Board of Deacons
Gary Dong grew up in Sacramento and accepted Jesus as his personal Savior in the first grade Sunday school class at Chinese Grace Bible Church in Sacramento. His earlier years in ministry include ushering in 5th grade, High School Youth Board President, life-guarding for High School and Jr. High Camps, leader and mentor for College ministries, transportation ministries, and team leader for Mexico Outreach. His more recent experiences include being a founding member and deacon for a church start-up, Audio Ministry Director for a mega-church, strategic outreach, various video ministries, Mexico Missions, and Pastoral Search Committee.
Gary moved to Santa Clara after he married his beautiful wife Karen in 2012; the wedding was officiated by Pastor Richard Reaves. Gary became a church member shortly after coming to Santa Clara First Baptist Church and in addition to being on the Board is currently serving in the Sound & Streaming Ministry, a Life Group Leader, and Bethlehem Parking & Safety Coordinator. Gary is a Packaging Engineer for an e-commerce company that started out selling books. When he finds a spare moment from work and church, you can find him cooking, hiking, or traveling with his wife.
Matt Stephens has been attending this church since before he had a say in the matter. As a baby, he was dedicated to this church and to The Kingdom. Although he studied for 7 years away from the Silicon Valley, he returned home after school and once again became involved in church ministry and leadership and now attends alongside his wife Kimberly and Son Joshua.
Matt served on the final iteration of the old governance system's "Board of Deacons," continues to serve in the worship team and also served for many years in youth ministry.
Matt believes strongly in the power of study, reflection and application of scripture. The same bible has been used for generations and still offers relevant teaching, guidance and encouragement for our everyday life. The message is sacred, but the methods are flexible. Matt believes that if we lift Jesus up, and preach the simple news of the gospel, Jesus will inevitably draw people to him. He is honored to be a part of the planning of the future of Santa Clara First Baptist Church.
Yessica I. McLenegan
Yessica I. McLenegan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been practicing in San José since 2010. She works with individuals, families, teens, and couples on issues related to depression, anxiety, communication, and stress. She graduated from Santa Clara University with a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and Latino Psychology emphasis. She has been attending SCFBC since 2015 and serves on the worship team and as a youth mentor. Yessica became a Christian at the young age of 6 while at Sunday school with her favorite teacher. She grew up attending Spanish speaking church and has been able to serve in using both her two languages Spanish and English. She enjoys helping others and has a special heart for working with the Latino community. Yessica enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, running, traveling, and volunteering with animals. Yessica has been happily married to her husband Tim McLenegan since 2015 and both serve at SCFBC.
I am blessed with a lovely family of two kids and my wife. I have a Masters in Computer, working in IT. Throughout my career I lived and been to so many places and God has always been faithful holding me up and blessed me in all the ways. I have a busy work schedule but the rest of the time I would like to serve the Lord.
MaryAnn was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She accepted the Lord and was Baptized at the age of twelve at Temple Baptist Church. She received her BA from SFSU and was married two years later. She became a member at Santa Clara First Baptist Church when she and her husband moved to Saratoga where they raised their two children. They served the church is various capacities.
Following her husband's passing MaryAnn worked for American Baptist Homes as a Resident Services Director and for Abbot Labs as a Management and Professional Development Manager/Trainer in North America. She has served the Lord at SCFBC in many different capacities: Sunday School Teacher, Manna Hospitality Group, Diaconate, Church Clerk. Currently, along with serving on the Board, she is a member of Power Up and is co-leader for WOW (Women of the Word) Life Groups. She is excited to see the Lord growing people in their daily walk with Him.
Caron Thor is a Bay Area native, born and raised in San Jose. Her family attended East Valley Baptist church which is where she was saved and baptized at an early age. After graduating from UC Berkeley, she settled in the South Bay with her husband where they are now raising their two teenage children in the wonderful city of Santa Clara. Caron works as an Image Quality manager for the IOS camera at Apple. Her husband, Patrick is a financial advisor.
Caron is sometimes known as 'the coffee lady' as she started the coffee ministry that provides fresh brewed coffee before Sunday school and the church service. She's been attending SCFBC for 5 years and is excited about serving on the church board.