EBCC Leadership Team
(from left to right)
Michael Shum, Deacon
Stephanie Ho, Leader
Justin Wang, Leader
Theresa Wan, Leader
Kenneth Hwang, Pastor
Gloria Wu, Deaconess
Kevin Chen, Leader
Sharon Chen, Leader
Jackson Wan, Deacon
Leadership Team Bios
Pastor Kenneth Hwang was born in Korea but moved to the states at a very young age. After growing up predominantly in Connecticut (GO UCONN!), he went to college at Tufts University. During his sophomore year, he was called into the ministry and graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with his Master of Divinity in 2002. Since then, he has served in churches all over the East Coast and was ordained in 2009. He came to serve at EBCC in October 2015.
Ken has been married to his beautiful wife Jeanyoung for over 10 years and they have a wonderful son named Theo. He loves music, working out, and getting to know people of all different backgrounds and walks of life.
Gloria Wu began to follow Jesus as a truth seeker and received her spiritual birth at EBCC in 1999. She has served in the youth ministry since 2009. She currently is responsible for Bible Study classes on Sundays with Chinese and English adults’ groups.
Gloria is a Human Resources professional at Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York City. She holds a master’s degree in urban policies from Brooklyn College, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Baruch College.
Gloria lives in Fort Lee and enjoys watching movies and NCIS, reading and listening to music.
Michael Shum has lived and worked in the NY/NJ area for his whole life. He currently teaches high school science in Manhattan, and lives in Fort Lee. He has attended EBCC since its founding in 1994, and is very thankful for its growth, especially in the English Ministry. He is one of the deacons of the church, and also serves as a youth leader. Mike just got married to his wife, Echo, this past June, and they were both amazed at the support from the church during that time.
Mike likes to be a participant and a spectator of most sporting events, no matter the size, scope, or scale, including the annual EBCC Ping Pong Tournament, for which Mike is the EM coordinator, even though they seem to lose every year to the CM. Mike also likes to take road trips of 2000+ miles. He has done five such trips so far, and they help him clear his mind of negative things, like losing the annual Ping Pong Tournament.
Theresa Wan spent the first eight years of her life in Taiwan before moving to NJ with her parents and sister. She grew up attending Catholic church but didn't accept Christ as her Lord and Savior until her sophomore year at UPenn. After graduating college, she worked and lived in NYC for several years before moving back to NJ in 2008 and became a part of the EBCC church family. In addition to serving on the leadership team of the English Ministry, Theresa is also Coordinator for the children's ministry ages 0-4.
She and her husband Jackson have a son, Nathan, and they enjoy hosting fellowship gatherings together in their home. Theresa spends most of her time with Nathan and as a financial planner for families in the NY/NJ area. She also loves event planning, hanging out at coffee shops and catching up with friends over a meal.
Jackson Wan was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to the US with his family when he was 9. He grew up in Closter and attended Northern Valley Regional High School in Demarest. Then went on to college and graduate school at Rutgers University and UMDNJ, respectively. He currently works at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in the Health Informatics department.
He has been attending EBCC since 1994 and was one of the early members of the English Ministry. Through the years he's served as Bible study leader, worship team member, and Sunday school teacher. Today, he serves as deacon and helps maintain the EBCC EM website.
He is married to his wonderful wife Theresa and they have a 3-year old son named Nathan. Jackson enjoys traveling, eating out, movies, and sports.
Stephanie Ho is currently a graduate student at Fordham University in the five-year accelerated graduate school program for Early Childhood/Special Education. She grew up attending EBCC and was later called to serve on the leadership team. She has been actively involved in the children’s ministry as the Coordinator for children ages 4-12 and has volunteered, served, and organized Vacation Bible School for the past two summers. She loves to work with children and is excited to become a teacher in the future!
Stephanie loves to immerse herself in fantasy novels, update her beauty/fashion blog, hang out with friends, and explore new places.
Sharon Chen was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and grew up in a Christian household. She accepted Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior in her early teens and was baptized when she was 13. In 2007, she moved to the United States with her parents and younger sister, Lisa. She attended Tenafly High school and subsequently, Lafayette College. She currently works as a paralegal in an immigration law firm in New York City. She joined EBCC in 2008 with her family and throughout her time here, she helped teach Sunday School and served in the first few Vacation Bible Studies. She currently serves in the Starlight Ministry and on the Worship Team.
When she is not hanging out with her dog, Milo, she likes to read historical fiction, brush up on her French, go jogging, and watch movies with her sister.
Justin Wang is a junior at Northern Valley Demarest High School. He was raised in a Christian family and actively attends East Bergen Christian Church. Justin was baptized in 2015 and then called to become a leader at EBCC. He helps lead praise and teaches kids in the Starlight Ministry. He is also a leader for Harvesters (student-run Christian club) in Northern Valley Demarest High School.
Justin was born and raised in New Jersey. He loves meeting new people, listening to music, playing sports, eating with friends, and traveling to foreign places.
Kevin Chen was born in Missouri and moved to the East Coast with the rest of his family at the age of 5. A year later, his mother introduced him and his sister to the family of God at EBCC shortly after discovering her own faith. Now, Kevin is a member of the praise team and the Starlight Ministry.
Since leaving Missouri, Kevin has lived in Edgewater, Fort Lee, and now Tenafly, where this year he will be a part of their Senior Class of 2018. Outside of school, Kevin enjoys playing basketball, practicing guitar, and reading.
(not pictured, new for 2019) Brian Zhang grew up in Mahwah where he graduated high school and went on to N.J.I.T., in Newark, where he completed his architectural program in 2017. Brian loves building design and project management, leading him to his current position as coordinator for a commercial contracting firm in Ramsey. On Sundays, when he is not too busy keeping track of how many cousins are at the church, Brian serves in the Starlight ministry. He is also involved each summer with the Vacation Bible School.
On his spare time Brian loves to play and watch basketball, and he enjoys just a simple hangout with friends like going out to eat and catching a movie.