Dr. Lau grew up in Singapore, before it became the place known for Crazy Rich Asians. He studied engineering at Stanford University and worked in Silicon Valley for ten years, obtaining patents in the field of computer engineering. In 1998, he sensed God’s call to ministry and pursued theological studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (TEDS) and Emory University. In 2008, returned to TEDS to teach New Testament studies. His publications include The Politics of Peace: Ephesians, Dio Chrysostom, and the Confucian Four Books (Brill), and the introduction and notes for Ephesians in the NIV Study Bible (Zondervan). He is currently writing a monograph on Paul’s use of shame for moral formation. Apart from his teaching ministry, Dr. Lau preaches regularly at his home church North Suburban Evangelical Free Church. Dr. Lau is married to Karen and they have two teenage daughters—Amelia and Anastasia.
Daniel Bair has been serving in inner city at-risk neighborhoods for two decades. Most of that time has been in the Englewood neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Moody Bible Institute and his Master’s Degree from Wheaton Graduate School. He and his wife, Faith, live in the west suburbs with their three children (Arielle, Titus, and Carissa). Daniel serves as the Executive Director of Urban Youth & Family Outreach in Englewood where they host teams from around the country every year training them how to more effectively evangelize to the lost and how to more appropriately help those living in poverty.
Jonathan is a freelance videographer and editor based in Los Angeles. He also works part time at Stream of Praise, a ministry that produces Mandarin language worship music. More recently, Jonathan has enjoyed producing videos for international missions organizations. In his spare time, Jonathan likes to exercise, follow the NBA and watch YouTube videos about expensive camera equipment (that he can’t afford).
Sherry Lin was born in Des Plaines, IL but grew up in a county called Nantou in Taiwan for half of her childhood. In third grade, her family moved to Downers Grove, IL, where she began to attend Taiwanese Presbyterian Church (TPC) in Lombard. Through the community at TPC, Sherry was introduced to the Gospel and accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior at the young age of ten years old. In junior high, Sherry began to attend youth group at Chinese Christian Mandarin Church (CCMC). Through years of Bible study, times of prayer, retreats, and fellowship at CCMC, Sherry began understand the meaning of receiving Christ as LORD of her life. She has been on a journey of understanding the difficulties and joys of that truth ever since.
In college, Sherry served at Harvest Mission Community Church (HMCC) and graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) with a degree in nutrition. She worked as a clinical dietitian at Holy Cross Hospital and as a food service coordinator at Breakthrough Urban Ministries to serve men and women experiencing homelessness. Combining her passions for service, dance, and nutrition, Sherry created her own nutrition consulting company called Rhythm and Nutrition in 2017.
Sherry is also a professional dancer, choreographer, and dance educator. She has performed in over 200 shows as a member of Hip Hop ConnXion Dance Company and the Chicago Urban Dance Collective. Her most recent performance was presented at the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Chicago. Sherry is currently a graduate student at the University of Michigan pursuing a Master's degree in Fine Arts in Dance.
Samuel Schleif serves as pastor of English Ministries at Truth Lutheran Church in Naperville, Il. Where he’s been since 2016. Samuel received his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Pastor Ministry and Preaching from the Moody Bible Institute and Moody Theological Seminary in 2015. Samuel is called to work as an agent of spiritual revival and awakening through preaching, teaching, writing, prayer, and healing ministry. Samuel is excited about the dynamic work of the Holy Spirit in our generation.
Samuel lives near his church in Naperville, Illinois, though he originally hails from Madison, Wisconsin. Samuel enjoys literature, the arts, playing sports, and conversation.
Hans and Irene Sun are learning how to grow and serve together in the Lord. Hans studied biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University before going to law school at the University of Minnesota and working as a patent attorney in Minneapolis. As he attempted to become a crazy rich Asian, God awakened a love for the Word in his heart. God nurtured this love through the community and teachers of Central Baptist Seminary. Upon graduation, Hans came to Trinity Evangelical Divinity School to work on a Ph.D. in Theological Studies where Irene joined him after finishing her study at Yale Divinity School.
For the past thirteen years, Hans and Irene have served in the Chicago area at CCMC. Last December, they completed a long journey when the Lord brought them to graduation together. During this time, God has blessed them with four boys whom they are homeschooling. Irene just published God Counts: Numbers in His Word and His World with New Growth Press as a way of teaching children about God as they learn about their world. They are currently seeking the Lord's direction for the next stage of their journey.
William Wu was born in Taiwan and moved to the U.S. at the age of eight. William began to go to church with his family where he accepted Christ as Savior while part of the youth group. William went on to attend Wheaton College for his undergraduate studies, receiving a BA degree in English Literature. After that, he attended Drake University Law School and received a JD degree and worked as a prosecutor for over twelve years at the Winnebago County State's Attorney's Office and then with the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office. During that time, he married his wife Vivian in 2000 and later began to serve together in 2008 at Chicago Northwest Suburban Chinese Christian Church. In 2016, William received a MDiv degree from Moody Theological Seminary, and is currently the youth pastor there. In his free time, William enjoys spending time with Vivian, cooking, and playing board games.