Kenji was born in Osaka, Japan into a non-practicing Buddhist home. By the grace of God, his family moved to Greensboro, NC – an area with more churches than Asians. God saved him at the age of 16 and called him to ministry while involved with Cru in college. However, he spent the next five years in the corporate world to honor his parents before attending seminary. Upon receiving his Masters in Theology, his family moved to Fairfax, VA in 2003 to pastor in a multiethnic church in the Washington DC metro area. He has pastored All Peoples Community Church in his neighborhood since it’s first Sunday on September 18, 2016.
Kenji is married to Christine, his college sweetheart and they have three children, Charis, Alana, and Derek. They have a multiethnic/multiracial family, as Christine's parents are German immigrants. He is a basketball junkie, an apostle for the Dallas Cowboys, and has the metabolism of a humming bird.
Pastor/Church Plant Resident
Having moved around frequently as a military kid, Aaron considers Chesapeake, VA home. On his way to completing his undergraduate degree in Computer Science at George Mason University, he placed his faith in Jesus and God called him into pastoral ministry. He served as an Intern at a multiethnic church in the Washington, DC metro area while working on his undergraduate degree. He later served as an Intern and Pastoral Resident at a church plant in Dallas, TX while completing his Masters in Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Shortly after graduation in 2014, his family moved to Trumbull, CT where he served as the Pastor of Community at a local church before moving back to the Washington, DC metro area to plant a church.
Aaron is married to Lauren and they have three young boys. He enjoys reading, running and roughhousing with his boys.
DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN'S MINISTRY
Jessie Abella has worked with children all her life and desires for them to know God and experience His transforming work in their lives. Prior to joining the APCC staff she taught Second grade at Immanuel Christian School for six years. She lives with her godly husband and delightful daughter. She loves the diversity of the DMV area and is an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan.
OUR SUMMER INTERNS
JONATHAN YEO is a senior at Liberty University studying Pastoral Leadership. He originally planned to attend this Christian university to play competitive paint ball and also was an atheist who wanted to "learn everything he could about Christianity, so he could make fools of Christians." But God had other plans, in his first semester, after reading the book of Romans and seriously considering the claims of the Christian faith, God saved him from his folly and his sins. The following week, he felt God's call to be a pastor. He came to APCC to learn about pastoring a church plant and to continue his quest of finding the best Philly cheesesteak in the world.
NATE FARAG is an Egyptian who spent his formative years in Egypt and Northern Virginia. He grew up in the Coptic Orthodox church, but never heard that salvation is by grace and not religious works. It was not until he went to an evangelical church in high school that Nate understood the Gospel of Jesus and surrendered his life to the Lord Jesus. Nate's family began attending APCC and he joined them on his breaks from college. He jumped at the opportunity to love on kids and help with our summer camps. He is a junior at Liberty studying to be a Social Studies teacher. He is a fun-loving (big) kid at heart and he wants to go bungee jumping off the highest bridge possible and claims he can eat 28 hot dogs in one hour.