Our preaching minister, John Poole, was born and raised in Texas. He began studying the Bible full time in 2000 when he enrolled in the Sunset International Bible Institute, in Lubbock, TX. After he completed his studies at Sunset in 2002, John enrolled in Lubbock Christian University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Bible and Ministry in 2004.
During his time in Sunset and L.C.U., he made several trips to Bogotá, Colombia, where he worked with one of the congregations in that city. It was in Bogotá that he met his wonderful wife, Johanna, with whom he has been happily married since June, 2004.
John and his wife have moved here to Fresno and began working with us in August 2015. John loves Jesus, loves preaching from God’s word, and is looking forward to a long, loving relationship with this congregation.
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Joel Harper has been with us since June 2013. He was born and raised in West Tennessee. He attended college at Freed-Hardeman University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Bible, with an emphasis in Missions. In 2012 Joel married his High School Sweetheart, Margaret Ellen. In August 2013 they were blessed with their first child, Owen. They welcomed their second child two years later in April of 2015. In 2017 they welcomed their third baby boy, Jack. Joel and Margaret Ellen love to travel. While in college they were blessed to be a part of mission trips to Ukraine, Costa Rica, Mexico, and South Africa. These travels helped to shape their love for missions and for young people. Joel also worked for Mid-South Youth Camp for two summers while in school. They love young people and are excited to work with the youth and families here at Woodward Park.
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Thao S. Vang is the Minister for the Hmong Congregation at Woodward Park Church of Christ. Thao Vang graduated from Sunset International Biblical Institute with an Associate Degree in Biblical Study and a Bachelor in Ministry. Thao Vang also graduated from Union Institute and University with a Bachelor in Criminal Justice Management. Thao Vang and his loving wife, Gloria Vue, have been leading, preaching, and teaching the Gospel to the Hmong Congregation and surrounding Fresno Community for over 15 years. In addition to doing the Lord’s work, Thao Vang currently works as a law enforcement officer. Thao Vang and Gloria Vue have 5 children and a grand baby. They are faithful members of the Church of Christ.
Thoj X. Vaj yog tus xibfwb rau Hmoob Pawg Ntseeg nyob hauv Woodward Park Church of Christ. Thoj Vaj kawm Vajtswv Txojlus tiav nyob nram Sunset International Biblical Institute. Nws tuav ib daim Associate Degree uas yog Bilbical Study thiab nws tuav ib daim Bachelor Degree rau Ministry. Tsis tas li no xwb, nws tseem kawm tiav ib daim Bachelor Degree rau Criminal Justice Management los ntawm Union Institute and University. Thoj Vaj thiab nws tus pojniam, Gloria Vwj, nkawv coj cov ntseeg, qhia Vajtswv Txojlus, thiab cev Vajtswv Txojlus rau cov ntseeg, thiab cov neeg hauv lub zej zos Fresno los mus tau li 15 tawm lub xyoo no lawm. Tsis yog tias nws ua Vajtswv dejnum xwb, niaj hnub no Thoj Vaj kuj ua dejnum uas yog ib tug Tub Ceevxeem rau nomtswv. Thoj Vaj thiab Gloria Vwj nkawv muaj 5 tug menyuam thiab ib tug ntxhais xeebntxwv. Lawv puav leej yog cov ntseeg uas nyob hauv Church of Christ.
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Joe's dream is that all of us at Woodward Park would teach and reach all in our area with the Gospel of Christ and extend the name of Jesus to all who do not know him. He enjoys the Bible, the Dodgers, the Bible, and the 49ers. Joe's favorite Bible verse is 2 Timothy 4:1, "I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: 2 preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction".
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John has been working for Woodward Park Church of Christ as the Laotian Minister full
time since 1996. He is married to Pam and they have four children, two girls two boys, Michelle, Susan,
Eric and Brian. John also volunteers working with community leaders among Laotians in Fresno
County to help those in need. In his spare time John enjoys hunting, fishing and camping.
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Hello my name is César Gámez and I’m married to Ixchel. We have two boys, Simei and his little brother Seth. I’m originally from Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico and my wife is from Mexico City. In 2010, I earned a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies with high distinction from Sunset International Bible Institute in Lubbock, Texas. Since 2011, I have been serving as the Hispanic preacher at Woodward Park Church of Christ, where I preach and teach every Sunday and Wednesday to the Spanish-speaking congregation. My wife and I love teaching the bible personally, so anyone interested is welcome into our home to have a bible study or we also visit those who prefer to open their homes. Before migrating to the United States, I worked as a Software Engineer in various companies. Also while in Mexico, my wife earned her bachelor’s degree in public accounting while working for the government of Baja California. Our deepest desire is to serve both the spiritual and physical needs of the Hispanic community through the preaching and teaching of the Gospel of Christ. If you want to contact me, send me an email or call the church office. God bless you! FUN FACT: The Spanish language uses accents. If you pronounce my name without an accent (Cesar instead of César) it means “to cease”. So next time, try to pronounce my name correctly and you will get a reward!
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