Our New Jersey church was planted in June 2017 as a new church plant of Gracepoint Ministries with the vision of planting an Acts 2 church in every college town!
For many of us, college was a momentous and decisive time: Christ’s all-consuming call to discipleship grabbed a hold of our hearts and our lives, and we experienced the richness of a biblical, counter-cultural Christian community. It’s an experience we want to replicate for others – an Acts 2 church in every college town.
William hit rock bottom at a high point in is life: all was good, but all was meaningless. That is how William found life; And that’s how Jesus found him. Since then, when he was just a junior in college, William has been gripped by the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ and God’s amazing grace. God transformed this frat boy into a pastor and into one of the leaders at our church. William graduated from UC Berkeley (Go Bears!) in 1991 with a degree in Economics. He worked as a consultant, a programmer and a business analyst in SF before entering full time ministry. He received his M.Div. from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC.
Esther grew up as a pastor’s kid in a large Korean congregation in southern California. Surrounded by pastors all of her life (grandfather, brother and uncles are all pastors), she wasn’t all too surprised when William decided to enter full time ministry in 2002. She studied Geography at UC Berkeley and worked as a transportation planner and SAS programmer after graduating from college. She has worked alongside William as a minister and director over many of our ministries ever since they were married.
William and Esther serve as regional pastors over Gracepoint East Coast Churches. If they’re not in Fairfax, VA, then they’re at one of our churches leading leaders, team members and students. And if they’re not there, then they’re somewhere along I-95, I-70, or the beltway, trying to stay awake, avoiding potholes, paying a toll, missing the freeways of California and looking forward to being with their two grown children.
Joe and Annie Song lead Gracepoint New Jersey. Joe made a decision to
follow Christ as a freshman at UC Berkeley when he was amazed to
discover the evidence supporting Christianity and understand the basic
gospel message. After graduating with a degree in biology, he took
the next obvious step of studying law at UC Hastings and practiced law
for 12 years before going into full-time ministry. He is currently in
the Master of Apologetics program at Biola University and is a
chaplain at Rutgers University.
Annie studied political science at UC Berkeley and went to UCSF and
became a nurse practitioner. After practicing for a few years, she
went into full-time ministry. While she still often triages people’s
injuries, she’s focused on spiritual healing and mentorship. She
partners with Joe in ministering to students at Rutgers and raising
their three young daughters.
New to Christianity or not yet a Christ follower, but interested in what religion is all about? We invite you to see for yourself: the Bible, the God who reveals Himself, and the spiritual community of the church.
Our church is part of Gracepoint Ministries, the family of all our ministries across different cities. Currently, we have ministries in Berkeley, Davis, Austin, Minneapolis, Riverside, San Diego, Los Angeles, Irvine, Santa Barbara, Seattle, Santa Cruz, Hsinchu, Taiwan, Pittsburgh, DMV, Chapel Hill.