Rev. William “Bill” Caleb Teng
Born and raised in Hong Kong and a fourth generation Presbyterian, Bill is the son and grandson of Presbyterian ministers. He came to the United States at the age of eighteen to study at Nyack college (NY) and received a degree in Orchestral Conducting and Music Composition.
While doing graduate work in Music History and Conducting at the City College of New York, with an eye toward a music career, Bill founded and conducted the Nyack Symphony, a semiprofessional orchestra. He later felt a definite call to ministry and studied at the Alliance Theological Seminary (NY). While a seminary student, Bill also served as Minister of Music at Simpson Memorial Church in Nyack, New York.
Bill later studied music and worship in the Doctor of Musical Arts degree program at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. While there, he also served as Associate Pastor of the Arlington (TX) Alliance Church and was ordained a Minister of the Word and Sacrament in July of 1985.
In 1986, Bill was invited to return to Hong Kong to found and coordinate a Department of Church Music at the Alliance Bible Seminary. In addition to this charge, he was also Director of Public Relations and Development, and taught courses in Apologetics, Christian Ethics, and Worship. While there, he also served as Interim Pastor at Emmanuel English Church, an international congregation.
In 1990, after returning to the United States, Bill served as Minister of Pastoral Care and Worship at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Satellite Beach, Florida. In 1996, he was called by Union Church Hong Kong, an international congregation and the oldest Protestant church in the former British colony, having been founded in 1844. During that time, he also became Chair of the founding Board of Directors of Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) Hong Kong, an international human rights advocacy group for the persecuted church around the world. He returned to the United States in January of 1999 to become Senior Pastor of the Chinese Community Church, an international and interdenominational congregation in Washington, DC. Bill later served as Pastor/Head of Staff at Heritage Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, Virginia from 2001 to 2015. He has been serving as Pastor/Head of Staff at First Presbyterian Church in Arcadia, Florida since August 2015.
After serving as Moderator of the National Capital Presbytery in 2004, Bill became Chair of the Presbytery Council in 2005 and re-elected onto the Council in 2009 and its Chair in 2014. He also served and chaired various presbytery committees, such as Worship & Theology, Bills & Overtures, Nominating, Planning & Evaluations, and was Moderator of the Permanent Judicial Commission (2010-13). Bill was elected Commissioner to the 214th and 216th General Assemblies (2002 & 2004) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He was endorsed by National Capital Presbytery to stand for Moderator of the 218th General Assembly (2008). In 2009, he was appointed to serve on the General Assembly Special Committee to Study Issues of Civil Union and Christian Marriage and was a signer of its Minority Report.
Bill also sat on the Board of Directors of Presbyterians For Renewal (PFR) from 2003-2014, as its President in 2007 and again in 2013/14, until its merger with Fellowship of Presbyterians to form The Fellowship Community in 2015, and is currently serving on its Presiding Board.
With the Reformed understanding that one doesn’t merely pastor a congregation, but a city, Bill was active in the Metro Washington community, having served on the Mayor’s Faith Advisory Council of Washington, DC (1999-2001) and the WRC-TV (NBC4) Community Advisory Board from 2000-15. He also sat on the Board of Directors of the Reformed Institute of Metropolitan Washington and Christian Solidarity Worldwide (USA) and served on the Fairfax County Interfaith Leadership Council, Fairfax County Chaplain Corps, and as a volunteer Chaplain with the Civil Air Patrol, the Auxiliary of the United States Air Force, with the rank of Major. While active in the Asian-American community, Bill was also a volunteer instructor in Cultural Sensitivity training at the Blue Plains Police Academy of the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, DC.
Bill and his wife, Karen, were married in March of 1987. After living in the National Capital area for seventeen years, they now reside in Lake Suzy, Florida.
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