OUR PASTORS


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Anthony Brown

Senior Minister

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AREA PASTOR | NORTH SHORE

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

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AREA PASTOR | burnaby

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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Filipe Balieiro

Director of International Ministries

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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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David Nacho

Director of Street Ministries

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David was born and raised in Bolivia and immigrated to Canada in 1997. After finishing his degree in Communications at Simon Fraser University, David began his studies at Regent College, where he and Suzannah met. David received a Master of Divinity (2004) and a Master of Theology at Regent College (2009). He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. program at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies. David and Suzannah got married in 2006. Since then, they have served with Canadian Baptist Ministries in Latin America in various positions, including youth ministry, community development, church mobilizing and, most recently, theological education at graduate and grassroots levels. David and Suzannah have three children: Sofia, Andrés, and Anna Laura. 

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Daniel Foster Fabiano

Director of Preteens and Youth Ministries

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AREA PASTOR | Coquitlam

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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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

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Area Pastor | NEW WESTMINSTER

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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Dr. Benjamin Ewert

Minister of Worship

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AREA PASTOR | VANCOUVER EAST

Ben was born in Gramado, Brazil, the son of missionary parents working for Janz Team Ministries (now Teach Beyond). At the age of 7 his family moved back to Canada and he spent many of his formative years in Winnipeg. Ben holds two undergraduate degrees (Prairie College and Trinity Western University), a Masters degree (Choral Studies) from the University of Cambridge and a DMus (Choral Conducting) from the University of Alberta. His research interests lie chiefly in music and meaning at the intersection of sacred and secular culture. Ben has been actively involved in musical worship ministry for over twenty years. He has led music and worship arts programs in Baptist and Anglican churches both in Canada and the UK, and as precentor of the chapel at Churchill College, Cambridge. His prayer for the Church is that the Lord would ‘open our lips’ to worship, and that our lives would ‘show forth his praise.’ The Ewert family live in East Vancouver where he, his wife Krista and their three children, Jakob, Ella, and Audrey, serve as a host family at Kinbrace, helping to welcome refugee claimants and asylum seekers to Canada.

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Joseph Leong

Director of Operations

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AREA PASTOR | WEST END, DOWNTOWN

Joseph was born and raised in a loving Christian family and was baptized at Philadelphia Church Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  Joseph went into full-time ministry right after his postgraduate studies as he has always been sensing a deep call to serve the church, especially the next generation. He has spent over ten years serving in youth ministry. Currently, he is in his fourth year pursuing a Master of Divinity at Regent College. He is happily married to Angeline Teay (our Communication Coordinator).

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Suzannah Nacho

Interim Director of Children's Ministry

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Suzannah was born and raised in San Jose, California.  In 2002 she received a BA in English Literature from the University of Southern California and moved to Vancouver to study at Regent College.  While there she met her husband David and completed a MA in Spiritual Theology with a concentration in Missions and Evangelism (2005). In 2006 they were married and joined Canadian Baptist Ministries and served 14 years in Latin America.  Suzannah has worked in youth and children’s ministry, hosting volunteers for local church involvement, and teaching theological education.  She is passionate about telling the biblical story to children and finding ways to enter the narrative through art, and play.  David and Suzannah have three children, Sofía, Andrés and Anna Laura.  Suzannah loves running, swimming and being outdoors with her family.