218th GA News

The Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow, a 39 year old pastor of Mission Bay Community Church, a new church development of San Francisco Presbytery, was elected Moderator of the 218th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church(USA) Saturday evening. An ordained minister since 1995, he is a Northern California native. He is the grandson of Filipino and Chinese immigrants. He grew up in Trinity Presbyterian Church, Stockton, California. Bruce says, “Through my family and my church, I was taught the importance of tradition and heritage, service and social justice and shown the imperative to live one’s life with a deep sense of gratitude for the reconciling nature of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.” Bruce is a 1995 graduate of San Francisco Seminary. Over the past 20 years he has served at all levels of the PC(USA). He has lived in San Francisco for the past 20 years with his wife, Elder Robin Pugh, and three daughters, Evelyn (11), Abigail (7), and Analise (4). Bruce enjoys cheering for the Oakland Athletics, and riding his motorcycle whenever he gets a chance. Feel free to email Bruce at breyeschow@gmail.com or comment on his blog – www.reyes-chow.com.

At this year’s Assembly there are 752 commissioners from 173 presbyteries, 173 youth advisory delegates, 25 theological seminary advisory delegates, 8 missionary advisory delegates, and 15 ecumenical advisory delegates.

After two days of 100+ degree weather (felt just like home!), the heat wave has finally broken!

Opening worship is this morning at 10 am (PDT) with retiring Moderator Joan Gray preaching.

Grace and peace,

Mark Verdery

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