Church Without Walls, Berkeley is led by a Board of Elders, a small group of men and women who oversee CWOW’s ministry and staff. Each year, the elders are presented to the members of the congregation for approval for the following ministry year.

You can email the current Elder Team at

2020-21 Elder Team

Mike Chen
Mike currently serves as the head of an independent Christian school in Pacifica, where he prepares students for social justice causes. He also enjoys hosting backyard gatherings for his CWOW life group and friends. Ask him about researching in Nepal, living in Boston Chinatown, and making sourdough bread.
Abby Jensen
Vinita Lee
Jake Qian
In addition to serving as CWOW's treasurer, Jake is involved in the "virtual group," a life group that combines online and in-person meetings to accommodate the schedules of parents with young children. Ask him about the Minnesota Twins, innovation, and being the dad of rambunctious, adorable, hilarious twins.
Bora Reed
Board Chair
Bora has been a part of CWOW since its inception. She leads a life group and pre-church prayer. Ask her about ultimate frisbee, writing fiction, and the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises.
Gustavo Smok
Passionate about serving vulnerable communities, Gustavo is a Social Worker for the SF Family & Children's Services Department. After arriving in the Bay Area in 2005, he felt immediately at home at CWOW, where he currently serves on the Pastoral Care Team and as a Godly Play teacher. Ask him about South America, mountain biking, soccer, Chile and Latin America.
Anne Park Grant
Executive Director
Gary VanderPol
Senior Pastor
Gary VanderPol holds a MA in Theological Philosophy from the Graduate Theological Union and a PhD in History of Global Christianity from Boston University. He is the co-author of Return to Justice: Six Movements That Reignited Our Contemporary Evangelical Conscience.. Ask him about cliff jumping, growing up in Modesto, co-owning an apartment building that serves refugees.

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