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Anthony Brown

Senior Minister



Anthony has been serving in one form of Christian ministry or another from the time he left high school in 1988. He came to faith in Christ at age 12 through a Christian Union group in his school in Northeast England and has worked in the roles of evangelist, non-profit director, preacher, professor, and pastor. Anthony has theological degrees from Oxford University and Regent College, where he taught applied theology part-time for 14 years. In addition to pastoral leadership, Anthony has also been involved in founding and leading several non-profit agencies helping to form missional churches and leaders in Canada, the UK, and the US. Anthony is married to Helen, a social worker and pastoral counsellor, and they have a son, Joshua, currently studying wildlife biology.

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Justin Kim

Executive Minister


AREA PASTOR | West End, Downtown

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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Bob Swann

Minister of Mission


AREA PASTOR | Richmond, Shelter, Homeless friends, volunteers, and workers

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


Area Pastor | West Point Grey, Kitsilano

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


AREA PASTOR | Coquitlam, Burnaby

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


Area Pastor | Vancouver East, New Westminster, Delta, Surrey, Richmond

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


Area Pastor | West Point Grey, Kitsilano

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


AREA PASTOR | Cambie, South Granville, Oakridge, Kerrisdale

Stuart and his wife Maria have been happy to call Vancouver home for the past seven years, having moved to this beautiful area so that Stuart could pursue a Master of Divinity at Regent College, focusing on biblical Hebrew and Greek.  Languages, both ancient and modern, are one of his life’s great interests, and they have carried he 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 in Northern Virginia at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School.  He currently lectures in summer Greek at Regent.  He dreams of sharing his love for all these languages--as well as his passions for soccer and tennis, jazz and classical music--with his newborn daughter Jubilee.