir member, he was asked to help conduct the FEC choir since 1969 and has led Vision, the youth music ministry of FECA, since 1983, leading many different teams on short term missions during the summer to many countries in Asia and Europe. His motto is “Soli Deo Gloria” - to God alone be the glory (in everything we do).
FECG was the first church Jenny and her family attended when they first immigrated to the U.S. more than thirty-five years ago. It was at FECG that she was first exposed to Christianity and started building her faith foundation. With a degree in Education, Jenny enjoys her noisy days teaching middle school students and thankful for the quiet days working with numbers as the church accountant. These two jobs with completely different objectives help bring a balance to her life. Jenny enjoys reading and spending time with her son who is growing up much too quickly.
Otie has been attending FECG since 2008. She is an active member of Agape Fellowship and Philippines Mission Committee and had served as Core Leader for 2 terms before the Lord answered her prayer to leave the corporate world and join the FECG office staff. She has been involved in ministries such as Worship Team, VBS, Harvest Festival, STMs, Women's Tea, and has led IDT and retreat family groups. She graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with a major in Economics and Economic Statistics and has expansive years of experience in managing operations and administrative support. She, with her loving husband Jay and lovely daughter Jada, enjoys road trips & food trips, event planning, decorating, baking and loves reading and music! Her favorite praise song line is “I could sing of Your love forever! – Psalm 89:1