OUR PASTORS


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Anthony Brown

Senior Minister

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Anthony came to faith in Christ at age 12, through a group of Christian students and staff in his school in Northeast England. Anthony began participating in church life at an evangelical Anglican church at age 15 and has worked continuously in the Church since leaving high school 30 years ago. His work in the Church has primarily been in the roles of evangelist, preacher, professor, and pastor. In addition to studying theology at Oxford and Regent College, Anthony has completed comprehensive courses through the Baptist Union of Great Britain. Anthony is married to Helen (for 24 years) and they have an 18-year-old son, Joshua. He values his family life - eating meals together daily and observing a weekly family day.

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Justin Kim

Executive Minister

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Justin was born in Seoul, South Korea. At the age of 5, he immigrated to Ascunsion, Paraguay and spent a significant part of his childhood there. During his teens, he moved to the States. Before transitioning to Vancouver, BC, Justin lived in the Washington DC region. He now makes his home in the West End with Anna and their three little ones. Justin and Anna are actively involved in the West End community through the Parent Advisory Council at the Lord Roberts School Annex. Justin is working towards completing his doctoral program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. 

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Andrea Tisher

Minister of Worship

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Andrea is a vocalist, pianist, arranger and composer whose study of theology has led to a passion for thoughtful worship. She completed her Master's degree in Christian Studies from Regent College in 2009. Before joining the team at First, from 2005 to 2011, she worked as the Coordinator of Music and Worship at Regent. Andrea grew up in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and now lives in Richmond, BC with her husband Gordon, daughter Emily, and son Brendan. 

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Bob Swann

Minister of Mission

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Though born and raised in the BC Okanagan, Bob is really a citizen of the world. Before joining the pastoral team in 1999, Bob spent many years working with Canadian Baptist Ministries in Liberia and Kenya before returning to Canada to work with the Somali community in Toronto. He has made, and continues to lead, mission trips regularly, caring passionately for those in need both on the Vancouver streets and abroad. Bob lives in Richmond BC with his wife Anne. He loves the great outdoors and spending time with their three grown children, children-in-law and two precious granddaughters.

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Filipe Balieiro

Director of Youth Ministry

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Before joining the team at First, Filipe served at West Point Grey Baptist Church as a Youth Ministry/Adult Education Intern. Previous to West Point Grey, he served as an Associate Pastor at Mount Horeb Baptist Church in Brazil for over 4 years. He graduated with a Master of Divinity from Regent College. In addition, Filipe has an MBA from Fundacao Getulio Vargas (Brazil) and a decade of experience in the business sector. Filipe is an avid soccer player and foodie. He and his wife, Jozilda, have been married for 10 years and they recently welcomed their first child, Antonio. 

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Daniel Foster Fabiano

Director of Children and Preteens Ministries

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Daniel spent 15 years of his life in Southern Africa as his mother served as a missionary in Angola. Following his time in Angola, he lived in North Carolina—finishing high school and university as well as working with the youth in a local church. Daniel is a citizen of a number of countries— he is Canadian, American, and Angolan. Daniel studied Applied Theology at Regent College. When he isn’t working, you can find Daniel at a soccer field. He is happily married to Jenna. 

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John Tsang

Minister of Congregational Care

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John was born in Hong Kong, immigrated to Canada at the age of 7, and was raised in Windsor, Ontario.  After graduating from Tyndale Seminary, John began his pastoral ministry as youth pastor in a CBOQ church in Scarborough.  The Lord led him and his family to Richmond in 1997 and since then, has called Vancouver home.  John is a life long student and has completed programs at Regent College, Gordon-Conwell, and most recently, Clinical Pastoral Education through Providence Health.  Some of his favourite things include: John Chrysostom, St. Basil, snowboarding, things with 2 wheels, Chinese green tea, and Tikka Masala.  John is married to Karmie and together, they have three children - Josiah, Hannah, and Noah.

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Rebecca Thornber

Minister of Discipleship and Community

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Rebecca grew up in Ottawa and completed her undergrad at the University of Toronto. She has spent most of her career serving with Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship both in Canada and abroad. Before coming to Vancouver she spent five years in France, in Nice and Paris, working with the Groupes Bibliques Universitaires (GBU), a ministry to university students.  She has completed an MA in Theological Studies at Regent College with a concentration in the History of Christianity.  Rebecca loves history, learning about different cultures, eating sushi and French cuisine, running, and discovering new coffee shops around the city. 

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Stuart Campbell

Connection Group Coordinator

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Stuart and his wife Maria have been most happy to call Vancouver home for the past four years as Stuart pursued his studies at Regent College toward a Master of Divinity, focusing his studies on biblical languages. Languages, both ancient and modern, are one of his life’s great interests, and they have carried him and Maria to various parts of the world; Stuart studied abroad in Spain in college, taught ESL in China for four years, and subsequently taught Spanish and Mandarin for five years at an Episcopal high school in Northern Virginia, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School.