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Francis Chan

Francis Chan

Chan was born in Hong Kong to native Chinese parents. His mother tongue is Cantonese. Francis Chan's mother died giving birth to him in Hong Kong. The family moved to the U.S. when Francis Chan was 5 years old. Chan's father founded a Chinese church in which Francis Chan spent much of his childhood. Chan's father remarried when Chan was 8 years old. Then, his stepmother died in a car accident when he was 9 years old. His father remarried again when he was 10. His father then died of cancer when Chan was 12 years old. These deaths helped Francis Chan understand at an early age the importance of knowing God. Francis Chan was then raised by his second stepmother Josephine Chan along with his older sister Grace, older brother Paul and much younger half-sister, Gloria. He had family support from his father's younger sister and her husband, Marion and William Wong, along with a large extended family and church family. He did not get along well with his father growing up, but says that his fear of his father has helped him understand a level of fear of God. He also stated he didn't understand the love of God well until he became a father himself.

As a high-school and then junior-college student, Chan was active in Christian youth groups which helped develop his faith in Christ and his interest in ministry. Before becoming a senior pastor, Chan worked for a variety of employers including Taco Bell, Mic Pizza, Kirby Company, Ralphs Market, Broadway Men's Clothing, hardwood flooring contractors, and the Acapulco restaurant. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Master's College and a Master of Divinity degree from Master's Seminary.

After a three-month leave from Cornerstone, Chan said he felt convicted to sacrifice more for God. Chan gives away about 90 percent of his income, doesn't take a salary from his church, and has donated most of his book royalties, which have totaled about $2,000,000, to various charities. Much of it goes to organizations which rescue sex slaves in foreign countries.

Furthermore, in 2008 it was reported that Cornerstone would give away 55% of its income to charitable causes. In 2015 he noted in a sermon at Abundant Life Christian Fellowship that he owns restaurants, a marina, and a hotel that he uses to finance his current mission work. In September 2014, Chan joined the board of elders of Abundant Life Christian Fellowship—a Spirit-led non-denominational, evangelical, and broadly multi-ethnic church in Mountain View, California—as an "elder among elders," and regularly preaches there. As of August 2016, he is no longer listed on Abundant Life's list of elders.

source: Wikipédia 

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