About

Who are we?

We are the English Ministry of the Chesterbrook Taiwanese Presbyterian Church located near the Tyson’s Corner area of Northern Virginia. We come from all walks of life striving to be centered on God’s Word and His Mission.  The church also provides a Taiwanese-speaking service on Sundays and a Mandarin-speaking fellowship on Friday evenings.
 

What are we about?

We are building a community of disciples that point people to Jesus by enjoying God, experiencing community, and engaging the World. This vision shapes all the we do, and we are constantly evolving so that we are making purposeful progress towards growth.
We are excited to see what God will do through us and we invite you to be a part of this journey!

The Gospel

At the heart of what we believe is the gospel of Jesus Christ. The good news of the gospel is that Christ died for sinners, was buried, and on the third day, Jesus rose from the dead (1 Cor 15:3-5). Jesus lived on behalf of us, died our death, and rose again, thus triumphing over sin, death, and eternal separation. Through faith in Christ, we are reconciled to the Father, adopted as sons and daughters, and have been given a mission to be Christ’s voice, hands and feet in our world.
We are part of a greater family called Presbyterians. Presbyterians are distinctive in two major ways: they adhere to a pattern of religious thought known as Reformed theology and a form of government that stresses the active, representational leadership of both ministers and church members.
At the heart of Reformed thought are the Five “Solas”
1 Sola scriptura (“by Scripture alone”)
2 Sola fide (“by faith alone”)
3 Sola gratia (“by grace alone”)
4 Solo Christo (“Christ alone” or “through Christ alone”)
5 Soli Deo gloria (“glory to God alone”)
We rely on the Bible as our authority and source of guidance in leading the church. Secondarily, we are guided by our constitution which consists of the Book of Confessions and Book of Order.

1990
Four Families from the Taiwanese Presbyterian Church of Washington (Wheaton, MD) planted a church called Taiwanese Presbyterian Mission of Northern Virginia. They met at Christ Presbyterian Church in Fairfax.
1993
Taiwanese Presbyterian Church of Northern Virginia moved to Oakton Elementary School on August 1, 1993.
1995
Rev. Dr. John Yieh became the pastor of TPCVA. Ken and Irene Liu called to help youth ministry.
1998
TPCVA calls Rev. Dr. David Chen to become Pastor. Susan Chen led the youth ministry while overseeing English service
2001
TPCVA moves to Chesterbrook Presbyterian Church and changes her name to Chesterbrook Taiwanese Presbyterian Church. Winnie Chu called as part time youth director.
2002
Kenneth Liu is called as full time Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. The English Service moved to the main sanctuary in June 2002.
2005
Ken was ordained and installed as Minister of Word and Sacrament on May 25th.
2006
CTPC elected four deacons from the English Ministry and were commissioned to oversee the vision and execution of the English Ministry.
2012
Kenneth Liu steps down from his position and is replaced by interim Pastor Young Park. Mayline Yu becomes part-time Youth Director. Huai-En Tsai becomes part-time Children’s Director.
2013
Rev. Dr. David Chen steps down from his position.
 

PASTORS

Pastor Young Park (Interim English Pastor)
 

STAFF

Mayline Yu (Interim Youth Director and EM Administrator)
Huai-En Tsai (Children’s Ministry Director)
 

ENGLISH MINISTRY DEACONS

James Chen (Missions)
Stacy Chen (Care)
Teresa Chen (Education)
Tin Chin (Worship)
Richard Lin (Spiritual Growth)
Martin Tsai (Fellowship)
 

Congregational Leadership

Session
This is the group of people, elected by the congregation, who make the decisions for the running of the local church. In some churches this group is called the “church council.”
Elders
The session is composed of elders. This doesn’t have to do with age so much as those who are considered competent and wise enough to make good decisions. There are two kinds of elders, “ruling elders” and “teaching elders.” The ruling elders come from the congregation and are elected to serve in three-year cycles. The teaching elder is the pastor. This person is called a teaching elder because they have to go to a lot of school to get the education to preach and teach proper doctrine. The pastor is often also called the minister, or a “minister of the Word and Sacrament.”
Deacons
The office of deacon as set forth in scripture is one of sympathy, witness, and service after the example of Jesus Christ. Persons of sound character, honest repute, of exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, warm sympathies, and sound judgment should be chosen for office”. (G-6.0401)
Moderator
This is the person who runs a meeting of elders or deacons, or a presbytery or committee meeting. In a club or other gathering he or she would be called the “chairperson” or perhaps “president.” The moderator of a session is a teaching elder. The moderator of a presbytery may be either a teaching elder or a ruling elder.

National and Regional Leadership

Presbytery
The presbytery is made up of a group of churches usually in a certain geographical area. The presbytery meeting includes “presbyters,” both ruling and teaching elders, who gather to make decisions affecting the presbytery.
Synod
The Synod is the regional expression consisting of at least three presbyteries. Presbytery elects and sends commissioners to serve the region.
General Assembly
GA is the highest governing body and is the representative of the unity of the synods, presbyteries, sessions, and congregations of the PCUSA. Meets once a year