Teaching Elder

One of the hardest stories to tell is your own. Mostly because you know too much, and you tend to be a bit conflicted on the topic. I can see now our Father had a real purpose and plan in it all. I felt a call to ministry when I was 9 years old. My father was a Jew and my mother an Irish catholic, but they both abandoned those worlds in the 60’s, choosing drugs and Buddhism to find God. It was all macrobiotics and marijuana, living off the land and rejecting society. That witch’s season almost destroyed our lives, but then in 1974 a Christian family took us in. We had been wandering homeless for over a year, living out of a pick up truck and scraping by. Our lives turned in a direction we never saw coming, and within a year I came to Christ and felt the calling to preach. I don’t really understand the ministry, and I’ve suggested to our Lord over the years it might not be a good idea for me. It was so clear to me then and it’s even clearer now that He called me, but I still feel like an imposter as a pastor. I’ve always felt that way, even with the certainty and clarity of my call. I guess that’s what drives me again and again to Jesus. I was invited by the presbyterian church to come out here and start a new spiritual community for the city, a different sort of startup. That’s why I’m here. I was glad when they said to me “go plant a church in San Francisco.” God had already planted a church through me in Atlanta, but that never felt like home. This place does. I love this city because it’s as ruined as I am, and that’s how I know its hope is my hope.

God is good.
Praise Him!

Frankie Kwak

Ruling Elder

I’ve called San Francisco home since 2005. I love spending time with my wife and two daughters and looking for the best cheap eats in a city that prides itself on high-class cuisine. I also enjoy the geeky things in life: sci-fi movies, video games, and watching good documentaries. My day job is working on movie special effects, and I love that this means helping directors tell (hopefully worthwhile) stories.  I believe that God’s redemptive story undergirds all of creation and thus is present in all the most compelling stories we hear and tell; my deepest desire for my family and our church is that we will have the same passion to proclaim and share His story above all else, to all nations, tribes and tongues!

Ted Lucas

Ruling Elder

My wife, Sara, and I moved to San Francisco from NYC in 2002 and have been blessed to be part of the First Presbyterian family since 2015.  In our time here, we have borne witness to the amazing growth of the faith community in new churches being planted and expanding ministries of mercy to bless and serve those in need.  By God’s grace, our church is very much a part of the redemptive work our Master is doing in our beautiful city among the people He so deeply loves, and I am honored to humbly serve and seek to care for our congregation as an Elder.

Cory Mead

Ruling Elder

Originally from the Baltimore area, I moved to San Francisco in 2014, shortly after getting married. Since then, my wife and I have felt called to root ourselves in the transient city of San Francisco and to offer our home as a place of rest and refreshment. I’m passionate about books, BBQ, and helping people connect every aspect of their lives (particularly their work) to the Gospel.