On behalf of our Fremont Community Church Board of Elders, I would like to personally welcome you to our church family! We appreciate the time you are taking to peruse through our website to find out more about our church community!
I know that I speak for all of us when I say that we are both honored and humbled to be servant-leaders here at FCC. The qualifications and responsibilities of an elder as laid out in Scripture (I Timothy 3:2-7, Titus 1:6-9, I Pet. 5:1-4, Acts 20:28-31, and James 5:14) are enormous and remind us daily of how much we must rely on God’s wisdom and power in each one of us to fulfill them.
We as Elders:
- Provide spiritual oversight to our church body
- Manage our church
- Shepherd our flock
- Pray for those who are sick
Although we all come from a variety of different backgrounds, have different professions and vocations, and have been given different spiritual gifts and strengths, we come together as a unified body to serve our Lord and His people here at FCC!
Our hope and prayer for you as a part of Fremont Community Church is that you will not only receive spiritual nourishment and experience our wonderful community, but also that this would be a place where God can use all of the talents and gifts that He has blessed you with to touch those around you for His Kingdom!
God Bless You,
I (Benjie) moved to Fremont in 1999, and came to a missions banquet at FCC. While at the event, the College Director noticed that I was wearing a soccer shirt. He invited me to join the college indoor soccer team. That is when I decided that this was my church. That is also about the time I first met Jessica, who had been attending FCC with her mom and sister since 1990. Jessica’s mom had decided to start going to church, and FCC was close to home. She continued coming to FCC because on her second visit, the Senior Pastor remembered her name from her first visit!
FCC has most helped me grow as I have become a husband and father–first starting out with premarital counseling, and mentoring. I have found there is a wealth of wisdom in the people who attend FCC. I have been able to learn and grow so much by just asking someone out to coffee or breakfast. The times that I have spent with people learning about their lives and gaining godly wisdom from them has truly been amazing, and helped guide and direct my life.
FCC is where I (Jessica) first began to know Jesus and the good news of his salvation. The teaching and example of volunteer and staff leaders, from elementary to college-age ministries, helped me walk with Jesus and form spiritual disciplines like prayer, reading God’s word, and serving others. Christy Ingebretson particularly impacted me through discipleship and showing what a relationship with the living God could look like. As Benjie and I formed a family with our two sons, Peter and Nathan, I began to see FCC as a big extended family to which we belonged. And lately it’s been clear that we are a family with a mission—to do the work of our Father and His kingdom together.
Our children have also been impacted by this wider family, and the ministry of our school, Kimber Hills Academy. Not only have they been taught about God and their relationship to Him, they also have had opportunities to express their individual God-given talents and experience the joy of giving to help others. God’s faithfulness continues!
We started attending FCC in 1983 because our church in Berkeley was just a bit too far to attend from our new home in Milpitas with a toddler in tow. Marissa was just about 1½ years old and she just cried most of the way because she didn’t want to be in a car seat any longer. We knew Gary and Stephanie Louie had started attending FCC so we tried it out. We were so warmly welcomed in the young adults Sunday School class and received such inspiring words from the pulpit that we knew this was the place for us…and have been coming ever since!
Gregory and Allyson came later and all three children attended Christian Community Schools (now Kimber Hills Academy) from pre-school through 8th grade. The spiritual training and supportive environment of pastors, teachers, AWANA leaders and other like-minded parents and families were instrumental in the spiritual growth and maturity of our children into young adults. Later on, Doug was blessed to lead all three teenagers through the believer’s baptism in the FCC front parking lot! Marissa, a clinical pharmacist at the City of Hope, is married to Joe and has two active boys, Obadiah and Josiah, ages 5 and 2½. Joe, after serving in the US Air Force as a flight surgeon, is currently doing a medical residency at a Brooklyn, NY hospital but plans to be reunited with his family later this summer. Gregory received his MS in biomedical engineering and has been employed at the Palo Alto VA for the past 6 years. Our youngest, Allyson, is an optometrist and joined the professional staff at the Eye Medical Center in Fresno last July.
Doug is a registered civil engineer and has held positions at two consulting firms before coming to the Alameda County Water District where he’s been nearly 28 years. Cyndi’s professional career includes several years as a corporate accountant at Silicon Valley tech firms (and for a time at FCC) that bookend her 15-years as a stay-at-home Mom, raising (and chauffeuring) 3 kids. Small wonder that she’s such a great grandma, according to Obi and JD!
Doug & Cyndi have stretched and challenged in various FCC roles, including nursery care-giving, Evangelism Explosion visitations, home group leading, and serving as an Elder couple since the late 1990’s. Doug has also served as a church photographer, usher, tech team member, Men’s Ministry and Small Group leader. Cyndi has been active in AWANA, VBS, and spearheaded our family’s preparation of the communion elements for nearly 15 years. Now that Cyndi is back home after serving as a full-time grandma for 4 years in SoCal, you’ll probably begin to see Doug and Cyndi co-serving in the nursery, back to where they started over 30 years ago! The Lord has been so good to the Chuns in allowing us to serve and be served by this body of believers that we want to do our part in passing on that experience to the next generation of FCC families!
Harriet and I started attending FCC in 1981. It feels like yesterday. Then we had two children. Andrea was ready for school but too young for Kindergarten in public schools. We were able to enroll her at CCS and Stephanie in preschool. We met Jeneane Stevens and Marianne Lamas who were great with our children. We became friends and this led us to attend FCC.
By 1983, Becca and David were born. Fast forward to the present, we are now grandparents. We have 5 grandsons and 1 granddaughter. Chase and Cole Besmehn are 6 and 3. Carter and Everett Goodson are 4 and 2. Our newest grandson, Myles David Fong was born on December 5, 2015. Our first granddaughter Kallen Makena Goodson was born on January 19, 2016. God has blessed us, and we love every moment we can spend with the grandkids and their parents.
We have been at FCC through many stages of our life. Through the ups and downs we received the support from our church family when we needed. At other times we were able to provide support to those in need. The involvement of our children in the school and church was instrumental in their development as students, and in learning how to live their lives as believers. We joined a home group in the early years. We have been part of small groups since then. This is where we were able to, in a more intimate and relaxed environment, learn from studying the Bible, apply it in our lives and develop long term friendships. I eventually became a small group leader, and today still participate in our men’s group every week. Harriet continues to meet with her friends weekly. The support, challenging discussions and accountability has helped in our spiritual growth.
For the past 6 years, we have served as an Elder couple. While this responsibility can be daunting, it has been a joy to serve and to see how God continues to bless our FCC family. Even as we serve, we constantly ask ourselves if we are equipped for the role. God has said to us, He is in control and that we are to be humble in doing our best to honor Him in all we do. FCC has gone through significant changes, and we have realized that God has continued to direct our steps. So we have trusted Him as he has asked us to in my favorite verse, Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.”
Most recently, He has brought to FCC a strong visionary leader in Dave Chae. We are excited and look forward to how God will lead us into the future – Up, In and Out!
Stephanie and I found FCC in the Yellow Pages in 1982! Stephanie had just graduated from S.F. State with her Master’s degree in Special Education and was looking for Christian Schools at which to interview. She met Jeneane Stevens, the principal, and heard about the wonderful ministry of Christian Community Schools. I was surprised when she invited me to come in with Stephanie for a second interview because she wanted to find out how supportive I was of her potential ministry as a CCS teacher! After that interview we came to the CCS Spring Musical and we were so captivated by everything about CCS that she accepted the position.
We were attending a church in Berkeley that both of us (and our parents) had grown up in and we were both very involved in the ministry there (Young Marrieds Group and Worship leading), so we had to find a solution to meet the requirement that all teachers had to attend FCC. We ended up attending the morning service in Berkeley and the evening service at FCC! We did that for a number of years until we had Brandon, our first born, when we decided that we needed to get more involved in the local church community.
FCC opened our eyes in many ways. When we started we were only the 3rd or 4th Asian family here, and having grown up in an all-Asian church it was quite an adjustment! We were quite surprised to find that Ted and Harriet Fong were also here – they had both been in the youth group at our old church that my dad was the leader of! But it was also spiritually diverse. Some of the families we got to know in our small group had come out of the drug culture, had been divorced, been abused, and they all shared testimonies of how Christ delivered them and brought them to FCC. It opened our spiritual eyes to the diversity that existed in the Body of Christ that we had not experienced before.
We have both grown tremendously in our time at FCC – in our knowledge of Scripture but especially in our being challenged to live out our faith in everything we do and to be “Jesus with skin on” to the world we live in outside the walls of FCC. One of the areas we are most appreciative of is the ministry that FCC has had in the lives of our 3 boys. Each one has been mentored and grown into their own faith and their own walk with God through the faithful ministry of their youth leaders.
As servant-leaders at FCC we have had the privilege of receiving wonderful blessings from those we have served and served alongside within our church Body. We are humbled that we were chosen for this honor and we are excited to see what God will continue to do as we move forward in this new chapter of our FCC journey!
David & Emma Ramnarine
My husband David, our daughter Adrianne, and I have been at FCC since 2005. Adrianne started pre-school at CCS (now KHA) when we moved across the street from FCC; she just graduated from 8th grade this summer. The years have simply flown by! We started coming to FCC because David and I wanted to “just see” what the church that our daughter’s school is associated with was like. David was raised going to Lutheran churches and I, to Catholic ones. After getting married I joined David’s Lutheran church. We weren’t exactly looking for a church, but we weren’t getting the spiritual nourishment we needed. Of course we didn’t know what we were missing – we had no calibrator since the church we were at was not very different from all the churches we both grew up in respectively.
Isn’t it interesting how God gently nudges you in the direction He wants you to go in according to the plan He has laid out for you even before you were born!? And He had a different plan for us. From the moment we walked in to FCC for our first service in 2005, it felt different in so many ways – the worship, music, service, teachings, sense of community….it was so very different from the churches we had known, but it felt like home immediately….it’s where God wanted us to be. Now that we look back and connect the dots – us buying a house in this area, registering Adrianne at CCS, going to that first service at FCC in 2005, feeling like we fit right in, David joining the financial ministry, me joining choir – it was all in God’s plan for us….only we didn’t know.
Fast forward from 2005 to June 2015. We took a trip to the Holy Land with Pastor Sherman and Marti Williams, along with a wonderful group of several FCC families. Goodness, what a life-changing experience! God had been preparing us but we found ourselves at a decision point – getting baptized in the River Jordan. Should we? We struggled! We had both been baptized as children, attended church all our lives – did we really need to? We believe in Jesus as our one and only Savior, we knew He died for us and we are saved in Him. We didn’t fill out the baptism form that Pastor Sherman had sent out – decided it wasn’t something that we had to do. Besides, I’m petrified of being in the water since I don’t swim and don’t like to think about being dunked in!
No we didn’t need to do this. Before leaving I spoke to my aunt, who is very strong in her faith, about my conflict and she told me very lovingly, “God has been preparing you for this all your life. Do you not see it? From the moment your dad passed away when you were 15 to who you are today, He has given you every reason for your faith in Him to grow stronger even through all the adversities. Connect the dots from that time to today – all of it is a part of His plan for you”. David and I talked some more – from the moment he was a little boy going to Sunday school until today, he had felt God’s guidance through his life’s decisions as well. We prayed, “Prepare our hearts, Lord…saying yes to being baptized in you should really be a “no-brainer.”
The evening before the baptism, God nudged us to just go ask Pastor Sherman our questions. So after dinner David and I did. Oh how little we knew about the significance of baptism! Pastor Sherman patiently answered one question after another and the one thing he said that sealed it for us was “There are several things in the Bible that one can interpret one way or another, but regarding baptism the Bible is pretty clear.” We prayed, and God did His work – the next part of His plan for us fell into place – our hearts were ready.
Pastor Sherman baptized 12 of us. David and I were the last. The feeling of peace and joy in my heart on recommitting our lives to him, and doing it together, was simply inexpressible. When my dad had passed away, my mother had my sister and I sing “I surrender all: All to Jesus I surrender, all to Him I freely give, I will ever love and trust Him, in His presence daily live.” Pastor Sherman asked David and I to sing that hymn after he baptized us. All I could do was smile at the Master Planner. He is persistent when it comes to His children – we belong to Him and He will never stop working out His plan in our lives. That is such a comforting assurance!