Reverend Charles Koo, Senior Pastor 辜漢然牧師
Charles Koo came to CCC in 2003 from Chinese Christian Church & Center in Philadelphia where he had served for 17 years in several pastoral capacities. Pastor Charles received his M.Div. from Tyndale Seminary in Toronto and was ordained in 1992. He has completed coursework for his Ph.D. in Old Testament Hermeneutics and awaits the right timing to finish writing his dissertation. His qualifications are rounded out by a variety of ministry trainings such as small groups, spiritual gifts, stewardship, discipleship, leadership, and church vision.
Since coming to CCC Pastor Charles has focused ministry work on Building a People for God’s Kingdom, emphasizing that the church can only move forward on its knees, approaching God in prayer in all things. For several years Pastor Charles has ministered to the needs of three congregations with help from lay and guest speakers, ministry teams, seminarians, and a couple former associate pastors. Currently, he is concentrating his efforts in organizing and strengthening the pastoral leadership team to meet the spiritual needs of the congregation and the community and to make CCC God’s light in the Nation’s Capital. Having witnessed God’s hand firmly leading CCC since moving to our I Street home, he can’t wait to see how He will use CCC to continue His Kingdom work.
Besides traveling, he loves being outdoors surrounded by nature, especially being at the beach or a campfire or engaged in water sports. His prayer for CCC is for her to be guided by the words of John the Baptist, “He must become greater; I must become less” (John 3:30), in all she sets out to do.
Xu Lijuan (Joanna Xu) 徐麗娟, Mandarin Pastor 徐麗娟傳道
Joanna comes from Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region of China, where her grandparents were devout followers of a Chinese religion called Yiguan Dao (一貫道, meaning Consistent or Persistent Way). With this background as well as exposure to different sects of Buddhism, Joanna was not able to find peace in her heart.
Joanna came to the U.S. with her parents in 1998 and became a permanent resident. She became quite ill when her family returned to China, experiencing severe pain which was worsened by a car accident in 2005. At this lowest point of her life, she began to question what would become of her when she died. She met a group of Christians, one of whom taught her English. She found them very different, with a special warmth, joy, and love that other people didn’t have. She was baptized in 2006.
Miraculously, she found lodging in Wah Luck, a building in D.C. for low income families and subsequently found nearby CCC, which she attended regularly. She dedicated herself to full-time ministry at an AFC (Ambassador for Christ) Missions Conference in 2010 and went to Seminary the following year. After she graduated, she came back to CCC for her internship and is now serving as Assistant Pastor for the Mandarin ministries.
Pastor Joanna loves to read, cook, decorate, garden and raise goldfish. She has a desire for all she comes in contact with to know the love of God and enjoys encouraging the young adults to grow in their faith. She lives with her husband in DC.
Reverend Joshua Cho, English Pastor 曺富鉉傳道
Joshua was born and raised in Chicago, IL. He received his Master of Divinity degree at Covenant Theological Seminary. During his seminary years, Joshua served as a pastor of The Crossing Church, a multi-ethnic congregation in St. Louis, MO. This is also where Joshua met his wonderful wife Esther. Joshua and Esther were married in 2013 and moved to Princeton, NJ, where he served as a pastor of Princeton Christian Church.
Following God’s call, in 2018, Joshua, Esther and their son Caleb moved to Washington, DC, to serve as pastor of the English Ministry at Chinese Community Church (CCCDC). Whether it’s children, youth, college or beyond, Joshua is thankful to God to have the privilege of being called to full-time ministry and always looks forward to what God will do. Joshua loves preaching the Word of God, worshiping the Lord through praise, spending time with family, friends, and church members, and sharing in life together with others.
Don Kammer, Chaplain
During the search for a new English Pastor, Chaplain Don served CCC at the pulpit, by providing counseling, and in leadership with religious education programs. Chaplain Don continues to in these capacities as we complete the transition to our new pastor.
Chaplain Don Kammer moved to the metro D.C. area in 2014 with his wife, Mei Shan (Josephine, a native of Hong Kong), from Germany following his retirement from the United States Army as a military chaplain. They have enjoyed attending and serving in CCC since then. Don appreciates clear and passionate communication of the Word of God and strives to be a good teacher and mentor.
Don came to know Jesus when he was a lost twenty-one-year-old soldier living and working on top of a hill in West Berlin at the invitation of 3 Christian strangers to attend a Christian Music Festival in London. Since then he has completed three graduate programs, including his Master of Divinity at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (1989) in Springfield Missouri, MA degrees from Missouri State University (1990) and the College of William and Mary (2005). Don is ordained in the Potomac Ministry Network.
Before serving as a chaplain he taught ESL in Changchun, China and in Southern California. He also pastored churches in Missouri and Southern California. While an active duty military chaplain he led chapels from Fort Lee, Virginia to Fort Campbell, Kentucky; overseas he led chapels in Wiesbaden, Heidelberg, Mannheim and South Asia.
Don enjoys reading, history, teaching, National Parks and spending time with his family.
Linda Wong, Church Administrator 李蓮達
Linda is a native Washingtonian, having been raised, educated, and married in the Washington metro area. She became a believer in the 7th grade under the mentorship of a dedicated Sunday School teacher at the Beltsville United Methodist Church. After transferring membership to CCC, she has been privileged to serve God in numerous ways and positions at CCC from Sunday School teacher, almost all the Official Board offices, and numerous committees.
After earning her Masters degree in Education she worked for the State of Maryland as a Rehabilitation Counselor for many years before taking on the roles of wife, mother, school parent volunteer, Library Media Assistant and now CCC Administrator. She is convinced that God has always placed her where He wants her to serve, whether in the church or in the world.
Jenny has served as CCC’s Administrative Assistant since 2012. She came from China to the US for studies more than 20 years ago. Before settling in Maryland with her husband and children, she trained and worked as a geoscience engineer in Houston, Texas.
After a long journey of seeking, she became a born again Christian several years ago and uses Micah 6:8 as a guide for her life, He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.