Pastor, Cantonese Congregation
Kevin Lau grew up in Macao and Hong Kong. He became a Christian while attending college in the United States. As a result, he has a passion to reach out and to disciple Cantonese speaking college students and young adults. He also has a great burden to reach out to the Cantonese community in the Baltimore-DC area. He was a member of the church planting team of CBCCP where he has been serving since 1988 in various ministries. Through serving, he experienced God’s tremendous blessings in his spiritual growth and in the growth of CBCCP.
He dedicated his life to serve God full time in 1989. In 1999, he responded to God’s call to attend Capital Bible Seminary to get his theological training. His vision for ministry is to cultivate a spiritual environment in which seekers can come to know the eternal God, and believers can grow in Christ and serve together as a family regardless of their age and background.
His biblical role model is the apostle Paul. His desire is to learn from Paul who dedicated his life wholeheartedly to serve God. God’s inspired word in Paul’s letters has been always an encouragement and challenge to him. His two favorite verses are:
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.” (Acts 20:24)
He and his wife love to meet new friends. They invite you to come and join them to experience God’s love and grace, and to grow in His truth.
Pastor, English Congregation
By God’s grace, Plato came to hear and accept the good news of Jesus Christ during a Christian summer camp during his elementary school years. The family friends who invited him to that camp began to take him weekly to their church, and he spent the remainder of his childhood years active in the church. However, he went through a significant phase of “Sunday Christianity” until getting to know more committed believers in his last year of high school. At that time, he was challenged to seriously pursue Christ and live out his Christian faith 24/7. This pursuit began in earnest during his college years at the University of Michigan, where he was heavily involved in the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. During those years, he gained a vision of God’s high calling for the Christian life and committed to following and serving God throughout His life. He also began to sense that God would eventually call him to serve in full-time Christian ministry at some point.
After completing graduate school in 1990, he moved to Maryland to begin work as an environmental engineer and joined CBC-CP shortly thereafter. After actively serving for a number of years, he became a church elder in 1998, and he began to sense more strongly that God was leading him to consider full-time ministry. With that in mind, in 2000 he began seminary training part-time at Capital Bible Seminary while continuing to work as an engineer full-time. He completed his Masters of Divinity degree in 2009, and in 2011 responded to God and the church’s call to become the English Minister.
The Lord has placed a real burden in his heart for CBC-CP and its growth as a healthy intergenerational/intercongregational body that honors and exalts the Triune God, loves and serves one another, and reaches out to the lost locally and globally. He desires to use his spiritual gifts and talents to help lead the English congregation to fulfill this vision and build many more committed disciples who know Jesus and make Him known to the whole world. He invites you to check out what the Lord is doing at CBC-CP and join us in proclaiming His glory throughout this community and to the ends of the earth!
Pastor, English Congregation
Kenneth was born and raised in a non Christian home in New York City. Since he grew up in a non-religious family, he had very little exposure to Christianity. It had never dawned on him that he had any need for a savior. Throughout his life he had always thought that if he was good he would be ok, never thinking he needed a savior. Like a typical Asian child, it was ingrained in him that my purpose was to get good grades, get a good job and bring honor to his family. In his first two years of college his grades plummeted and he was on the verge of failing out of school. So much of what he had valued and set his hopes on was collapsing. It was then that he began looking for something much more stable to put all of his hopes in. That summer, he met a Christian who was in a similar situation, yet whose joy in the Lord was very obvious. They became friends, and he invited Kenneth to church one Sunday. Reluctantly he went with him. It was there that he heard the Gospel for the first time; it was there that he came to know Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.
Kenneth attended Urbana 96 and it was there that God first put the idea of full time work on his heart. But that had to wait, after graduation he went home to work. While working, he served at his local church learning about Christ and learning what it meant to serve. Throughout those four years he kept hearing about the dearth of Asian American pastors and he kept praying to God, “Here am I Lord, send me.” Still one obstacle remained, his unbelieving parents. One day he sat down with them to talk about his future and it was a very short conversation. Much to his surprise they were OK with him going off into full time ministry. God had made a way! He went to Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and it was there that God confirmed in his heart for the Chinese church, specifically, Chinese Americans. He believes that Chinese Americans face a unique task of navigating two cultures, Chinese and American, never fully both, and never fully accepted by either. At the same time they are trying to express the love of Jesus in an ever growing, complex, anti-Christian world. It is within that context that he felt called to minister. After seminary he served in a Chinese church in Baltimore county as the English pastor and at Chinese Bible Church of Maryland as their Young Adult/College Pastor. He is married to Joanne and they have two lovely daughters.