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Phone: (952) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  United States
Evangelical Free Church of America
901 East 78Th Street
Minneapolis , Minnesota 55420
United States

Company Description: The Evangelical Free Church of America is an association of some 1,300 autonomous churches united by a mutual commitment to serve our Lord Jesus Christ with the...   more

Employment History


  • B.As , Psychology and Sociology
    UC Davis
  • Masters of Christian Education
  • Masters , Theology
  • B.A.s , Psychology and Sociology
    UC Davis
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Recent EFCA Authors • EFCA Today, 11 May 2011 [cached]
Brian Chan Lead pastor, One Thing Church (EFCA), Hollywood, Calif.
Ron Tilley, Luis Martinez, Brian ..., 30 April 2011 [cached]
Ron Tilley, Luis Martinez, Brian Chan, Ruth Arnold, Chris Crye, David Myles
(Facilitator: Brian Chan)
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Staff - One Thing Church, 14 May 2013 [cached]
Pastor: Brian Chan
My passion is my love for God and the grace I have is His love for me." -Brian
Brian was born and raised in San Francisco with many moments on the beach, starring at the ocean. His parents emigrated from Hong Kong and so he learned to speak Cantonese from them along with many Hong Kong movies as his tutors. He graduated from UC Davis with B.As in Psychology and Sociology. He worked in the social service field for four and a half years before answering the call to ministry in 2000 under the mentorship of Pastor Alan Ginn from Chinese Bible Church in Sacramento. Then he was off to Dallas Theological Seminary within the first year of marrying Ellen. He graduated with a Masters in Theology and a Masters of Christian Education in 2004. He is currently a faculty at Biola University, teaching a class on "Beauty & Spirituality. He is also a juror for the 168 Film Project. And, he is the author of the book, The Purple Curtain: Living Out Beauty in Faith & Culture from a Biblical Perspective.
Brian has been a professional artist for nine years, dabbling in oils, acrylics and charcoals. He also enjoys wilderness backpacking, creative writing, reading, film-making, drama production, volleyball, and Chinese martial arts (esp. Wing Chun). Also check out his personal blog at that covers life &philosophy, film & theology, and more.
Brian and his wife, Ellen, met in cognitive psychology class at UC Davis. She was also a psychology major. However, at the time, she was dating someone else, so they were just friends. After graduation, serving in college ministry, and playing lots of video games together, they started dating (she broke up with her ex a year before, in case you were wondering).
Hollywood Connect | Speaker Profiles, 4 Nov 2010 [cached]
Brian Chan
Brian S. Chan
Visual Artist, Pastor & Teacher
One Thing Church
Brian S. Chan was born and raised in San Francisco as a first generation Chinese American. He has been married to Ellen for 11 years, and they live in Hollywood. He graduated from the University of California in Davis with B.A. degrees in psychology and sociology. He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a Th.M. in historical theology and a M.A. in Christian Education, and there he completed his thesis research on the beauty of God. Presently, he is the founding and lead pastor of One Thing Church in Hollywood. He leads discussions on faith & film and beauty & theology in the Hollywood community. He is on the faculty at Biola University, teaching Beauty and Spirituality. He also is a doctoral candidate at Talbot School of Theology, studying philosophy and culture. In addition to his ministry and teaching endeavors, he has also been an exhibiting visual artist in the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago and Dallas; he was a juror for the 168 Film Festival in 2011. With two black belts in kung fu, he is the instructor of a Wing Chun kung fu studio in Hollywood. He recently authored a book on the impact of beauty on personal, spiritual and social life entitled The Purple Curtain: Living Out Beauty in Faith and Culture from a Biblical Perspective, released in 2011.
Ron Tilley, Luis Martinez, Brian ..., 8 May 2009 [cached]
Ron Tilley, Luis Martinez, Brian Chan, Ruth Arnold, Chris Crye, David Myles
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