Dr. Raymond Y. Chang
BA (Biola), MDiv (Talbot), STM (Dallas), DMin (in progress Trinity Evangelical Divinity School)
Ray Chang was born in Seoul, Korea and came to the United States in 1973, growing up in a bi-cultural and bilingual family. His childhood was spent primarily in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas of Southern California.
In 1988, Ray graduated from Biola University with a BA in Biblical Studies. Throughout his studies he was actively involved in youth and campus ministry. After graduation, Ray entered Talbot Theological Seminary and in 1990 received an MDiv, with a focus on Biblical Exposition. He is currently pursuing his DMin in church planting at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
After a year of teaching at Biola University as an adjunct instructor in Biblical Studies, Ray entered Dallas Theological Seminary and graduated in 1992 with a STM in Systematic Theology. Wanting to be better trained and equipped, Ray applied for a one-year residency at First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton under the ministry of Chuck Swindoll and Paul Sailhamer. During the residency, Ray became licensed and ordained with the Evangelical Free Church of America.
In 1993, Ray received his first pastorate as an associate pastor in a Korean American Presbyterian church in Vienna, Virginia (a suburb of Washington DC), where he served for three years. During this time, the church grew from 60 to 250 attenders.
In 1996, Ray received a calling to plant a multi-cultural church in the Washington DC suburbs. Partnering with the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA), Ray planted Ambassador Bible Church in Falls Church, Virginia. The church began with a small core of 11 people meeting in his apartment, and grew to 150 before returning in 2000 to his home church at First Evangelical Free Church of Fullerton.
After serving three years as the Pastor of Outreach at Fullerton, Ray planted Ambassador Church in 2003 with the support of the Fullerton Church and denomination. He is currently serving at the church as the senior pastor, is working as a lead trainer in church planting with the EFCA, is serving on the Diversity Task Force for EFCA, and is on the Evangelical Christian Credit Union Pastoral Advisory Committee.
In Ray’s spare time, he is an adjunct teacher at Talbot Theological Seminary and enjoys tinkering with hi-tech gadgets. He is big fan of Apple computers, loves sports, and is passionate about seeing churches planted!
Ray and his wife Sun currently reside in Brea, CA and have twin daughters, Kristen and Karissa who are in first grade.