Ryan and Suky Longfield
After graduating from Cal in 2002, Ryan returned to the campus as a full-time minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship for 4 years. Since then, Ryan has been a full-time missionary in the marketplace working for companies like Google, Sony and now LinkedIn. He has a desire to see people live with purpose, passion and joy in their work-life, and to see corporate culture transformed to reflect the wonderful heart of God. Ryan and his wife Suky have been happily married since 2005.
Suky is originally from San Jose and came to Cal in 1997 for her undergraduate education. After her time at Cal, she obtained a secondary-school teaching credential with every intention of teaching high school students, but God interrupted her plans and called her into ministry within the Church instead. Suky ministers primarily through counseling, teaching, and discipleship. She has a heart for the people of God to function in emotional wholeness, healthy relationships, and genuine intimacy with the Lord, and for them to stand solid in Christian character as evidenced by the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5).
Since she was 18, Christina Boiles has been radically pursued by a love-crazy Jesus. After meditating with Buddhists, giving offerings with Hindus, reading Oprah-featured self-help books, and trying out numerology, she surrendered to Jesus as the one and only Savior who could offer true heart transformation and a living relationship of unconditional love with a friend and Father. With nine years of management experience in both the tech and nonprofit sectors, Christina is now using her strategic leadership to help the Ark establish its programs and ministries. Recently married, Christina and her husband John Boiles live an adventurous life on a sailboat in the Berkeley Marina.
leadership & community development leader
Hatty Lee’s primary objective in life is to love well and to fight for what is right. She hails from the City of Angels and now calls Berkeley home after almost a decade of building community in Bay - bringing together folks from different backgrounds, red states and blue states, in and out of church, on and off of college campuses, and everything in between. After leaving her nine-to-five job in the nonprofit world, Hatty is now using her gifts for activating and uniting communities to pursue one of the deepest desires of her heart: she is shaping the Ark into a church that will bring the brokenhearted and poor in spirit to be filled by the transformative love of Jesus.
community Formation leader
After joining a church community towards the end of high school, David discovered a tangible, active God who knew him, spoke to him, and provided for him in supernatural ways. His experience has shown him that there is room in God's house for everyone, and whether we know it or not, we are all, like puzzle pieces, critical to forming His family. As the Ark's Community Formation Leader, David's vision is for every newcomer to find a home in the church. As a former K-8 principal, youth ministry leader, and a student with YWAM and IRIS ministries, David finds his greatest joy in supporting people as they find their place in community and grow in their callings. In his spare time, when he's not hanging out with his wife and daughter, David likes to dabble in his rotating list of interests, which include painting, music production, and edible gardening.
Raised in Hong Kong, Jacqueline met Jesus a few years before she moved to the States to attend Cornell University. Shortly thereafter, she found herself haunted by debilitating anxiety fueled by self-criticisms. As Jesus continually spoke to Jacqueline, her heart woke to His kindness and love. One exchange at a time, the Spirit beckoned her to trade in her own terms for Christ's acceptance for His unconditional love. Recently graduated from Cal, Jacqueline is now more alive than ever and is enjoying her new-found freedom through work and rest. She loves creating beautiful things such as music and art, and is easily intrigued and fascinated by new ideas.
After extensive research in religion, Cory Chen discovered that following Jesus was the only true way to live and thus, gave his life to Christ. His passion is to help college students develop their own intimate relationship with God and sustain a walk of faith for a lifetime.
On an around-the-world mission trip, God gave Christina Young a vision of His goodness to all people through the church. She is moved by the passion of college students who want to be devoted to Jesus. Christina’s dream for college community is to be people of consistent character, who are true to who God created and called them to be.
STEPHEN AND JOY YANG
Stephen Yang is a self-proclaimed nerd -- of the lifelong a capella and comic-book variety. Fortunately for the Ark, he also possesses a lifelong heart for worship. Introduced to worship music by a friend as he was first learning the guitar, the Lord used musical expression to spark a real relationship with Stephen, creating a foundation that has continued to serve a bedrock for his faith. Stephen’s desire is for corporate worship at the Ark to reflect worship in heaven, where the praises of the assembly are completely focused on who God is, what he has done, and what he will do. Like his wife Joy, Stephen hopes that worship at the Ark will move others into a lifestyle of adoration and surrender that transcends both music and service.
Like Stephen, Joy Yang had musical worship written into her spiritual DNA from the beginning -- she first encountered the Lord in her bedroom while listening to Switchfoot. From then on, Joy has remained convinced of the powerful ways God speaks through song. Joy’s heart for worship ministry developed while directing a Christian a cappella group in college, where songs were their primary expression of evangelism (this is also how she met Steve). As co-worship leader with her husband Stephen, Joy’s heart is for every believer at the Ark to walk in a lifestyle of ceaseless worship.
Emily Fu dreams of a global homecoming: of lost children finding their Father, of strangers meeting and falling in love with Jesus, of orphans being welcomed into their forever home. Though she met Jesus at a young age, it was at the Ark that Emily came to experience his power to set her free from addictions and to redeem her past. Her desire is to bring more people into the kingdom to experience the transformation and renewed purpose she has received. As director of local and international missions, Emily is making Jesus known through intercession, evangelism, and tangible acts of service and kindness, communicating his character at home and abroad.
Nancy Liaw was once a self-proclaimed “femi-Nazi.” Fueled by an anger that "protected" her from fear and self-hatred, Nancy eventually attended Cornell University, where she was confronted with a painful revelation of her own shortcomings. One desperate night, Nancy surrendered her pride and asked God to show up -- and experienced his overwhelming peace for the first time. Later, a miracle and a good friend brought her to The Call, Washington DC, and the rest is history. In addition to a successful career as a businesswoman in the tech industry, Nancy’s desire is for Ark young adults to be mature lovers and friends of Jesus -- to exude life from their innermost being, to be salt and light in the world, and to live life "from glory to glory."
SAMMY AND SARAH GO
san francisco leaders
Although not a San Francisco native, Sarah Go moved to the city after college and fell in love with its culture and spirit. As she has deepened her relationships in the workplace and soaked in the life of the city, God has grown her heart for the communities that find a home there. Sarah sees how much he wants to love every person, people group, and neighborhood in San Francisco and is excited to partner with him in developing an entry point for Ark to reach the city. Sarah hopes the SF community will bless San Francisco by the way they love, serve, and intercede for their city.
Since launching his personal floral design business in San Francisco, the city in which he grew up, Samuel Go has been inspired to bring Ark’s ethos to the city and the unique individuals who make it their home. Samuel is passionate about the Holy Spirit’s ability to move through artistic expression and believes that the impact of art is amplified through community. Whereas he sees Berkeley as an incubator of ideas, he believes that SF implements those ideas through art, business, and technology. Through SF community, Samuel is developing a community of creative people who advance the kingdom by acting as cultural forerunners.