Tom Tran was born and raised in Vietnam in a Christian home. He accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior at the age of twelve.
In April 1975, North Vietnamese Communist troops invaded and took over South Vietnam by force. They took Tom's father, a colonel of South Vietnamese Armed Forces, to concentration camp for ten years. Tom's family suffered religious and political persecution under the Communist regime.
Between 1977 and 1982, Tom tried to escape from Vietnam by boat seven times. All were failed and he was caught, and stayed in Communist prison three times. Right after his release, Tom escaped again with 50 others in a small and old river boat which was 30 foot long and 10 foot wide. After five days, they reached the shore of Thailand in March 1982. Tom lived through two refugee camps within eighteen months before arriving in the U.S. in November 1983. This escaping experience has led him to say yes to God's call to ministry.
Rev. Tran completed his theological education at Pacific Christian College (Hope International University) and Claremont School of Theology. In June 1994, he was ordained to full-time ministry by Bishop Sano. Since then he has served four churches in different capacities.
Rev. Tran loves the church and the people whom he serves. His gifts and graces are in the area of leadership, preaching, teaching and pastoral care. Rev. Tran is married to Tracy and they have three children: Wesley 16, Tiffany 14, and Trisha 12.
You can rest assured that bringing new people to the church is the number one priority in his agenda. Rev. Tran looks forward to meeting and working with each one of you.