Mandarin Pastor Qianjin (John) Zhang (張前進)
Pastor Zhang Qianjin (John) was reborn in 2001 and came to the United States to study theology in 2006. Since 2008, he has been pastoring the Reformed Evangelical Church in Silicon Valley for five years. In 2013, he joined the Southern Baptist Convention and moved his family east to the Greater Washington area, started church planting and established a new church to serve new immigrants and high-tech people from the mainland. In 2016, due to the burden of the lost souls of the mainland compatriots, led by the Holy Spirit, he resolutely left the comfortable United States and returned to Beijing, where he had been away for 10 years, to shepherd the emerging urban house church, the Zion Church. In 2018, he was sent by Zion Church and the Global Life Enrichment Center in the United States to Chiang Mai, Thailand to carry out mission and church planting work. In September 2020, due to the impact of the global epidemic, he had to temporarily leave the mission field and return to the United States, waiting for the new call of the Holy Spirit. During the epidemic, he continued to shepherd brothers and sisters in mainland China, Chiang Mai and Spain through the Internet. On February 27, 2022, he officially became the Mandarin Pastor of the Chinese Church of Greater Albany in the capital of New York.
D.Min. Candidate, Global Mission Seminary
M.Div., Christian Witness Theological Seminary
M.A., Christian Witness Theological Seminary
Bachelor’s program(three years) in teaching Chinese as a foreign language at Beijing Language Institute, Beijing, China.
A. S. The Third Military Medical University.
Interim English Youth Pastor – Daniel Ferritto II, Ph.D.
Daniel was raised in upstate New York near Albany. He put his faith in Christ at the age of five when he attended a gathering with his parents. After completing his undergraduate studies, Daniel received the call from God to begin to serve others through formal ministry. He has continued his education with graduate studies and he has also taught in seminary. Additionally, Daniel has planted a church, served in other churches, and also served in multiple non-profit organizations.
Daniel is on staff at Equipping Leaders International as an Instructor. He focuses on training, equipping, and raising up leaders within their own contexts. He strongly believes in the vision of training national leaders who will replicate and train others. In this manner, the communities and organizations in which these leaders labor will be strengthened and refined. Please see the following website for more information: http://equippingleadersinternational.org/
Daniel’s personal interests include gardening, cooking, playing guitar, reading, writing, playing bocce, genealogical research, and spending time with friends and family.
“A Theological Analysis of Selected Texts in Romans according to the Writings of Grant Osborne.” PhD diss., Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, 2019.
Ph.D., Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary
Ph.D. Student, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Th.M. Student, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
M.Div., Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary
B.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Pastor Joshua Hsia (夏明亮)
Pastor Joshua Hsia went to be with the Lord on January 29, 2019 at 10:23pm. He faithfully loved the Lord, His people, and faithfully shepherd the flock. Pastor Hsia had been the pastor of CCCGA for the past nineteen years. We will see him again in heaven in the future. Brothers and sisters, please continue to pray for the Lord’s comfort over Mrs. Hsia, Sophia, James, and the rest of the family.