Ken Fong was appointed part-time executive director of the Asian American Initiative beginning September 2013 and assistant professor of Asian American church studies as of July 2014.
Fong is a third-generation Chinese American who has become a trailblazer in ministry with Asian Americans. He grew up in Sacramento and graduated with a bachelor’s in biological science from UC Berkeley in 1976. He completed his MDiv degree in 1981 at Fuller Seminary, the same year he was called as the associate pastor of Evergreen Baptist Church of Los Angeles, located today in Rosemead, California. His 1990 Doctor of Ministry thesis researched the then-unseen issue of the blended future for many Asian American churches, framed with the prevailing assumptions of the Church Growth movement, and was self-published in 1991 as the first book on the future of Asian American ministries: Insights for Growing Asian American Ministries. Eight years later, a radically rewritten version—Pursuing the Pearl—was published by Judson Press and continues to be an assigned text in classes on Asian American ministry. Since he was called to be senior pastor in 1996, he has led EvergreenLA to become the first English-only multi-Asian American (10-12 different APIs), multiethnic, multigenerational churches in North America.
Ken has served on the boards of IWA, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA, Westmont College, and the Asian American Drug Abuse Program. He is in demand as a conference speaker, having spoken at Moody Bible’s Founders’ Week, JEMS (Japanese Evangelical Missionary Society) Mt. Hermon, and served as the main Bible expositor for Urbana 2000, speaking daily to over 20,000 conferees.
- CO522: Narrative-Communication in a Visual Age
- PM544: Asian American Contexts and Missional Leadership
- PR532: Transformational Preaching in Asian American Contexts
Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching
Leading organizational change, narrative-communication with powerfully designed visuals, Asian American preaching, critical yet overlooked issues of Asian American ministries, ministry that includes the overlooked and excluded